- BY JULIA GOSS
Living in the world with its problems today, believers can become discouraged when evil men appear to prosper. As the prophet Jeremiah explained, “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jer 17:9)
According to Psalm 36, life during David’s time was much the same. People rebelled against God and continually plotted evil. They were insolent in their attitude towards God and persuaded themselves that they would get away with their seditious lifestyle – no one could stop them. They were in control of their lives and woe to anyone who got in their way. Doesn’t this sound like our world today?
The Psalm makes a change in verse 5 as David chooses to place his focus on God. It would seem as if he deliberately turns away from the ungodly as he worships and extols God. “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.” (The Message)
How comforting for us as believers to know that such an all-powerful God is fully involved in the lives of those who love Him. He is always there, waiting for us to run into the shelter of His wings. He invites us to feast with Him at the banquet that He has prepared for us and He fills us with His life-giving water. Our covenant-keeping God wants to spend time with us in fellowship. As we seek Him, He gives His light to us and the darkness flees. His mighty hand of protection keeps us from the proud and wicked – those who do evil will be thrown down, never to rise again.
If God is for us, who can stand against us? We needn’t worry about the wicked, what they are up to or if they are getting away with it! God won’t be mocked by the unbelievers – He is our covenant partner and therefore the battle is His! Our responsibility is to keep our eyes focussed on Him and to give Him the glory, praise and honour that is due to His name.