Tuesday, December 2, 2008

A New Perspective

Often when I read the Psalms, I think of “evildoers” as sinners, or those who directly oppose me or Christ. You know, the evil people David and other Psalmists dealt with, who would toss the good guys in pits and stand back laughing. For the most part, I don't come in contact with that type—I'd say no one is “out to get me.” In turn, I tend to belittle my problems, because they aren't as serious as starving in a pit, and then I feel like I have to pick and choose to find what parts of the Bible I'm relating to today.

However, just now, I realized that an “evildoer” could very easily be any circumstance in my life that makes it difficult for me to be with Christ or rest in His peace. And not only could an “evildoer” be a circumstance—it could be a frame of mind or an attitude. And I'll be honest with you—my attitude hasn't been so hot lately, not to mention my circumstances. In light of these revelations, these verses take on a whole new depth of meaning:

Psalm 37:1-9

A Psalm of David.

Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, And wither as the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring [it] to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret--[it] only [causes] harm. For evildoers shall be cut off; But those who wait on the LORD, They shall inherit the earth.


Gaspegirl said...

Hi Tori, thanks for visiting my blog today! I just wanted to let you know that SITS is a wonderful place to meet new people and I have loved every moment of it! There is not a huge commitment... you come and go as you please but I always make a point of doing the roll call every morning and when I have a minute (or if I am bored) I know that I can check out SITS and there is always a listing of hundreds of bloggers who update their blogs regularily and I can take a peek (and leave a comment, of course!)

Come over if you think that you may like it... it has been a lot of fun!

Vic said...

Hey Tori,
Guess what? I am not only new to SITS too but I am a strong Christian, love your blog, am praying for your family, and my whole family calls me Tori too! :) I am really happy I found your blog and I hope all is well. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and I know it was crazy for like- the WHOLE day. In seconds there would be like 50 comments. It was crazy. I kept refreshing my browser to watch the comment numbers go up. It was pretty insane. Hope you stop back again.

Peter said...

Definatly right!!! :-D I love that perspective!!

Totally praying for you.

I love you my dear!!!


Martha said...

This is beautiful, Thank you so much. To look inside one's heart and soul is such a blessing, to share it, what a gift.
Thank you for sharing SITSmas cheer on my blog.

Jen r. said...

HI Tori. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a nice comment! I saw your earlier post and my prayers are with you and your family. I just lost my grandma last month and it does get easier. They really are in a better place.

Diane said...

Sorry you missed the Merry SITSmas fun. But thanks for stopping by my blog to say hi.

Sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts this evening.

Oh, btw, I LOVE your header photo! So sweet!

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