Bible Ballistics: To Be What He Wants Me to Be Vol 4 #20
We live in a hustle and bustle world—Androids, I-Phones, new cars, sports rivalries, shopping, Facebook, Twitter, and on and on we could go. The difficulty appears to be keeping God at the top of our priority list. To keep Him first in our hearts and minds so that we are walking in accord with Him in all that we do–To be pleasing to our Lord.
Scripture is replete with references to God’s desire for our hearts and minds. With see accounts of believers called to an intimate, devoted relationship with God. How amazing to read the New Testament and see how Jesus lived His life in total dependence on and devotion to God—His Father. He also called His followers to do likewise. And that means you and me.
Psalm 37 is one of my favorite passages in scripture, what counsel can we mine from it’s depths.
Psalm 37:1-9, “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. 2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. 3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. 4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 5 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. 6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. 7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. 8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. 9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.”
While I often recommend verses 3-8 to people in various situations of need, I want us to look at a little more of the context to realize even more of the confidence that we gain from this short passage. Let’s take it apart and see what we can learn.
The Psalmist begins by reminding us that we don’t have to, in fact we shouldn’t, give way to the fears and frustrations that we experience looking at the sad and evil state of affairs of our age-any age! Whether it is the times of stress and conflict of Israel in the times of the Psalms, or in 21st century America or anywhere else in this world. We are so easily distracted but God calls us to trust, delight, and commit our ways to HIM.
He tells us here that we are not to allow these things to alarm us nor cause us to fret and worry. Why not? Because, He has it all in His hands. As Psalm 1:5-6 says,
“Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous
: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”
While we may feel that the ‘good guys’ can’t win, God assures us that the righteous will prevail. Throughout His Word, God reminds us that the wicked will not always prosper. He is not only in control; He is keeping an account that is accurate and perfect, and His justice will prevail.
That’s why it begins and ends this passage reminding us to Trust Him, Delight in Him, and Commit to Him in all things. God sees and knows our hearts and our actions. He cares for His own. (1 Peter 5:7b, “…. for He careth for you…” And He holds the wicked accountable-even if we don’t see it yet!
Galatians 6:7, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
Referring to the saved and the lost—every person!!
1 Corinthians 3:13-16, “Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. 16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”
This passage is referring only to believers. Those who have been born again, will also give an accounting before God of their use of the gifts and blessings that God has given to each individual. And note we will each stand on our own, there will be no one to blame. We will give an answer before our God; not for our salvation, but for our service and rewards or lack thereof.
Revelation 20:11-15, “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
This judgment will be only for the lost. For those whose names are not written in the ‘book of life’. Those who have rejected Christ Jesus, whether willfully refusing the gospel, or not seeking God and His revelation in creation that speaks to all men.
As Romans 1:19-20, “Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:”
Those who receive Christ receive eternal life, but those who have rejected Him—whether willfully or just by their failure to respond to Him—will stand before God and be cast into the ‘lake of fire’. Not a pleasant message but a true and much needed one. What does this have to do with our title, “To Be What He Wants Me to Be”? Well, I’ll close with 2 contrasts—God loves us and wants everyone to be saved, and no one to perish. But the choice is ours. We choose the seed that we sow—but the consequences are set by God. But remember, HE LOVES YOU!! Today is the day to act!!
2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
Do you know HIM? Are you fretting or resting? Trust Him for salvation, if you haven’t, or stop fretting and trust Him if you belong to Him!! God is in control! Always!! Please HIM!