Nov 7 Daily Rhythms

Psa. 37:1-7

Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices

There is evil all around. As you begin this morning, commit you way to God. Choose to walk as if he is beside you, and make this day a part of his worship. Don’t worry about whatever else there may be. Just you and the way of worship God calls you on today. Pray that your plans and ambitions will be given to him.

Psa. 37:8 -15

Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land. In just a little while, the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there. But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace. The wicked plots against the righteous and gnashes his teeth at him, but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming. The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose way is upright; their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.

Fret not in evildoers! Has a more appropriate word ever been spoken? Chances are that at some point today you have already seen the news. There is a good chance that something has caused you to fret. The Lord sees that the day is coming. All evil will eventually be dealt with. Pray for peace, in yourself and in the world. And know that peace is coming by way of the Prince of Peace.

Psa. 37:16 -22  

Better is the little that the righteous has than the abundance of many wicked. For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous. The LORD knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will remain forever; they are not put to shame in evil times; in the days of famine they have abundance. But the wicked will perish; the enemies of the LORD are like the glory of the pastures; they vanish—like smoke they vanish away. The wicked borrows but does not pay back, but the righteous is generous and gives; for those blessed by the LORD shall inherit the land, but those cursed by him shall be cut off.

Two contrasts. Today you committed your way to God. Where did you fail? Confess your failures to God. Where did you succeed? Thank him for upholding and leading you by his grace. Pray that tomorrow his grace will continue to grow in your heart.