Sunday, April 20th, 2014
Psalm 37: Hearing From Heaven (Part 2)
The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes at him with his teeth... The wicked have drawn the sword and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, to slay those who are of upright conduct.
Psalm 37:12,14 (NKJV)
The wicked borrows and does not repay... The wicked watches the righteous, and seeks to slay him.
Psalm 37:21,32 (NKJV)
If Psalm 37 concerns hearing from Heaven, consider two definitions of hearing:
1) 'To listen with favor or assent' (World English Dictionary). If we are wise, we listen to God--and obey Him. But If we are foolish, we refuse to listen--and disobey Him. Disobedience brings us face to Face with another type of hearing:
2) 'A formal, official or judicial hearing' (Random House Dictionary). Because disregarding God is attempted burglary: we're trying to steal our lives back from the One Who owns them. Since we cannot succeed, we settle for robbing His people. But one day, all felons will face judgment: 'For I the Lord love justice. I hate robbery' (Isaiah 61:8).
Basically, evildoers are cruising for a bruising. Without repentance, their final destination is shipwreck. But it's not easy for God's hard-pressed elect to see it that way. From our perspective, we're paddling a rowboat in stormy seas--while bad guys sail past us in luxury liners.
If Jesus is 'The Captain of our salvation' (Hebrews 2:10), then Satan is Captain Hook. His hook? Idol worship: anything we love more than God. Like money, fame or power.
It's a tempting ticket: 'All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours' (Luke 4:6-7). If the devil tried to tempt Jesus, he'll try to tempt us.
Especially when we're treading water. Especially when we think we're getting nowhere--or even sinking: 'Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?' (Mark 4:38).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: do not envy the luxury liners cruising past you. Do not bite into their hooks. Allow Psalm 37 to remind you: one day you'll pass by them--and all you'll see will be air bubbles on the surface of still waters.
You'll reach places they never imagined, but should have.
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.