Worried About the Wicked?

Don’t worry about the wicked
or envy those who do wrong.
For like grass, they soon fade away.
Like spring flowers, they soon wither.
Trust in the Lord and do good.
Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you your heart’s desires.
Commit everything you do to the Lord.
Trust him, and he will help you.
He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn,
and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.

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 being angry! Turn from your rage!
Do not lose your temper – it only leads to harm.
For the wicked will be destroyed,
but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.
Soon the wicked will disappear.
Though you look for them, they will be gone.

The lowly will possess the land
and will live in peace and prosperity.
The wicked plot against the godly;
they snarl at them in defiance.
But the Lord just laughs,
for he sees their day of judgment coming.
The wicked draw their swords
and string their bows
to kill the poor and the oppressed,
to slaughter those who do right.
But their swords will stab their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken.

It is better to be godly and have little
than to be evil and rich.
For the strength of the wicked will be shattered,
but the Lord takes care of the godly.
Day by day the Lord takes care of the innocent,
and they will receive an inheritance that lasts forever.
They will not be disgraced in hard times;
even in famine they will have more than enough.
But the wicked will die.

The Lord’s enemies are like flowers in a field—
they will disappear like smoke.
The wicked borrow and never repay,
but the godly are generous givers.
Those the Lord blesses will possess the land,
but those he curses will die.

The Lord directs the steps of the godly.
He delights in every detail of their lives.
Though they stumble, they will never fall,
for the Lord holds them by the hand.
Once I was young, and now I am old.
Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned
or their children begging for bread.

The godly always give generous loans to others,
and their children are a blessing.
Turn from evil and do good,
and you will live in the land forever.
For the Lord loves justice,
and he will never abandon the godly.
He will keep them safe forever,
but the children of the wicked will die.

The godly will possess the land
and will live there forever.
The godly offer good counsel;
they teach right from wrong.
They have made God’s law their own,
so they will never slip from his path.
The wicked wait in ambush for the godly,
looking for an excuse to kill them.
But the Lord will not let the wicked succeed
or let the godly be condemned when they are put on trial.

Put your hope in the Lord.
Travel steadily along his path.
He will honor you by giving you the land.
You will see the wicked destroyed.
I have seen wicked and ruthless people
flourishing like a tree in its native soil.
But when I looked again, they were gone!
Though I searched for them, I could not find them!
Look at those who are honest and good,
for a wonderful future awaits those who love peace.
But the rebellious will be destroyed;
they have no future.

The Lord rescues the godly;
he is their fortress in times of trouble.
The Lord helps them,
rescuing them from the wicked.
He saves them,
and they find shelter in him.

Psalm 37
A Psalm of David

By the Grace of God, go we.

Where Can I Hide?

My Dwelling Place
Psalm 91

I dwell in the secret place of the
Most High and abide under
the Shadow of the Almighty.
I say of the LORD, He is
my refuge and my fortress:
my GOD; in Him I trust.

Surely He delivers me
from the snare of the fowler,
and from the noisome pestilence.
He covers me with His feathers,
under His wings I trust;
His truth is my shield and buckler.
I will not be afraid of the terror by night;
nor of the arrow that flies by day.
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness;
nor of the destruction that wastes at noonday.

A thousand may fall at my side, and
ten thousand at my right hand;
but it will not come near me.
Only with my eyes will I behold
and see the reward of the wicked.
Because I have made the LORD,
which is my refuge, even the
Most High, my habitation.
There no evil will befall me,
neither will any plague
come near my dwelling.

For He gives His angels charge
over me, to keep me in all His ways.
They bear me up in their hands,
lest I dash my foot against a stone.
I will tread upon the lion and the adder:
the young lion and the dragon
will I trample under my feet.

Because I set my love upon Him,
He will deliver me:
He will set me on high, because
I know His name.
I will call upon Him, and
He will answer me:
He will be with me in trouble;
He will deliver me, and honor me.
With long life will He satisfy me,
and show me my Salvation.

By the Grace of God, go we.

Prayers From The Heart

Dear Heavenly Father,
Unite me more firmly with your Son, Jesus Christ,
Fill my heart with His benevolent love for all people.
Give me a real concern for those who are lost around me;
those who have no one to turn to, and help me to share
the message of Christ’s love for us all with them.
Keep me humble and ever aware that
every accomplishment for you is your work in me.

O Lord Most High,
Fill me with your Holy Spirit.
I come not with selfish reasons but with a real desire
to glorify you and your Son, Jesus Christ.
My life is often in turmoil and in affliction, but I know
that through the presence of your Spirit
I can be a calm and steadfast witness
to the peace that passes all understanding.
In Jesus’ name and for His sake.

Dear God,
I confess that quite often I do not know
how to pray as I ought, and I compound my sin
by blundering on ahead at full steam anyway.
Help me to dig deeply into the Scriptures
that I might apply what I learn to my prayers.
Help me to be more sensitive to
the divine dimension in life around me that I
might pray according to your providential governance.
Bless me with a greater awareness of your Spirit
as He moves within me that I might pray
for whatever you would desire of me.

Dear Father,
Help me to examine myself, and my prayers,
that I might determine if they are truly from right motives.
I have offered up my needs and the needs of others,
and I have failed to see that many of these petitions,
though seemingly good on the outside,
were really rooted in selfishness.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.

Lord Jesus,
I do believe, but help my unbelief.
I long to feel the leading of the Holy Spirit in my life,
and I long to pray in faith knowing my prayers will be answered.
It is a new insight for me to know that the sober and rational
and intelligent decisions of my life made prayerfully can be
the leadings of the Spirit of God rather than emotional impulses.
Help me not to take too much for granted, but to look to the truth
that real faith brings to those who seek to serve God.

Heavenly Father,
Shine the light of your Holy Spirit into my mind
as I more diligently search the holy Scriptures for
the promises you have for me and the world about me.
Call to my mind those things that I have read
when I am in time of trouble and distress
that I might pray rightly through the application
of your promise to my need.

O Lord, my God and Savior,
I consecrate myself to you right now
for your use – my mind, my heart, my soul,
my talents, my time, and my treasures.
I dedicate my life to serving you in all ways
and to following you wherever you lead.
I feel free, O God, knowing that you possess me fully
and that you will guide me in the prayers
that you desire to answer.

By the Grace of God, go we.