This week I’m looking at Psalm 92, which exhibits a great contrast. Of what? Of those close to the Lord and those who ban His presence from their lives, shunning Him, wanting nothing to do with Jesus.
Life overflows with contrasts. Extraverts and introverts. Savers and spenders. Takers and givers. Artists and me. Those handy with tools and me. Who can build almost anything and then there’s me!
But in Psalm 92 we see the ultimate contrast, the spiritual one, which counts for eternity. After praising the Lord for His steadfast love and faithfulness, the psalmist paints an unflattering picture of the unbeliever–‘How great are your works, O Lord! Your thoughts are very deep! The stupid man cannot know; the fool cannot understand this: that though the wicked sprout like grass and all evildoers flourish, they are doomed to destruction forever’ (Ps. 92:5-7). Stupid…fool…wicked…evildoers…doomed.
Those words should take your breath away. Sad and sobering thoughts about those who thumb their noses at God. Who tell Jesus to take a hike. That He shouldn’t bother them. Mind His own beeswax. Bug off. Vamoose. Unfortunately for them, their wish will be granted.
But what about those who cuddle up a little closer to Jesus? Who know how much they need Him, while not deserving one crumb from His table. Yet He gives them His all. Every bit…eventually. Here’s the portrait of the believer–‘The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish…They still bear fruit in old age…’ (Ps. 92: 12-14).
Such a contrast. Okay believer, now get with the program. Stop sitting around smelling the roses. Admiring yourself for how much God loves you. Idle. On the shelf. One of God’s unemployed. What happened to bearing fruit and flourishing?
So, keep growing. Spending more time in your Bible. Praying. Being less of a worry wart and not such a nervous Nellie. More hopeful and optimistic. Actually believing God.
And how do I stack up? Knew you wondered. Probably Sr. Perfectomente? Right? Wrong. To be honest, I’m working on it. To be like Jesus, knowing I’m nowhere near that goal. Barely in the ballpark. More like I’m in third grade; when, at my age, I should already have received my doctorate.
But the trend is my friend. Two steps forward, one back. Three forward, two back. Overall, heading His way. Slowly but surely inching forward. After all, He’s not done with me. Or with you either, for that matter.
Thank you, Jesus, for helping me to be more and more like you. Amen.