Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Psalm 37:1-2 - Do not fret because of evildoers

"Do not fret because of evildoers,
Be not envious toward wrongdoers.
For they will wither quickly like the grass
And fade like the green herb. (Psalm 37:1-2)
The world is engulfed in evil. There are terrorists who conduct suicidal missions and expect rewards in the after-life. Persecution in many countries is fierce: bibles are burned and Christians become martrys. Scientists promote their own doctrines which seek to take God off His throne and put in His place time and chance. Adultery, homosexuality, drunkeness, hypocrisy, deception, hatred, and numerous other offenses toward God are everywhere.

David (the author of this Psalm) was very familiar with the consequences of sin. He knew what it was like to have murderous enemies. Yet, even with this knowledge, David states in this verse: Do not fret because of evildoers. This is a universal truth— a truth which applies to this day.

Do not develop a fearful worry because of those who love sin. Why should the Christian be fretful over a terrorist who seeks to kill? Though it should be a desire to remain faithful to God on this earth a little longer, yet: to live is Christ and to die is gain (Philippians 1:21). Why should anyone be envious of a wrongdoer? Why should anyone desire the apparent success of a wrongdoer?

The apparent successes of wrongdoers will wither quickly. Their apparent success, fame, fortune, power, and majesty lasts only a few years. And after that, they wither quickly like the grass. God is eternal, but man lives out a short and finite life on this earth. What need is there to fret because of evildoers? They may enjoy a short reign here on earth, but after that short period has ended and death has set in, an eternal period still remains. So do not fret over evildoers, because they are here today and gone tomorrow. Instead, trust in the Lord and do good— for He is the One who reigns forever.

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Psalm 1:1 - Traverse Not With Wickedness
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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Earthly Weapons and Heavenly Strength - Psalm 21:7

Some boast in chariots and some in horses,
But we will boast in the name of the LORD, our God. (Psalm 21:7)
The terminology in this modern era is certainly more deadly: we have missiles, not chariots; we have tanks, not horses. However, none of these "great" technological innovations have caused a change in the truth set forth in this Psalm.

The constant boast of man is that he is strong, that he is superior— unconquerable. Many of the great military leaders throughout history have boasted in their strength. The irony of this boasting is revealed in this Psalm: man boasts of his great strength, yet he despises the One who possesses all strength. Man despises the One who supplies every breath that he breathes.

The believer should refuse to boast in weapons military superiority or physical strength Instead, the believer should boast name of the Almighty God. He is the One with all power. He is the one who is capable of defeating any foe— capable of overturning both chariots and horses.

Related Posts:
The Earth Belongs To God - Psalm 24:1-2
Do Not Fret Because Of Evildoers - Psalm 37:1-2
Psalm 1:1 - Traverse Not With Wickedness
How To Read The Bible (Part 1)