Saturday, October 1, 2016

Psalm 37:1-9

Don’t fret over all the villains in the world. And don’t envy the success of those who get ahead by doing wrong. 2 They’re fast fading like the rye grass in the Phoenix heat. In no time they’ll droop over like the vase of flowers cut last week.

3 Instead, put your trust in the Lord and then go about doing all the good you can. Live off the land you’re given and make sure that faithfulness and integrity are among the crops you cultivate there.

4 Enjoy the Lord’s good company and in the context of that relationship he’ll make sure that you get what your heart desires.

5 Turn everything over to him and trust him as you move forward with your life. 6 You can count on him to make sure that your innocence is revealed like the dawning sun. The justness of your actions will shine like the noonday sun.

7 Wait patiently for the Lord to make things right. He will -- in his time. As you’re waiting, don’t get upset over the conniving jerks who come up with all these plans to better themselves at the expense of others.

8 Release the anger that is trying to fester in your soul, becoming uncontrollable rage. That anger and rage is just as dangerous as the injustice that feeds it. Again, take a deep breath, count to ten, and stubbornly refuse to get upset.

9 The fact is, the crooks will not survive the purge that is coming. But the people who continue to trust the Lord, in spite of the undeniable injustices out there, will eventually own the real estate and control the market.