Psalm 37: Day 17

I have seen a wicked, violent man spreading himself like a luxuriant tree in its native soil. Then he passed away, and lo, he was no more; I sought for him, but he could not be found. Mark the blameless man, and behold the upright; For the man of peace will have a posterity. But transgressors will be altogether destroyed; The posterity of the wicked will be cut off. (Psalms 37:35-38)

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

We are just a few days past the Easter season. Each year it is during this season that those who believe in Christ give special attention to Christ’s passion. We reflect on the supreme sacrifice He made to redeem us from our sin and restore us to peace with God. The season concludes with Resurrection Sunday and our thoughts of sorrow turn to rejoicing as we observe and celebrate the glory of Christ’s victory over sin and death. HE IS ALIVE!

As I read the Psalmist words in today’s passage, I can’t help but wonder if the Lord gave David a look into his redemptive future. Certainly all that is written here, from the destruction of the wicked to the posterity of the blameless, points to Jesus’s completed work at Calvary; some 1,000 years in the future for David, more than 2,000 years in history for us.

In his first epistle Peter tells us we can cast all our anxiety on Jesus, because he cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). In his commentary on this verse, John MacArthur writes:

“Casting” means “to throw something on something,” as to throw a blanket on a donkey. Christians are to cast all of their discontent, discouragement, despair, and suffering on the Lord, and trust him for knowing what he’s doing with their lives. Along with submission (1 Pet. 5:5) and humility (vv. 5–6), trust in God is the third attitude necessary for victorious Christian living.

Now for the big question. Do we believe? Do we believe that what Christ has done is sufficient? Do we believe that He is able to carry our discontentment, our discouragement, our despair, our suffering?

Yes? Then we must ask ourselves, “do I live like I believe”? “Does my walk match my talk”? When we are going through trials, what do others see in us? What do we see in ourselves? Do our lives reflect peace or anxiety?

The “Easter Season” has passed. But what was accomplished is not for a season, it is for eternity. Jesus paid it all, as the old hymn goes. He paid it all – for all our days, for all who would believe, for all generations.

“Lord, help us to put our trust in You. Teach us to walk in faith, not for our own posterity but so that Your glorious name will be magnified. So that others will see and believe”.

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