July 19, 2016

Today you should read: Psalm 37

Have you experienced envy in your life? This begins at such an early age for us. As young children we are envious of the other kid’s toys. As teens we wish we had the nice clothes or nice cars that our friends have. As we progress into adulthood the envy is of the lifestyles, comforts, and advantages the “haves” seemingly possess over the “have nots.” No matter what stage we’re in it seems that envy is present. But, it isn’t just with material things. Many times it seems as if those who blatantly oppose God, or are just spiritually apathetic, experience all the blessings while true believers and followers of Jesus suffer.

Today’s Psalm provides great encouragement and assurance for the believer. The seemingly prosperous lives of the godless are just a façade; a temporary high that will ultimately lead to destruction and separation from God. We see here that worrying about evil doers getting away with their sin is a waste of time. God is just and will certainly judge every person according to His perfect precepts. This truth should lead believers to praise God for His amazing grace we receive through salvation, as well as motivate us to evangelize those in our worlds who are still under the wrath of God.

There are so many amazing truths in this Psalm today! Just take time to allow them to wash over you. Verse 4 really stuck out to me:

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

We hear this one quoted a lot. I’ve even heard it quoted out of the context of its proper meaning by affirming and encouraging selfish living. This certainly is not what the Psalmist intended. The emphasis is not me and my desires; the emphasis is on the Lord and delighting in Him. It is only when we delight ourselves in the Lord that our desires become Godly desires, aligned with His will and purpose. This verse really helps me to specify and simplify my life’s mission and goals. My life isn’t about accomplishing many “great” things for God. My life is about making Jesus my delight, my treasure, my passion, my refuge, my rock, my all and all…you get the point. By delighting ourselves in Jesus alone, the desires of our hearts become His desires and thus our lives are filled with days of serving the Lord; not out of obligation, but with the greatest joy! Not only that, it leads to a life that does accomplish many great things for the kingdom, giving God the utmost glory. Pastor John Piper says it like this: “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”

Take time to delight yourself in the Lord today. Ponder and praise Him for who He is and the grace you experience on a daily basis.

What verse or verses stood out to you today? Please share in the comment section!

By: Matt Mofield

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

5 thoughts on “July 19, 2016”

  1. Good word today, Matt! Verse 7 really spoke to my heart this morning.

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

    We live in a time when evil appears to be flourishing all around us. (Acts of terrorism at home and abroad, killing of our police officers, racial strife & unrest) Psalm 37 is such a great reminder that evil will not prevail. Our mighty God is in control. The most important thing we can do is share the Gospel, pray for peace, and wait patiently for Him. Thanks again for the Jumpstart commentary today!

  2. I have seen a wicked and ruthless man flourishing like a luxuriant native tree, but he soon passed away and was no more; though I looked for him, he could not be found.

    When assessing any situation, a person should always take the long look. What is most important is not that a cause begins well but that it ends well. We must not allow the initial success of of the ungodly lead us astray. Those who trust in the Lord will triumph in the end.

  3. I’ve always liked verse 25.

    “I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread.”

    It shows that not only are we blessed, but our right living and trusting in the Lord has a postive affect on those around us, especially the ones under our charge.

  4. Verse 8 and 9 stood out to me. “Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret – it leads only to evil. For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.”

    I, like many others, see what is happening in our country and in our political system and I get angry. I “fret” and there is a “wrath” stirred up in me. I needed this rebuke today. My frustration and “fretting” doesn’t produce anything good in my heart and it certainly doesn’t change the situation. I can’t let the media (including social media) take my eyes off what Korbet called the “long look”. God is not shocked by the madness of these world. I appreciated the refocus that Psalm 37 gave today.

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