1 Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation.
2 Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.
3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
4 For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.
5 The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
6 Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the Lord will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.
7 But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.
8 Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.
9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.
10 Destroy thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee.
11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
12 For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.
Let’s focus in on verses 4-6 which extol the righteousness of God. He is holy and righteous and those in sin can not be in His presence. Nothing we can do, can ever overcome that. Think of a brand new car getting a dent. We can fix it up, but it is never brand new anymore no matter what we do to try and make it look like it. That’s what happens with us if we depend on ourselves to fix us up. That’s what’s wrong with religions that promote “works” based salvation like the Catholics, Jehovah’s Witness, Mormons, Islam, etc. In fact, true grace can only be found in a true walk with Christ. That’s why salvation is enough. It’s just…enough. We don’t need or deserve anything else because God showed His mercy and grace by giving a way to Him when we would never have been able to make it on our own merit. If He does nothing else, if we are down trodden the rest of our lives, the fact that He laid down Himself for us to be reconciled is forever enough.
But some might ask why so much happens to us if God is a shield to us and loves us as the rest of the Psalm points out. Well, if we could see a pile of the things that happen to us, sitting beside a pile of things that He has prevented from happening to us, we would be awestruck and never think that we are over-burdened again. But let’s say very little ever happens to us when we become Christians. How much faith would it take to believe? Not very much. In fact, people would come for that reason alone instead of what the saving grace of Jesus is really about, and people like Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, Joyce Meyer, etc would have an even bigger following being mislead.
So why does good happen to unbelievers and they seem so prosperous. It’s because some would remain rebellious for life if every day was awful. Look at this scripture:
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
Notice in verse 45 that God provides for the just and the unjust. But look at the whole theme in this passage, loving your enemies. God would never tell us to do something He would not do. Part of that love is reducing the roughness of life that happens to them, but rest assured that our pile of “stuff” that does not harm us is larger than theirs. We can’t measure the love of God as well as our self worth with material things and how well we think things are going. If He took away what’s bothering us right now, we’d only find something else to complain about and want taken away. The only place we should look to measure His love for us is at the Cross. Understand, the reason that Satan is able to do the things he does now is because of sin, plain and simple. It started in Eden, and it’s a long journey getting to the part where Jesus comes and all that is gone. As anxious as we are for Him to come, be thankful He didn’t return before you got saved, and remember, there are many unsaved still out there.
Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
2nd Corinthians 4:8-10
8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
2nd Corinthians 4:17-18
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
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