Miserable

Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger
    or discipline me in your wrath.
2 Your arrows have pierced me,
    and your hand has come down on me.
3 Because of your wrath there is no health in my body;
    there is no soundness in my bones because of my sin.
4 My guilt has overwhelmed me
    like a burden too heavy to bear. Psalm 38:1-4

King David knows what’s it’s like to live under the blessing of God. He also knows what it’s like to live with that blessing removed. He speaks for all of us because we know the joys and pains of both.

Perhaps you or someone you know is experiencing that pain. You don’t know their situation, but you can see the pain in their eyes and by what they say.

The Lord is probably dealing with them on something. Pray that they will obey His leading. Don’t let up until that joy is back in their eyes.

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Beyond the Tears

39 The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord;
    he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them and delivers them;
    he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
    because they take refuge in him. Psalm 37:39-40

Think of those in prison for Christ.
Think of those Believers whose child has gone astray.
Think of those Believers whose marriage is on the rocks.
Think of those who have been kidnapped by militant Islamists.
Think of those Believers whose spouse was suddenly snatched from them.

They may question their circumstances and cry for relief.
They may shake their fist at God to plead with Him to take away their misery.

But beyond the tears, beyond the anger and frustration, and certainly beyond their dreams of a normal life, they cling to the Rock of Their Salvation. They know what has gotten them this far, and they know who will see them through.

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Double Period

39 The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; Psalm 37:39a

Period.

  • Not by works. Ephesians 2:8-9
  • Only through Christ. John 14:6
  • Those who believe have eternal life. John 3:16

Period.

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My Way

38 But all sinners will be destroyed;
    there will be no future for the wicked. Psalm 37:38

If you’ve ever met someone who jokes about going to Hell, you’ve met someone who does not understand Hell even a little. There is nothing remotely funny about an eternal Hell, and those who say they’ll be partying hard there are in for a very big surprise. Forget the flames and sulfur for a moment. There will be chaos and tumult and gnashing and envy and strife like nothing you’ve ever seen here on earth. Most importantly, though, the presence of God will NOT be there as a means of intervention. (Psalm 139:8 suggests He might be there in some form).

People will cry out but will not be heard by God. Instead there will be constant derision and mocking. After all, those who are there made a choice not to accept Christ’s salvation. The pride of those who thumbed their noses at God will be on full display. It will not be pretty.

So, what’s the takeaway today? We need to be very careful not to jest about an eternal Hell, even among ourselves.  It’s not a funny place.

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Watch Closely

37 Consider the blameless, observe the upright;
    a future awaits those who seek peace. Psalm 37:37

King David recognizes that there are men and women in the world who are worth observing and emulating. They have special gifts to offer us just by their actions.

Similarly, we can certainly be those people that others observe and emulate.

Is there anything preventing us from becoming these people? We have the same Holy Spirit to help us and the same Bible to guide us, so where’s the bottleneck?

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