The Psalms are an oasis in the middle of the Bible, a place where you can go to be refreshed and inspired. They work the same way for me with this blog. Every now and then I like to return to my slow and steady study of the book of Psalms. When I do, it doesn’t take long before I’m filling up page after page in my notebook with things that I know I have to blog about. So over the next two weeks, I’m going to be running through Psalms 36 – 49.
Upon returning to the Psalms it didn’t take long for the inspiration to hit me, as the very first verse in this Psalm of David jumped out at me.
Psalm 36:1 Transgression speaks to the wicked deep in his heart; there is no fear of God before his eyes.
Sometimes I get so angry at people. When you look at this world, some of the perversions that masquerade as everyday occurrences, it can really get to you. But here’s something that really hit me when I read the above verse. Sinners want to sin. Sometimes a person can be so lost, so caught up in darkness, that it’s not even wrong to them to sin. They don’t even recognize their behavior as wrong.
I think as believers we need to be careful not to put our ways on them. I may be doing my best to walk the narrow path of God and uphold his standards of holiness and behavior, but that doesn’t mean that everyone around me is. So why am I going to judge a non-believer according to the believer standards?
Now look, I’m in no way saying that we should be okay with their behavior. What I am saying is that instead of judging them and being angry with them for how they are we should try to make Jesus’ love real in their lives. We should be a living testament to the power of Jesus. We need to love the lost enough to share the truth of Jesus with them, to share with them the joys and comfort of living a godly life. My place isn’t to judge a non-believer, it’s to love them enough to try everything in my power to bring them to a place where they accept Jesus and come into a relationship with Him.
Anytime you find yourself looking down on lost people or standing in a place of judgment over them, remember one thing. There was a time when Jesus looked around Him and looked through time at all the lost people, lost people like you and me. He didn’t look down on us, He didn’t shake His head and leave us to continue on in our wicked ways. Jesus allowed himself to be crucified and took the punishment and weight of my transgressions and the transgressions of every person forever so that we might be saved. Jesus is the best friend sinners ever had. And if I’m living a life that uses Jesus as my example, then I know that I’m not called to write off every sinner, I’m called to go to extraordinary lengths to try to save them, to try to make Jesus known to them.
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Sometimes I read something in the Bible and am left breathless at it’s beauty. That happened with these next two verses.
Psalm 36:5-6 Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. 6 Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O Lord.
God’s love fills the entirety of the world. It is so vast that it spreads and spreads. The majesty of my God is something that will forever leave me in awe.
One thing I enjoy is reading multiple versions of the Psalms and this particular verse is amazing in The Message interpretation of Bible.
Psalm 36:5-6 (The Message) God’s love is meteoric, his loyalty astronomic, His purpose titanic, his verdicts oceanic. Yet in his largeness nothing gets lost; Not a man, not a mouse, slips through the cracks.
I’ve written several times of my love of the term Cosmic God. God’s a universe maker, and I love anything that reminds me of his galaxy filling presence. His love and faithfulness are without boundaries and without ending. Steadfast, and everlasting.
PRAYER AND CLOSING
Father God, today I think of you in the stars and it brings joy and reverence to my heart. Your power is on display all around us, all creation testifies of your magnificence. I think about your love, the kind of love that the Bible teaches me that you have, and I struggle to fully grasp it. Things that are infinite are difficult for my human mind to understand. And your love is infinite. I may not have the capacity to fully grasp that sort of love, but I assure you Lord, I have the capacity to be thankful for it! You carry me through this life, guiding me, teaching me, you really are the good father. I feel your hand at work in my days and my nights, I feel your presence resting always upon my home. What other King comes off the throne, leaves the palace, and resides with his subjects? What is my small house compared to the wonders of heaven? And yet, that’s you, Father, that’s your love, that you are here with me, here with all of your people. For as massive and as cosmic as you are, you’re still so personal and approachable. Even this prayer is a wonder, that you bend your ear to your people. Thank you for the lines of communication and communion we have with you, God. Thank you for the way you set up the system so that I can approach you this way. You are my friend. I count among my friends the creator of the universe! What a thing to be able to say! Be glorified in my life, Lord, do a mighty work in me, keep guiding me to do more and more for your kingdom. Grant me chances to share your love with those who need it. Let my every step be guided by you and not by me. Lastly, let any non-believer who read today’s blog receive it in the spirit of love that it was meant. Soften their hearts Lord, let them really hear what you’re revealing to them, help them to see you for what you truly are. And let them find comfort and rest in your arms, Lord. In the precious name of Jesus I pray, amen.
Well, it’s Monday again my friends. I hope the week is off to a wonderful start for all of you. I love you guys very much. If there’s anything at all you’d like prayer for, please reach out to me and let me know, I’d love to pray for you. God loves you so much, and I just know that He’s at work in your life today.