Saturday, April 19th, 2014
Psalm 37: Hearing From Heaven (Part 1)
Rules And Reasons
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
Romans 15:4 (NKJV)
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My Words will by no means pass away.
Matthew 24:35 (NKJV)
Psalm 37 is about crime and punishment, virtue and reward. It's about unscrupulous advancement opposing patient progress. For God's media missionaries, Psalm 37 is about gaining His Heart for your future part--or losing all views as yesterday's news.
Psalm 37 reminds us not to fret and forget the goodness of God. It's filled with warnings, promises and practical advice. It's an affirmation of God's perfect justice. 'For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad' (2 Corinthians 5:10). 'For the Lord loves justice' (Psalm 37:28).
Consider the Psalms: They are the Bible's longest Book. Psalm 119 is the Bible's longest Chapter; Psalm 117 is the Bible's shortest Chapter, and Psalm 23, Its most popular Chapter. The majority of Psalms were written by King David, a man after God's Own Heart--including Psalm 37, written in his old age.
As a teen, David was called by God. From that time forward, he suffered and triumphed, sinned and repented. He revealed more about his struggles than any other Bible hero; David endured years of waiting, fighting and betrayals. He enjoyed years of growth, triumph and celebration. The Psalms overflow with David's tears and cheers.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Heed Psalm 37. It not only teaches you how to act 'That you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault...' but also how to react 'In the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world' (Philippians 2:15).
To Be Continued...
* Psalm 37: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2037&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hearing From Heaven series.