Saturday, May 26, 2007

Bits and Pieces: Strength

"But transgressors will be altogether destroyed; The posterity of the wicked will be cut off. But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in time of trouble. The LORD helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, Because they take refuge in Him, " (Psalm 37:38--40).

* Throughout this psalm of contrasts, David affirms the security of those who trust in the Lord, and the insecurity of the wicked. Although the prosperous and seemingly-successful pagan may appear invincible, his end will come surely. In contrast, the one whose salvation is from the LORD is promised strength, help, & deliverance.

* Interwoven throughout this psalm is the theme of evil men prospering materially, while righteous folk seem forsaken. The psalmist says, "Don't be deceived. The pagan's prosperity cannot purchase peace or inner security. The one who finds continual refuge and strength in the LORD is the one who actually prospers."

* Seeing ungodly men enjoy material prosperity and seeming ease can produce envy in the poor believer's heart. So, in these verses, as throughout the psalm, King David highlights the actual insecurity of the wicked, and the security of the saved.
For, when we seek refuge in the LORD, He provides what the world cannot buy---- protection, deliverance, and strength in time of trouble.

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