Psalm 37:18-19, 23-24 & 27-28
THE COMPARISON TRAP (2)
I love Psalm 37. If you read the whole Psalm you will see an interesting pattern; in fact a pattern that is so familiar to you and I. David talks throughout this chapter about the wicked man in comparison with the righteous man. Have you ever thought things like: “What’s this all about? I am trying my best yet that neighbour down the road who is far from God seems to be doing brilliantly while I struggle!” or “By the time I pay my tithe I can hardly make ends meet yet I know loads of people on benefits that they are not even entitled to!” This is your Psalm when it comes to those thoughts!
In the six verses above I see some lovely thoughts, thoughts that centre us again and bring balance in those times when we wonder if this whole God thing is really working.
In these verses David talks about three specific types of people. Here they are:
1. The blameless
2. The one who delights
3. The just and faithful ones
Let’s for a moment look at each one separately.
1. The blameless. Well I don’t know about you but I rarely feel blameless – yet I am also saved enough to know that my thoughts can be so far away from the truth. In 1 Corinthians 1 v 8 it says; “He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Do you hear that? God is going to keep you strong so that you are blameless. That doesn’t sound to me like it is something you are going to have to do; that sounds like His work!
2. The one who delights. I struggled with this one for a long time. Do I delight? Finally one day I got it. When your thoughts constantly come back to God…you are delighting.
3. The just and faithful ones. In 1 John 1 v 9 it reads “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all righteousness.” Jesus lives on the inside of me, and as He lives His life through mine His character is displayed.
Now that we have that settled, here is what God is saying to us today; YOU will spend your days under the Lords care and the inheritance He gives you will last forever. YOU may stumble but you will never fall because God will hold you up, and finally God loves YOU and will NOT forsake YOU! So regardless of how everyone else is getting on, run your own race! I’m sure the guy who built his house on the rock was frustrated too when, while digging his foundations, he looked out and saw his neighbour with his house already finished and lying with his feet up! Yet we know what happened – that house didn’t stand the test of time. In spite of feeling that others are getting ahead, keep doing the right things, keep your integrity and God will bring you through for the long haul.