Be Righteous, Be Blessed!

Psalm 37:22-40

22 For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.

23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.

24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.

The second half of Psalm 37 is an uplifting part of scripture.David is talking about the righteous man through most of this part of the Psalm. First he says he will be blessed and  inherit the earth and the sinner cursed of him shall be cut off. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord he delights in his way. What a wonderful promise this is!  If we will keep ourselves doing the right thing God will order our steps. I know I want to be in that position. It reminds me of Proverbs 3:5 + 6 which tell me that if I acknowledge God in all my ways, He direct my path. What better way to stay in God’s will then to have God direct my path? Not only that but the second half of verse 23 tells me that I will delight in God’s way. It will be pleasurable and not difficult because I am trusting in Him. Oh, the joy and peace that we can have if we just stay in His path.  It won;’ be easy, but His Spirit will always be with us, and that will bring comfort in the difficult times.  Even Jesus said we would have tribulation in this world (John 16:33), but then He tells us He has overcome the world!  Hallelujah!

It’s good to know that if we fall we will not stay down.  God will pick us up. God will reach out with his ever-loving hand and take us and hold us. I love the picture David paints in verse 24 of God’s hand holding  us!  That gives us hope that we will never get to a point where we are too far away that God won’t find us. How comforting is that?

25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seenhe righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

26 He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.

27 Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.

28 For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.

29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.

30 The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.

31 The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.

I think probably all of us are familiar with this portion of scripture.  I have not seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed out begging for bread. What an amazing promise! David says throughout his life he’s never seen this happen. We can take comfort that God will always take care of us because verse 28 says He is ever merciful. That means He is always showing mercy to us.  I know I need His mercy everyday!   Don’t you?

He adds to this that the righteous extend mercy as well, and they lend because they are blessed. It’s good to know that God will give us the supply so that we can lend to others and help them when they have need. It’s also good to know that or we will be blessed if we live a righteous life.  I hear many say they haven’t given their lives to Christ because hey don’t want to give things up.. Oh my, the blessings they are missing more than make up for anything that has to go.  Besides that, the things that go are things that will destroy us, while what we gain brings life!

David admonishes the righteous to depart from evil and do good because the Lord loves judgment. We need to be just in everything that we do. We cannot claim to be righteous if we’re not being just. Doing right by everybody and making sure we treat everybody equally is part of being just. Our society today has very little justice it seem,  it’s sad. We see police officers being shot in their cars. police shooting people that are unarmed and not causing any problems. W see all kinds of corruption in our government and nobody can do anything. it reminds me of a couple verses in Habakkuk that talk about wrong judgement proceeding  (Hab 1:2-4).  What a prophetic word for today!   Our God is a God of justice, and we need to be the same.

The Lord loves right judgement and He doesn’t forsake His saints.  We are preserved forever what a wonderful blessing for us to know that we have a home in heaven and the wicked shall be cut off in the end.  Justice will reign. There are times on this earth where I see the unjust being blessed and the just struggling. It will not always be that way!  The righteous will inherit the land!  The righteous speaks wisdom and he talks of judgement.  The law of God is in his heart and none of the steps will slide.  What an amazing list of blessings to the righteous. Lord I pray to attain what David is talking about here. It seems like it would make my life so much simpler if I could just do these things that David mentioned here.

32 The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.

33 The Lord will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.

34 Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.

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.

Once again the wicked is watching a righteous man that walks in the ways of he Lord.  Deep in his heart he’d like to walk hat way. But He feels condemned by the righteous man and so he wants to kill him. This is often why good people get attacked by bad people. It’s sheer jealousy. The wicked did not see themselves living up to the same standard and so they want to bring people down to their level. But David says the Lord will not leave us in the wicked hands and He will not condemn us

When we get into these situations with the enemy the biggest thing we can do is to wait on God and keep his way. Don’t stoop to their level. Don’t get called into the games that they want to play.  Keep your righteousness about you and God will exalt you when the wicked is cut off.

David says that he has seen the wicked get blessed but then he passed away or he left never to be seen again. God always took care of David’s enemies. He may have to go through battles and it might not have been easy but David knew how to wait on the Lord, to keep his way and not do evil. There were two times that David could have killed Saul,  but David stayed righteous.  This was when Saul was out trying to kill David!   He would not kill the one the king. He knew that he had been anointed king but it wasn’t his time yet so he would wait. Even though he saw the wicked in power he knew that eventually God would remove Saul then David would be given the promise God had given him so many years before.  I need to learn to wait on God like that for my deliverance.  The pain and frustration I am going through right now will be gone when God is ready to lift it.  I just need to wait on Him!

37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.

38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.

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.

David says to take notice of the perfect man – the one that walks upright and no evil thing !is in his mouth.  He says that man will find peace. Oh how I love to find peace in my life!  I need to watch my mouth!

Verse 39 says that salvation for the righteous only comes from the Lord.  We know that all too well from the New Testament. Jesus said I am the way the truth and the life.  No man comes to the father but through me  (John 14:6). Paul tells us that Jesus Christ is our strength (Phil 4:13). Verse 39 almost belonged in the New Testament. David was seeing into the future when salvation would come.

All we have to do is trust in Him and He will Deliver us and help us in the day of trouble.  He’s never too far away to hear your cry.

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