THE HERITAGE OF THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE CALAMITY OF THE WICKEDA study on how attitude can make the vital difference in time.Psalm 37 DNCF Sunday 24th June, 2012
A Replay of Life Psalms 37:25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. 26 He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.
Today’s attitude determines tomorrow’soutcome Attitude leads to choices Choices lead to heritage Heritage means what we get as life’s outcome and also leave behind for future generations In a bad situation what is our Attitude???? Do we choose to fret, get angry, envy, be bitter??? Do we choose to trust, delight, commit, rest and
Attitude1: Anger and envyPsalms 37:1 Do not be angry because of the wrongdoers, or have envy of the workers of evil.2 For they will quickly be cut down like grass, and become dry like the green plants.8 Put an end to your wrath and be no longer bitter; do not give way to angry feeling which is a cause of sin.
Attitude 2: Trust, Delight, Commit , Rest,WaitPsalm 37: 3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
Did we catch the analogy?Anger, envy, bitterness, Trust, Delight, Commit,sin = Rest, Wait =cut down like the grass, bring forth righteousnesswither as a green herb as the dawn and justice as a noonday
Lets look at it again….Psalms 37:10 For in a 11 But the gentle willshort time the evil- have the earth for theirdoer will be gone: you heritage; they will takewill go searching for his their delight in peaceplace, and it will not be without measure.there. 18 The LORD knows20 But the wicked will the days of the upright:perish;… like the and their heritage shallsplendor of the be for ever.meadows, shall
The good man also falls…but….. Psalms 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and he takes delight in his way. 24 Even if he has a fall he will not be utterly cast down: for the hand of the Lord upholds him.
How can one get down once fallen? Psalms 37:27 Be turned from evil, and do good; and your place will be for ever. 28 For the Lord is a loves justice, and does not forsake his saints; they are preserved for ever; but the seed of the evil-doers will be cut off. In other words: There needs to be a change in attitudes, in choices, in way of life God is a righteous JUDGE If one does not change his attitude, choices and practices, God’s judgment will be against him If one changes his attitude, choices and practices his place in
Lets look at it again in pictures1. The WaiterPsalms 37:34 Wait on the Lord, and keep his way;and you will be lifted up, and have the land for yourheritage: when the evil-doers are cut off, you will see it.
2. The fallen tree Psalms 37:35 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading like a green tree in its native soil: 36 but he passed away, and behold, he was not; and I sought him, but he was not found.
In summaryPsalms 37:37 Give attention to the good man, andtake note of the upright; because the end of thatman is peace.38 But as for the sinners, they will be cut offtogether; the end of the wrongdoers is destruction.39 But the Lord is the saviour of the upright: he istheir strength in the time of trouble.40 And the Lord will be their help, and keep themsafe: he will take them out of the hands of the evil-doers, and be their saviour, because they had faith
The last hooks: What kind of attitude are we going to foster? What END is it going to bring us?Thanks! Theend!