Friday, July 19, 2013

Encouragement In Times Of Trouble - Psalm 37

Good Morning, Dear Ladies!

It's not even noon and the temperatures, here on the tall-grass prairie of southwest Missouri, are already registering in the low-90's. The humidity is out of this world and today promises to be another scorcher. 

You know, there are so many things going on out there...so many of us are under attack of various kinds...there are so many hurting people. This morning as I was praying and seeking the LORD, Psalm 37 was brought to my attention, as it has been so many times in the past, but this morning I wanted to share.
 
This Psalm is not a prayer. It's more of set of instructions on godly wisdom. Its theme concerns the believer's attitude toward the apparent success of the wicked and the hardships of the righteous. It teaches that the ungodly will eventually be cast down and lose all they acquired on earth, whereas the righteous who remain loyal to God will have His presence, help, and guidance on earth, as well as an eternal inheritance...salvation and eternal life in the new heaven and the new earth.
 
Some of the instructions found in Psalm 37 include "Fret not thyself because of evildoers..." (v. 1), "Trust in the Lord, and do good..." (v. 3), "Delight thyself also in the Lord..." (v. 4), "Commit thy way unto the Lord..." (v. 5), "Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him..." (v. 7), "Cease from anger, and forsake wrath..." (v. 8). The Word promises that "...evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth" (v. 9), that, even though " The wicked plotteth against the just..." (v. 12), that "The Lord shall laugh at him...(v. 13) and cause the sword that they have drawn (v. 14) to "enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken" (v. 15). Verses 16 and 17 tells us that, "A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked. For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the Lord upholdeth the rightous." Furthermore, verses 23 and 24 assure us that, "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand." The Psalm ends with, "But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble. And the Lord shall help them and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him" (v. 39 and 40).

Are you going through trial and tribulation today? If so, stand firm, dear child of God! He is there with you...right now. Nothing is happening to you that He doesn't already know about, and that isn't being filtered through His loving fingers. I'd like to challenge you to pick up your Bible right now and study Psalm 37 for yourself. What instructions are waiting there for you at this very moment? What promises belong to you? Take the time to find out, then stand on that Word!

God's blessings be upon you! My thoughts and prayers are with you!

All My Love,
~Rebecca

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