Psalm 37:27 “Turn from evil and do good;”
[Clear and simple command. This is part of fearing God, walking in His way, and part of bringing blessing to our children. Our primary motive should be our love for you, Heavenly Father, and our desire to give you glory. Then our secondary motive is to bring what is good to our children: “their [the righteous’] children will be blessed” 37:26.]
“then you will dwell in the land forever.”
[Such obedience places us squarely in the center of your will, meaning we will dwell with you, live with you, in whatever good place you have chosen for us here, and will end up in the everlasting New Heaven and New Earth.
We can praise and glorify you at each juncture, knowing that you are in control, guiding, directing, protecting each moment. To live in such certainty is a wonder, Lord. We praise you for your faithful, powerful goodness–especially in the midst of difficulties, like the one I’m in now with my wife again fallen into the deep hole of despair, depression and darkness, an attack of the enemy after recent advances. But, knowing that you are good, powerful and with us, I choose to offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving. (This was written more than a year ago.) ]
Psalm 37:28 “For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones.”
[You, the Holy and Perfect One, love those whom you have justified—Ah, if only all people would come to you and have that forgiveness, cleansing, transformation and joy!
In you, Lord, there is no end to our joy, to our getting to know you, to our growth and the revelation of your glory. Praise you, Lord, for what you are doing, for how you are working, for what you will do.
Your commitment to your children is iron clad, rock solid and mountain strong, something we can rest in more and more as we get to know you. Praise be to you, Lord, for your strength of character, your utter dependability, your never changing, perfect and powerful love.]
“They will be protected forever,”
[You, Lord Jesus, live forever to intercede for those you have purchased with your blood. You live forever, so our protection will go on forever]
“but the offspring of the wicked will be cut off;”
[Sadly, those who refuse to submit to your Kingship, your Word, your Truth, your provided salvation and love, will be cut off forever–they and their children who follow them. How sad this makes your heart, yet you rejoice for each one who believes and follows you.
Psalm 37:29 “the righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it forever.”
[A repetition from verse 27, a bookend to this thought of your great and gracious giving of what is good to your children. Yes, we will inherit your land and we will live in it with you forever: no death, no depression, no end, no evil, no loss, no sadness, sickness or sin.
You, Lord God, are the only One to be followed, obeyed, worshiped and exalted. You are worthy, you are wonderful, you are the Only True God. I bow before you this morning, I give you glory, exaltation and praise. May you be honored in my life today as I praise you in and for all. Amen.]