THE STORY OF JESUS: Psalm 37
“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.” (Psalm 37:3)
This Psalm lays out the contrast between a God-like person, and a God-less person.
Even though for a time selfish, greedy or cruel people may succeed, their doom is certain.
Don’t envy them, hang on to God, make it your priority to do what is right.
Trust that the God-life is the good-life, the only life worth living, the only life that will last.
The thing is, I am not sure I recognize myself in either extreme.
I’m neither devoted to selfish, greedy living nor to selfless, generous living.
I find myself in the middle, generally moving in the right direction but not always.
The Lord is not condemning me nor commending me… He is gently compelling to aim for better.
The goal of this Psalm is to remind us of the true ‘good life’ and to compel us to seek it.
“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4)
This is not a way to get your selfish desires fulfilled; such a person is not delighting in the Lord.
Rather, if I want (delight in) the God-life, He will give me the God-life (what I desire).
So many people pursue the good life but never seem to find it.
That’s because only the God-life can give us the good life — life to the full that will never end!
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, thank You for restoring me to the God-life, it really is the good life!