A Good Night’s Rest

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. Psalm 1:6

So ends our jaunt into Psalm 1. It was a “study” of right and wrong, good and evil, wicked and righteous. To be certain, there is good and there is evil. Very few honest people question that. The “post-modernists” might say that truth is relative and that there is no right and wrong. I don’t know that they are living in reality.

There will always be a struggle between the righteous and the wicked as long as man is alive. There is even a constant battle within man regarding good and evil (Romans 7 clearly lays out this struggle). Those who deny that battle are probably giving in too easily. Those who claim they have reached “sinless perfection” every day just might be pulling your leg. The Book of Romans seems to indicate a different struggle (Romans 6-8).

One day, however, there will be an end to the strife, an end to the evil, and an end to the wicked. Until then we can rest in His peace. We can sleep with a clear conscience at night. The wicked probably don’t have such a pleasant night of rest.

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A Solution

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. Psalm 1:5

This is a merely a continuation of the previous verse. There will come a day, and quite possibly in the not-too-distant future, that the wicked will be judged. We don’t look forward to that day necessarily but we shouldn’t shy away from it either.

In Genesis, the Bible states that “the Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become.” When we see the word “wicked,” we don’t always equate it with us! But it’s true. Romans 3:23 teaches us that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” We’re wicked; we’re sinners; we’ve fallen short of the glory of God. And what do we get for this being all of this? “For the wages of sin is death.”

Ouch. Seems harsh, doesn’t it?

But wait!

“What a wretched man I am. Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God–through Jesus Christ our Lord!” Romans 7:24

The sin, the sinner, the solution, and the Savior.

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Stand Firm

Whatever he does prospers. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Psalm 1:4

Throughout Scripture and throughout history there has always a contrast between good and evil. Entire libraries are filled with books and philosophies trying to solve the problem of evil (mainly “how could a good God permit evil?”). Likewise, there are good and evil people. Other Scriptures warn us not to be seduced by evil people who enjoy the good life. They seem to get away with everything! It’s not fair. It really isn’t.

Doing the right thing day after day, month after month and year after year seems like it’s getting you nowhere. You don’t cheat. You don’t cook the books. You keep your thoughts pure. You hold your tongue. You’ve become accustomed to it and you’ll always do it that way. It’s probably even a boring routine. Don’t fall for the lie. Don’t be seduced by those who “get ahead” in shady and deceitful ways.

Stand firm in what you know to be true. It is not in vain.

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What Did You Eat a Month Ago from Today?

He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaves do not wither. Psalm 1:3

Have you ever had the feeling that sometimes the sermons you hear and what you read goes in one ear and out the other? And those of us who are growing older each minute (all of us!) have that feeling even more so. Some
times you can’t even remember the sermon from that same morning!

I have one question to ask: can you tell me what you had to eat on the second Thursday of last month? Odd question, you say, but bear with me. Why can’t you remember what you had to eat? Does it matter why you can’t remember? If you’re still here today, you probably had something nourishing to eat. The important thing is, you ate and were filled and nourished. You get through another week or two.

Scripture is like that. I don’t remember what I had to eat a month ago but I did get nourishment from it and moved on. So, go easy on yourself when you can’t remember the finer points of a sermon or a teaching. Take it in and let God help you nourish it.

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Over and Over Again

But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:2

There is a great wisdom in the adage inscribed in many Bibles: This Book will keep you from the Devil or the Devil will keep you away from this book. Someone showed me that in his Bible even before I became a Christian. At the time, I thought it curious at best. I really didn’t know what it meant.

Now, twenty five years removed from that situation, I can say the adage is as fresh now as it was then. The main idea behind it and the idea of today’s verse is to saturate yourself with the Word of God.

Know it.

Memorize it.

Feed on it.

Snack on it.

Read it right before you rest your eyes at night.

Read it at the height of your day.

Get it into your system.

Meditate on it.

Quote it out loud.

Pray it.

Write it in letters.

Memorize entire chapters.

Repeat it over and over again.

Then, in heavy and burdensome times, God will bring those verses to the forefront of your mind. For your benefit so that He gets the Glory!

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