Psalm 37, part 6

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Psalm 37:35-40 (ESV)

35 I have seen a wicked, ruthless man,     spreading himself like a green laurel tree. 36 But he passed away, and behold, he was no more;     though I sought him, he could not be found.

37 Mark the blameless and behold the upright,     for there is a future for the man of peace. 38 But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed;     the future of the wicked shall be cut off.

As the Psalm ends, the writer sums his message up for us. The wicked, ruthless man appears to prosper in this life, but not forever. He passes away and is gone. In contrast, the blameless, upright man of peace has a future that will last into eternity. The only good the wicked will ever receive is in this temporary life. But the man of God will receive an eternal future in Heaven.

39 The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;     He is their stronghold in the time of trouble. 40 The Lord helps them and delivers them;     He delivers them from the wicked and saves them,     because they take refuge in Him.

And once again the Psalmist reminds us, the salvation of the righteous man does not come from within himself, it comes from the LORD.

  • Salvation from the LORD
  • The LORD is their stronghold in trouble
  • The LORD helps them
  • The LORD delivers them
  • The LORD delivers them from the wicked
  • The LORD saves them

And why? Because they deserve it? Because they are strong? No.

It is because they take refuge in HIM. It’s not about me at all, it’s about God Himself. It’s not what I do, it is what God does.

Amen.

©Rebecca A Givens, 05/22/16

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