Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Do not be Afraid

Psalm 37:1-15 Of David.
1 Do not fret because of evil men
or be envious of those who do wrong;
2 for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.

3 Trust in the LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

4 Delight yourself in the LORD
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

5 Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him and he will do this:

6 He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.

7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when men succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.

8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.

9 For evil men will be cut off,
but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.

10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
though you look for them, they will not be found.

11 But the meek will inherit the land
and enjoy great peace.

12 The wicked plot against the righteous
and gnash their teeth at them;

13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
for he knows their day is coming.

14 The wicked draw the sword
and bend the bow
to bring down the poor and needy,
to slay those whose ways are upright.

15 But their swords will pierce their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken.

Needless to say, David had a great deal of confidence in God to protect and care for his people. He knew that there would be no future without God. He knew that even though it looks like evil may win the battle, they lose the war because of the strength of God. All evil would eventually perish, but those who stay faithful to God will live.

It is no different for us today. We see many tragic things happen in our world. We see war and death. We see famine and poverty. We see our fellow humans living under the peril of a government who does not believe in the sanctity of all human life. We see troubling times. We also think that this trouble is only happening to our current civilization. However, if you read Psalm 37, you see that God's people were experiencing similiar situations in David's time.
Evil, pain, and suffering will always be with us. But, if we stay faithful to God, we will prevail over any tragedy that we experience. God is there with us and God is stronger than anything that is evil.
Trust in God, just as David did, and you will not be disappointed.

Peace and love,


"Be still and know that I am God"(Psalm 46:10)

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