Sunday, April 5, 2020

April 5 - Psalm 37

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalm 37. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • The writer starts by telling us not to worry about what evil people are doing, instead focus on doing good and trusting in God.
  • He tells us to wait patiently on the Lord and not worry about the success people who do not follow God have. 
  • At the end, the psalmist writes about how God is our refuge. This is a theme that is frequently used in the Psalms. When you’re in need of a safe place, it’s refreshing to know God wants to be that place for you.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • The psalmist paints a picture of waiting patiently on the Lord. This is difficult when we see people who are blatantly rebelling against God flourish while we struggle.
  • In verse 16 the writer says; “Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked.” He is showing us it’s better to live pure lives (and go without some of the world's luxuries) than to sacrifice our integrity to gain some money.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Have you ever sacrificed your integrity to gain something? Was it worth it? It’s never worth what it eats away from you on the inside.
  • Or: have you ever held on to your integrity even though it cost you some form of success? Was that worth it?
  • Are you facing a situation right now where you are battling this issue? Remember: a person is not given integrity. It is gained by the relentless pursuit of honesty at all times. Choose today to pursue God and his honest ways.