TLIC Psalms. March 15. Righteous or Wicked?

Read Psalm 37:12-20. 12The wicked plots against the righteous and gnashes his teeth at him, 13but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming. 14The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose way is upright; 15their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken. 16Better is the little that the righteous has than the abundance of many wicked. 17For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous. 18The Lord knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will remain forever; 19they are not put to shame in evil times; in the days of famine they have abundance. 20But the wicked will perish; the enemies of the Lord are like the glory of the pastures; they vanish—like smoke they vanish away.

Just as the Psalms began, here again we have two classifications of person: righteous and wicked. Almost every verse names one of the other. Make no mistake there are only two kinds of people on earth. Only two paths. Only two futures. Only two responses from God: perish or remain forever.

Here’s where if our hope was in anything other than Christ we might implore you to strive to make sure you are on team righteousness and not team wicked. Which path are you on? Are you living that blameless life? You better make sure (or else).

But it is Christ alone that assures our blameless state. And when we consider that Jesus alone is our only way from wicked to righteous, from enemy to friend, it is then that we can embrace verse 16. It is a far better thing to have Christ and nothing else, than to have everything this world offers but miss out on Jesus. Do you believe this? Do you live as though this is actually true?

To live is Christ is to live from spiritual abundance. There is no limit to his love and grace. All is ours in him.

Prayer. Jesus, I’d rather have you than anything or everything else. Help me to live as though this is true in my heart. Amen.


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