We must never forget what a privilege we have to be able to continually see the goodness of God in our lives. This is what David is doing in this Psalm because he continually thanks the Lord and declares His greatness.  Verse 9 says: “Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, but establish the just, for the righteous God tests the hearts and the minds “. Today we can join with David and cry out to God for the wicked ways of this world to come to an end, but do we want to be part of the solution?  For David declares that the righteous God tests the hearts and minds. This is very challenging while we do not approve the ungodly way of the world are we prepared to allow God to check our attitude to Him ( our heart) and the way that we continually think (our mind)? Unfortunately, it is so easy not to approve of the ungodly ways of the world that very few people we are in contact with are impacted by our relationship with our Saviour. For too long the church has been silent and not made a stand for Godly living. However, I believe that things are changing in the church worldwide and I believe things will continue to change. Verse 10 reinforces this truth: “My defence is of God, who saves the upright in heart “. In our conversations may we be very clear that we believe and trust our God and enjoy belonging to Him. There is nothing more satisfying than talking about how much we love the Lord and how we have experienced His goodness in our lives. We must be very careful not to get too busy to pause and thank the Lord for His goodness. The Psalmist is very clear in his understanding that his God was against sin and did not tolerate wickedness, we must firmly believe that God is in control. 2 Peter 3:9 says: “ The Lord is not slack concerning His promise (of His return) as some count slackness, but is longsuffering towards us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance “. While the world is changing at an alarming rate and we long to see the return of Jesus understand that he desires that all should come to repentance.  Verse 11 says: “God is a just God, and God is angry with the wicked every day”. We must never forget that God is a  just judge and we can have complete trust in Him. It is interesting what the Psalmist declares in Verses 12&13 “If He does not turn back, He will sharpen His sword, He bends His bow and make it ready. He also prepares for Himself instruments of death, He makes His arrows into fiery shafts “. David was very clear once God started no one can stand against Him, He is all-powerful and the powers of this world will crumble before Him. Hebrews 2: 3 says: “ How shall we escape if we neglect so great a Salvation?” The simple answer to that question is that we cannot. In the dark days in which we live, we have such an opportunity to shine brightly. We live in very extraordinary times, we are experiencing things we have never experienced before. Sadly because of the strange circumstances, some people have allowed their light to go out. May this be a warning to us to press closer to the Lord and experience his greatness in our lives?


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