Monday, March 27, 2017

A Study of Psalm 37 - Part Four (vs. 35-40)

This is the final part of our series in Psalm 37. I have enjoyed this study very much and hope that you have found it to be a blessing and encouragement as well!

How often do we see the wicked prosper in his way? We see evil people with loads of money, successful jobs, and powerful influence over so many people. We all have seen someone like this whether we know them personally or not. This kind of person is described in verse 35.

"I have seen a wick, violent man spreading himself like a luxuriant tree in its native soil."
Trees thrive in their native environments and can grow to be very large and strong. Yet, it can be cut down or rot away, or something can cause it to pass away. The wicked will experience the same, even though at a time he may be strong and powerful and thriving in his ways.

"Then he passed away, and lo, he was no more; I sought him and he could not be found." The wicked will pass away, and even though he will be searched out he will not be found.

God's dealings with the righteous is quite different. Verses 37 and 38 contrast the righteous and the wicked man. "Make the blameless man, and behold the upright; for the man of peace will have posterity. But transgressors will be altogether destroyed; the posterity of the wicked will be cut off." God will establish the righteous but the wicked will be cut off.

Over and over again we have seen the fate of the wicked in contrast to the righteous. Everyone is wicked from the day that they are conceived, so how do we become righteous rather than wicked? Verse 39 shows us the answer. "But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord." The Lord is the One who gives salvation, and there is nothing that we can do to deserve or earn it. Call upon the name of the Lord and you will be saved. 

The righteous find hope and rest in the Lord. "He is their strength in time of trouble. The Lord helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in Him." God is our strength, He will deliver us and save us. We can take refuge in Him, for He is faithful and worthy of our trust.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Quick Update

I have a pretty fun video in the making, hopefully you will see it very soon!

Thank you for your patience and prayers!

In Christ,

Monday, March 20, 2017

A Study of Psalm 37 - Part Three (vs. 23-34)

Verses 23 and 24 in this Psalm are some of my favorite verses in the Bible and actually are the reason that I chose to do a study on Psalm 37.

The Lord establishes the steps of a man and He delights in his way. This shows a little glimpse of God's sovereignty - God is in control of the future. He divinely orders all events according to His plan, even including the steps of a man.

When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, because the Lord is the One who holds his hand. I love the picture that this paints in my mind! When we fall, how comforting is it to know that God is holding our hand! He may allow us to fall, but He loves us so much and just won't let go. What a loving Father we have!

Even according to verse 25 the righteous will never be forsaken. We can surely place our trust in God and be completely assured that He will never forsake us!

Verses 27-33 show us in so many ways that God does not forsake the righteous. Even though the wicked may plot against us and seek to destroy us, God is on our side. He is much more powerful than the wicked and will not let the righteous fall.

Verse 34  gives the exhortation to wait for the Lord and keep His way. Don't be afraid of the future or when you fall, trust in the Lord because He establishes your steps and holds your hand.

In Christ,

Previous studies:
Part one (vs. 1-11)
Part two (vs. 12-22)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

It is all over now!

Ah, back to school.

That time has come again, and it has certainly come too soon. We just came home for Spring Break, and now we are leaving again.

Time, where did you go?


I wish that I could just stay home and continue to enjoy fellowship with family and friends, minister in the church, relax from projects and papers and tests....

But life goes on.

It never really slows down, does it?

I do wish that I could stay, but that would not accomplish much. Unfortunately I did not get to blog like I had planned because of all that happened over this break, so we will see how this month wraps up in regards to blog posts.

I do have a few prayer requests. If you think about it at all this Monday (the 20th), we will be making the thirteen hour drive back up to school. Please pray that we will drive safely and readjust back to college life quickly.

Until I talk to you again, farewell!

In Christ,