Psalm 37

I’ve found myself in a bit of a “scriptural funk” as of late. My time in my Bible has felt tough, which has also led to it seriously lacking in quantity.

Dry spells… oh yes, I know what those are about.

Today, I battled into the psalms. Midway into #37, I found good stuff…

“Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for Him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. Stop your anger! Turn from your rage! Do not envy others–it only leads to harm.” (37:7-8)

I like the warning against the negative. Anger, rage, and envy–even when they might seem justified–only bring about harm… for those on both sides of such feelings. Far better to sit still-ly before the Lord.

It went on …

“The steps of the godly are directed by the Lord. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will not fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.” (37:23-24)

I decided to commit these words to memory; I need such thoughts embedded into my head. “He delights in every detail of their lives”… I’d like to know that kind of life. And stumbling is no foreign thing to any of us, but I sure enjoy the image of a steadying hand extended to help re-plant my feet and catch me before the stumbling turns to something worse.

And all these thoughts are brought to you today by the number 37.

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