In our generation, wickedness and unrighteousness is being celebrated, believers are being pressurized to live by the belief system of the world in which they find themselves.
We are tempted to follow the “flow” of the world against The Word
I read Psalms 37, it has a number of outstanding lessons.
Verse 1; I learnt never to envy evil people, they may be extremely rich or popular but it will eventually pass away, it will wither and vanish like the grass and flowers. For me as a believer, I have much more! (I am not like flowers) Treasures in heaven, oh joy! What an unbeliever gets may last him a lifetime, what I get from Abba lasts forever.
Verse 4&5: David admonishes us to take delight in Abba and commit all of our ways to Him. How do we do this? To delight in someone means to experience great joy and satisfaction when we are with the person and this can only happen when we know such person well! So to delight in God, we have to know Him! Knowledge of God’s great love for us will always give us delight, plus God is in us, we are delighted forever!To commit ourselves to the LORD means entrusting everything; our lives, families, career, possessions, everything even to the most minute to His control and guidance. This commitment means to trust Him, to believe that He can take care of us far better than we ever can and we should be willing to wait patiently for Him to work out what he has for us (37;7).
Verse 8&9; Anger and worry (fretting) are two very destructive emotions. They reveal a lack of faith that God loves us and is in control. We should trust instead of worry, we should give ourselves to Him for His use and safekeeping. When we dwell on our problems, we become anxious and angry, if we concentrate on God and His goodness, we will find peace.
Verse 11; Meekness doesn’t seem like the proper weapon to deal with our enemies. God’s warfare must be carried out with calm faith, humility before Abba and hope in His deliverance not forgetting that our weapons are indeed not carnal.
Verse 21; We can have a glimpse into an Individual’s personality by the way s/he handles money. The wicked steals under the guise of stealing, the righteous gives out generously to the needy. It is evident that the wicked is focused on himself, while the righteous looks out for the welfare of others like Abba always does.
Verse 23&24; The person in whom God delights is one who follows and trusts Him. Abba watches over such and makes friend every step of such. We should seek His advice before stepping out
Verse 25; Children starve today as much as they did during David’s time. What did David mean by these words? The children of the righteous need not give hungry because other believers can always help out.
In David’s time, Israel obeyed God’s laws that ensured the poor were treated fairly and mercifully. As long as Israel was obedient, there was enough food for everyone. When Israel forgot God, the rich took care of themselves alone and the poor suffered (Amos 2: 6-7).When we see a believer suffering today; there three possible approach; We can say like Job’s friend did that the person brought it upon himself. We can say that this a character development test from God; to develop patience and trust in God. We can help the person in needed. I’m sure David would endorse the third option. We don’t have an excuse for not helping the needy around us.
Verse 34; It is difficult to wait patiently for God to act when we want change right away. But God promises that if we submit to His timing, He will honour us.
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Peter said, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time” (1 Peter 5:6). Be patient, steadily doing the work God has given you to do and allow God to choose the best time to change your circumstances
Remember, God’s Word is eternal and ever relevant because “God is Ancient of Days and also the Ultramodern of days” – Professor E. K. Adesogan
Our ideas, society and era may stand against God’s Word but we choose to follow Him.
Let me end with this; “The Christian should allow God’s Word to be his final arbiter on matters of morality and should not allow himself be bound by what the society says” — Professor E. K. Adesogan
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