The Difference is God

9 Nov

Psalm 37 is a bit longer, so I will not put all the text in this blog.  Basically, the psalmist is contrasting a person who is seeking God’s way and a person who working against God’s purposes.  I like the images that Eugene Peterson uses in his paraphrase for this psalm that describes the benefits of being a God-centered person.

The psalm begins with assurances that we don’t need to worry about wicked people just have to listen to God;

“1-2 Don’t bother your head with braggarts
or wish you could succeed like the wicked.
In no time they’ll shrivel like grass clippings
and wilt like cut flowers in the sun.

3-4 Get insurance with God and do a good deed,
settle down and stick to your last.
Keep company with God,
get in on the best.”

The concept of ‘keeping company with God’ is detailed in the next verses of the Psalm;

 “Open up before God, keep nothing back;
he’ll do whatever needs to be done:
He’ll validate your life in the clear light of day
and stamp you with approval at high noon.

Quiet down before God,
be prayerful before him.
Don’t bother with those who climb the ladder,
who elbow their way to the top.”

I believe that talking honestly with God is one of the most important parts of our spiritual growth.   If we will daily talk over the places where we have failed and where we think we felt we were pleasing to God, then we look at our lives through a God perspective.  I think if we know ourselves, our strengths and weaknesses, and we are comfortable in our relationship with God, then we can face anything.  Other’s opinions become less essential when we are in right relationship with our first love (aka – God).  The psalmist says it this way.

 “Bridle your anger, trash your wrath,
cool your pipes—it only makes things worse.
Before long the crooks will be bankrupt;
God-investors will soon own the store.”

The psalm is much longer, and I invite you to take time to read it all.  Yet, right now I hope you will take time to have an honest conversation with God.  You see, the good news is God knows it all.  So why talk to God?  Because there is something that happens to us, in our humanness when we form words and speak them to God.  It is very freeing to let God know all that is on our minds, the good, the bad and the ugly.  I have often journaled my conversations with God. it has been very helpful to me throughout my life.  But, any way you do it, God wants to hear about your day and what you thought about it.

 

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