The Righteous Upheld (Part 2)
1I hope you have continued to use the positive-focus exercise outlined on Day Ten: 1) READ the text ignoring everything about evildoers. 2) REWRITE the text capturing God’s words and promises toward the committed, the faithful. 3) READ your rewrite, excerpts from the text. 4) Continue READING, RECITING, and MEDITATING on God’s promises held in-store for you, God’s own. I highlight this practice because of the wealth of encouragement I pray you will glean from today’s text, Psalm 37:18-24; but still more, I believe you will find it to be a powerful tool and approach for helping you discover God’s complete inheritance hidden in the word.
Here is what being in the Lord, being known of the Lord means for us:
18 The Lord knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will remain forever;
19 they are not put to shame in evil times; in the days of famine they have abundance.
21b … the righteous is generous and gives; 22a for those blessed by the Lord shall inherit the land,
23 The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way;
24 though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand.
The blameless, (‘aka’ the righteous) are not only known by God, but they will know an everlasting heritage. In tough times, such as famine and seasons of lack, they will not merely have, but gladly share what they have. Their way is established… is made sure by God. And, when they stumble, they will not fall in utter devastation, for their faithful, watchful PARENT, is supporting them… holding up their hand.
Let Us Pray
Lord God, we are grateful for your faithfulness… your unfailing love toward your children. We thank you LORD GOD for our heritage established in you. We thank you for your word… this treasure that reminds us of our inheritance of eternal life, endless love, and abundant blessings. May we continually study your word, embrace it, and hide it in our hearts, that we would bring glory and honor to your name.