Psalm 37:35-36 “I have seen a wicked and ruthless man flourishing like a green tree in its native soil, but he soon passed away and was no more; though I looked for him, he could not be found.”
[Think of Stalin, of Hitler, of Genghis Khan, and Napoleon. They all died and are no more. Their evil was dealt with, their powerful condemnation is now implemented, taken down like the huge tree in the picture below. You, Lord God, are just, working out proper punishment while using the evil of men to bring about your purposes in the lives of many.
As it says in Psalm 33:10 “the Lord foils the plans of the nations and thwarts the purposes of the people. but the plans of the Lord stand firm forever and the purposes of His heart through all generations.” Continue to do so in these days, Lord, to work against the designs of the devil, to destroy the plans of death and darkness. ]
Psalm 37:37 “Consider the blameless, observe the upright; there is a future for the man of peace.”
[Think of Abraham, Joseph, David, Elijah and Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Paul, Luther and Billy Graham–these all have an ongoing positive influence on the world. In spite of dying physically, they live on, having an endless existence and unlimited joy with you. So do we now, being safe in the arms of Jesus.
I praise you, Lord, for the certainty of our future with you, filled with life, light, love and lavish goodness. I praise you for your unending, undeserved, unreserved, unrestrained grace, flowing from your heart of holiness into our lives with light.
We stand in your presence, chosen, cherished, cleansed, dearly loved, deeply cared for, doted on and delighted in. You, Lord God are a wonder–no, you are THE Wonder of all existence, the God who lives in multi-dimensions, full of multi-goodness, operating out of multi-wisdom.
In the light of these great Truths, help us to consistently listen to your Word and respond to your Spirit, to grow in humility, brokenness, obedience and praise.
May we daily take up your grace, receive your wisdom, add endurance to our obedience, and grow in godliness, extending brotherly kindness and love to all those around us. May you be honored, glorified and pleased with our walk today.