Sunday, August 24, 2014

Psalms 37 Part Two

Study of Psalms 37 continued...


Welcome back. Last time we started an in-depth Study into this amazing Psalm.We ended last time on Verse 20. In just those 20 Verses, we learned about being a Child of God, means fearing no man. We learned about Gods desire that we should not Covet. That we need not worry about evil people, and what the end result of the pursuit of Riches is. We learned that we need to trust in the Lord, His Word, and His Way.

So let's pick up where we left off....

Psalms 37
21 The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.
What does this have to do with me? You may be asking this. Well, Jesus told us this..
"But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil."{Luke 6:35}
Why? Because you are a Child of God. He said so. Just like when our Parents tell us something we may not understand at the time, God says to us, "Because I said so." Jesus was talking about how we should be as Children of God. Turning the Other Cheek, Loving our Enemies. Showing Mercy to them. Forgiveness. Judge not. Then He told us this...
"Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again."{Luke 6:38}
Jesus is telling us that we need to be different than those that are not Children of God. We ARE different. Jesus tells us we need to BE different. Continuing in Psalms
22 For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.
Pretty simple to understand. Is it not. You accept His Gift of Adoption and live. Do not, and, well, do not. It really is not a complicated concept. Be Blessed of God, or be cut off. Without the Key, you can in no way enter into Heaven. Without following God's plan you can not receive God's Reward.

Let's continue to the end of Psalms 37, because there is one overriding theme here.
23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.

24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.

25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

26 He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.

27 Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.

28 For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.

29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.

30 The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.

31 The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.

32 The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.

33 The Lord will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.

34 Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.

35 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.

36 Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.

37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.

38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.

39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble.

40 And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.
So what is David telling us? He is telling us that as long as we are under the auspices of God, we are Blessed, Protected, Loved, and we will receive the ultimate reward. We will be Blessed if we are a Blessing. We will receive, if we give. We will live forever with God, while those that do evil, will be cut off.

He is telling us that we need not to Envy or Covet what they are, and what they have. As Jesus told us of the Rich Man in Hell {Luke 16:19-31} the Rich man who built bigger Barns {Luke 12:16-21}. David also told us this in Psalm 39.
"Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them."{Psalm 39:6}
We also need not fear the evil ones. Why? Because that worst that they could possibly do to you, is end your time here on Earth. I know, that sounds pretty bad. But really think about it. That's all they can do. Once they do that, you will stand before God and He will say to you,,,
"Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master."{Matthew 25:23}
Jesus told the Thief that was Crucified with Him,,
"To day shalt thou be with me in paradise."{Luke 23:43}
Wait, what? This guy is a Thief. A Bad Guy. One who was found guilty and was being put to death. Why would Jesus say that to him? Because he recognized who Jesus was, and repented his Sins to Him, Perhaps the very first person saved through the Sacrifice of Jesus's Blood. Think about that. The first one Saved through the Death of Jesus, was a Sinner worthy of death.

When your Life is ended on this Earth, YOU will stand before God. But so will they. Only they will hear a totally different statement. They will be cast out. It will not be a good day. Oh they may have a big house. They may have many cars. They may have a pocket full of money. But YOU are a Prince or Princess of Heaven. You are a Child of God. An Heir according to the Promise. What do they have that is even worthy to be compared. Our life here is but a Vapor. Here today, gone tomorrow. But you will live on forevermore.

We must seek God's Wisdom. Not the Wisdom of the World. For..
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever." {Psalm 111:10}
For the Wisdom of this World?
"For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness."{1 Corinthians 3:19}
Jesus warns us that once you come out from them, you must be careful. You are not immune to falling away. Jesus said this..
"When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.

Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation."
{Matthew 12}
You become the company you keep. If they Drink and Party, chances are, so will you. If they Lie, Cheat, and Steal, chances are, so will you. If they Pray, Praise God, and do His Will, chances are, so will you. Who do you want to hang out with? Those that can take you down a path of Destruction? Or those that can help you, build you up, and love you for being you. Do you want to be with those that will use you and abuse you? Or do you wish to be with FAMILY. Family of God.

When you read Psalms 37, or any of God's Word, do not just scan over it. Eat it. Digest it. Fully understand what it is you are reading. Pray about it. Learn it. Love it. It IS the Wisdom of God. It IS the Word of God. It IS absolute. It WILL change your life.
"And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD is his treasure."{Isaiah 33:6}
Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Have you been adopted into the Family of God? If not, say this Prayer. Right now. Wherever you may be. Say it in your own words, and do not doubt in your heart. God will hear you. He will send the Spirit of Life to you. Let us Pray..

"Oh heavenly Father, Lord God. I am a sinner. I know this. I know there is nothing I can do to change that. But I know you can. I accept Jesus's sacrifice for me. I repent my sins. Please send the Spirit of Adoption into my life. Help me to get to know the real you. Save me. Please. In the name of Jesus, Amen!"

That's it. It really is that simple. Now go tell someone what you have just done. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." {Romans 10:9} You need to find a Church that God leads you to, and be Baptized the way Jesus said to be. You are now a Child of God. A new Creature. You "have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." {Colossians 3:10}

If you want to tell me, or comment, question, give testimonials, or just say "Hi," the Email is opntalk@gmail.com

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. {2 Corinthians 13}

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