9 For those who are evil will be destroyed,
but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.
10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
though you look for them, they will not be found.
11 But the meek will inherit the land
and enjoy peace and prosperity. Psalm 37:9-11
If you’ve ever been in Chicago O’Hare Airport, you are treated with interesting talking moving walkways. Even though I haven’t been there in at least seven years, I can still hear the semi-robotic female voice say, “Keep Walking”. With each phrase there’s a slight echo of the same words. Over and over again along the 200 yard walkway, “she” repeats the obvious action: keep walking. It’s clear what the airport designers wanted people to do on the moving walkway: keep walking!
As David writes what appears to be so obvious to us, there’s an underlying subtheme to these and many of his psalms: keep walking. Here’s what I mean.
The Christian life is often a lonely one. Sure, there are a ton of Believers all around us but we still have to make difficult choices about how we are to live the life. We have to be willing to be outcast and rejected by our friends and co-workers. The list of battles we face is endless.
Throughout the Psalms, though, David encourages us to look beyond the temporal. He knows that life is fleeting and the road is long. He knows that evil and wicked men are glamorized and sought after. But it’s all temporal. We have yet to see the end result of our sacrifices. We have yet to enter the Promised Land. So he encourages us to “keep walking” despite the hardships and unfairness. In the end it will be worth it all.