March 18. In Him.
Read Psalm 37:35-40. 35I have seen a wicked, ruthless man, spreading himself like a green laurel tree. 36But he passed away, and behold, he was no more; though I sought him, he could not be found. 37Mark the blameless and behold the upright, for there is a future for the man of peace. 38But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed; the future of the wicked shall be cut off. 39The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; he is their stronghold in the time of trouble. 40The Lord helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.
The last two words of the psalm sum up the psalmist’s hope as well as ours. In him. The psalm that began with fret not, ends with calm assurance, peaceful resolve. Why? Because salvation is from the Lord. Refuge is found in him.
This has allowed a letting go to occur. His former obsession over the wicked man spreading himself like a tree is no more. He has been dealt with by God.
What about you? How obsessed are you with the wicked’s seeming prosperity? Why do you keep your eyes glued to the one who will one day be no more? Why are you taking matters into your own hands, seeking vengeance, losing your cool, posting your latest arguments, or seething in silence?
Instead let’s mark the blameless and behold the upright, the man of peace. Or as the author of Hebrews puts it, “Fix your eyes on Jesus.” Christ is our blameless, upright, man of peace. He is our stronghold, our refuge, our deliverer. Behold him! Look at him. Become obsessed with him. And watch your heart grow free.
To live is Christ is to stop worrying about the wicked, and start meditating on the wonders of the cross.
Prayer. Jesus, one day the wicked will be no more, and that would be true of me without your salvation. Humble me as I fix my eyes on you today. Amen.
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