The Continuing Conflict (Part 1)

Psalm 37:23-40

The Psalmist applied an ancient literary device (an acrostic—beginning each section with a letter of their alphabet). Through this approach he (likely David) revisited the ancient (and also the modern) dilemma of explaining the continuing conflict between good and evil. How should the righteous view this conflict—especially when evil causes the righteous to suffer?

  1. Do not worry or be envious—the evil are temporary despite immediate impressions.

  2. Despite immediate appearances, God remains in charge—He is your security, the source of blessing!

  3. No matter what you endure, trust God—regardless of the situation.

  4. Be patient—do not allow immediate appearances to control permanent outlook.
    Do not be controlled by angry reactions but by trust in God.

  5. The wicked are temporary as they plot, intimidate, and threaten the righteous.

  6. God laughs at the wicked because He knows how temporary they are (their harm to righteous people is NEVER a permanent victory!)

  7. God cares for the innocent; their inheritance is enduring; hard times are deceiving, not permanent.

  8. Despite immediate appearances, the wicked are incredibly temporary.

  9. The power of wickedness lies in its ability to distort.

When the righteous allow wickedness to determine their focus, wickedness defeats them by distorting their focus. When wickedness defines the focus of the righteous, the righteous become easy prey through a distorted view.
Godly vision will ALWAYS bless righteous objectives.

An aside: if God could sacrifice a Son to an unjust death, should the righteous make no sacrifices for God?

The righteous are defeated the moment they decide not to sacrifice life for God.

David Chadwell
June 25, 2012  *  Fort Smith, AR

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