During our eighth day of reading, we went through chapters 36-41.
In Psalm 36 we read about the wicked who have no fear of God. They think their sin will be kept secret and not be found out. The wicked one’s words are full of lies, his plans are trouble, and he walks in a manner that is evil and deceptive. Those who are in the Lord should be walking in contrast to the wicked, living a life of righteousness. The children of God “feast on the abundance of His house” and are never in want for anything. Everything we need comes from Him, and when we seek Him with all of our heart, we will be satisfied.
Psalm 37 reminds us to focus on what God is doing, not what the wicked are doing. We should not worry about the one who “prospers in his way,” but instead look to the Lord. Though the wicked may seem to prosper here on earth, we know that it is the children of God who will spend eternity in heaven with the Lord.
Psalm 38 provides a vivid description of what sin looks like in our bodies. David does a powerful job describing how it burns and tears away at our flesh. We don’t tend to think of sin this way, even though this is exactly what it does—poison our bodies and eat away at our spirit. He says he will wait for the Lord and confess his sin. David understands how wicked his heart is, yet he kneels before the throne and confesses his transgressions, asking for forgiveness and knowing our Father is faithful to extend grace and forgive.
Psalm 39 is interesting, as it shows just how small our life is in comparison to God. He has always been and always will be. Our life is “like a breath,” short and fleeting. Because it is so short, we should work hard to make each day we have here on earth be a living testimony, giving glory to the Lord in all we do.
Chapter 40 is beautiful, as it gives praise to God as our hope and deliverer. He saved us and set our feet upon a strong rock that will not falter or fail. This Psalm says, “Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.” Those who put their hope and trust in Him ARE blessed! We are blessed by His presence, mercy, grace, and steadfast love.
In Psalm 41 we see David compare his sin to sickness. He asks the Lord to heal him of this illness, making him more like the Lord. I love this! I know that is something I should be praying for—for the Lord to help me understand the depravity that is my sin nature, and heal me of this sickness that eats away at my soul.
These chapters are a good reminder of the seriousness of our sin condition, and encouraging as we see just how gracious God is in His forgiveness. He truly is a merciful, loving Father!