Psalm 37:16 “Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked;”
[Better $15,000 a year than $200 million–if the difference is choosing between righteousness and wickedness. This is thinking from an eternal viewpoint–a judgment based on the unseen reality. To decide for this truth requires faith: rejecting what we can touch to receive what we know, resting on the Word of God. Praise you, Lord, that you have revealed this perspective in your Word. Help us to always decide for it.]
Psalm 37:17 “for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.”
[The power of the wicked was broken at the Cross, and you continue to break it every day. You, Lord Jesus, won in the midst of what seemed certain loss. You defeated sin and Satan, death and despair. You upheld righteousness, and made it available to all those received your by faith.
And now you give us the privilege of living out, every day, the reality of your upholding the righteous. This involves walking in your Spirit, drinking in of your Word, and deciding consistently to follow you rather than the world, the flesh or the devil. Praise be to you for the Light, the Freedom, the Love, the Hope, the Power, the Future you have given us from your gracious heart.
It is wonderful that we can praise you now for whatever you will bring into our lives–for what you give is always good, no matter how painful and difficult it may be.
Here at the beginning of a new day, I ask that you guide us, Lord, that we may accomplish all that you desire. Help us to keep our eyes on you, to rest in your greatness, to trust in your wisdom, to rely on your power. I praise you now for the answers you will give, for the protection you will offer, for the progress you will grant us.
We can trust you, because we know that you are good, always; that you are wise, always; that you are holy, always; that you are infinitely powerful, always; and that you always win in the end.
I praise you for how you will demonstrate your grace in all today. Help me to live in faith, offering the sacrifice of thanksgiving in all, so that I may continually bring honor to you.]