Ahhhhh, it’s the last of Through the Word, Through the Week–2TWSquared.
I want to glean all the grain our Father has given us to feast on as we finish our study of Psalm 37.
For our finale, here are the last 5 verses:
35″ I have seen the wicked in great power,
and spreading himself like a green bay tree.
36 Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not:
yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.” (KJV)
David ends this Psalm as he began–pointing out that people who are all flower and show really have no staying power. They look beautiful for awhile, but they’ll eventually blow away.
Remember verse 1 (from the Message, this time):
“Don’t bother your head with braggarts
or wish you could succeed like the wicked.
In no time they’ll shrivel like grass clippings
and wilt like cut flowers in the sun.”
“37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright:
for the end of that man is peace.”
I love how we’re encouraged to ‘behold the upright, ‘the blameless man’ (ESV) because our end will be peace.
I think my greatest struggles with non-peace come when I have my eyes on everyone else–particularly out here in the Christian blogosphere. There are so many good writers with profound things to say. I just don’t speak like they do, live like they do, look like they do…….pretty silly when I say that all out loud.
But truth is, God is showing me so often how my peace comes when I keep my eyes on HIM and listen to what He’s calling me to do, what He wants me to say. He wants me to be like Him. When I let go and relax in who he’s making me, I’m at peace.
The Message version says, “Keep your eye on the healthy soul, scrutinize the straight life; There’s a future in strenuous wholeness.”
Wow. ‘Strenuous wholeness.’ I have to work at letting God make me whole. Not deciding how it’s going to be done and changing in my own power, but surrendering to God and his plans.
Sometimes (most of the time) the biggest rock in my way is ME. God, keep my eyes turned the right direction.
“38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.”
That’s The bad news. (The Message version says, ‘the willful will soon be discarded.’
Thrown out. Yikes.)
And then the amazing “But God…….” (I love those!)
“39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord:
he is their strength in the time of trouble,
40 And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them:
he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them,
because they trust in him.”
Our salvation ‘t’shuah’ in the Hebrew–“rescue, help, safety, deliverance” means (I think) that God saves us from ourselves….
and He delivers us, not because we’re perfect
not because we’ve followed the rules
not because we’ve never sinned
but because we trust in him.
In the ESV it says “the LORD helps them….because they take refuge in him.
This word is also rendered trust–‘khaw-saw’ (Heb.) ‘to flee for protection,
to confide in, to have hope, to make a refuge.’
The Message says,
“39-40 The spacious, free life is from God,
it’s also protected and safe.
God-strengthened, we’re delivered from evil–
when we run to him, he saves us.”
When we run to him, he saves us…Hallelujah.
We started out this journey walking along a pathway in the Word. We will be Pilgrims heading for home together until we see Him face to face. I’m so glad to have been a companion with you!
“Father, thank you that your hand is there gripping us tightly to catch us when we trip and fall, that your arms are outstretched when we come running, that you’ve given us a spacious, free life. Help us Father to run in the way of your commands as we get closer to seeing you. For your glory and by your power and in Jesus name we pray…..Amen.”