One of the things I love most about the book of Psalms is just how much of the core christian message can be found in this small collection of 150 poems. Here, in just these seven verses, we have a picture of all that a Christian community should be, with Jesus as the Light of the world shining in the darkness as the starting point. there is a brief summary of christian values and a vision of the positive and lasting effect of living by these qualities. Then, as if to continue this weeks theme of faith bringing confidence, we are given a practical example of how a confident faith can actively shield you from the ever present fears and anxieties that face us all in life. Finally, we are reminded of the real power of living righteously, as godly people. The wicked are infuriated that they have no power over those who have faith in God, their hopes are dashed, and they just fade away.
Psalms 112:4-10 NLT
4 Light shines in the darkness for the godly.
They are generous, compassionate, and righteous.
5 Good comes to those who lend money generously
and conduct their business fairly.
6 Such people will not be overcome by evil.
Those who are righteous will be long remembered.
7 They do not fear bad news; they
confidently trust the Lord to care for them.
8 They are confident and fearless
and can face their foes triumphantly.
9 They share freely and give generously to those in need.
Their good deeds will be remembered forever.
They will have influence and honour.
10 The wicked will see this and be infuriated.
They will grind their teeth in anger;
they will slink away, their hopes thwarted.
Today’s goal is to be found in the New Testament and it echoes these verses and summarises the whole point I think: So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7 NLT). I am often surprised and encouraged by what I find in the scriptures each day. So today, to find this little summary in the Psalms of what I should be doing and why I should be doing it, is a particularly needed encouragement. Without my faith I felt as if I really was stumbling around in the dark. So to be reminded that my efforts to do good will increasingly discourage the devil, as he tries to tempt me back to those old dark days, is essential if I am to stay strong in faith.
Ezekiel 29:1-30:26, Hebrews 11:32-12:13, Psalms 112:1-10, Proverbs 27:17