June 30, 2020
THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 30 June 2020
Psalm 37 addresses the notion that the ungodly appear to prosper to the detriment of the godly. God’s people must remember that appearances are deceiving because those who trust in the Lord are secure. Psalm 37 contrasts two ways of life – the way of the godly and the ungodly – and demonstrates the vast difference between the two.
If one’s focus is only upon this world, the darkness of it will compel a person to be despairing and fearful. However, when the believer considers God’s Word, he or she is reminded that Christ is the Light who has overcome the world (John 8:12; 16:33). Do not be discouraged because of godlessness; rather, trust in the Lord for his deliverance because God has reserved a day of judgment for the ungodly, who will ultimately be destroyed, though for the present time they appear to prosper.
Psalm 37 is not addressed to God (as the majority of psalms are) but is spoken directly to the reader, inviting trust in the Lord (v. 5). Depending exclusively on God means delighting in Him (v. 4), which is to find satisfaction in the Lord as opposed to the activity of the ungodly (cf. 1:1). To find delight in the Lord is to have godly desires and thus God “will give you the desires of your heart” (37:4).
Psalm 37 advises the godly to “commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it” (v. 5). The believer is to relinquish his/her burdens to the Lord, casting all anxiety on Him, because He cares for his people (1 Pet 5:7). The godly should “rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him” (Ps 37:7a), which is not taking matters into one’s own hands; it is being patient for God to act, being assured that He will. Those who hope in the Lord “will inherit the land” (v. 11a; cf. Matt 5:5).
The godly are truly blessed (Ps 37:23-26)! “The steps of a man are established by the Lord,” thus God delights in the way of those trusting in Him. Even if the godly should stumble in the midst of difficult adversity, he/she “will not be hurled headlong, because the Lord is the One who holds his hand.” Therefore, the godly are admonished to “depart from evil and do good, so you will abide forever” (v. 27). The exhortation involves a consecrated and contrite lifestyle. The person who lives in this manner will always live securely, knowing God’s protection and provision. “For the Lord loves justice and does not forsake His godly ones.” The “wicked will be cut off” yet the righteous “are persevered forever” (v. 28).
Would it not be better to fail temporary in a cause that will ultimately succeed or to accomplish something in a venture that will ultimately fail? What is most important is not that a cause begins well but that it is accomplished effectively. Do not allow the initial success of the ungodly to lead you astray. Trust in the Lord, knowing that his people will ultimately triumph.
Ron J. Bigalke, Ph.D.
Capitol Commission Georgia
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