Not to Worry: Part 2, Day 3

Theme: The Righteous Blessed and the Wicked Cut Off

In this week’s lessons we see how the wicked and righteous are contrasted, and learn how the mature Christian approaches all of life to the glory of Christ.

Scripture: Psalm 37:21-40

The first contrast between the wicked and the righteous is that the wicked borrow and do not pay their debts, while the righteous give generously.

The righteous will inherit the land, but the wicked will be cut off (v. 22). This second contrast is meant to be taken of the land of Israel literally, since inheritance of the land is one of the great Old Testament promises. It is not the same for us, since there are no promises that New Testament believers are to possess or inherit portions of the Promised (or any other) Land. Yet, there is the third beatitude: “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth" (Matt. 5:5). That is a New Testament promise, spoken to Christians. What does it mean?

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Not to Worry: Part 2, Day 2

Theme: The Christian and Money

In this week’s lessons we see how the wicked and righteous are contrasted, and learn how the mature Christian approaches all of life to the glory of Christ.

Scripture: Psalm 37:21-40

Yesterday we said that in the second part of this psalm there are four contrasts concerning the wicked, the Lord, and, for the last two, the righteous. In this third section the psalmist continues with three more contrasts, dealing directly with the wicked and the righteous.

Yesterday we said that in the second part of this psalm there are four contrasts concerning the wicked, the Lord, and, for the last two, the righteous. In this third section the psalmist continues with three more contrasts, dealing directly with the wicked and the righteous.

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Reading the Bible: Ordinary Reading (Part 1)

While the Bible is extra-ordinary, it is such through the use of the ordinary ways that human beings speak to one another. It is supernatural revelation that God has given in natural language. The Bible is special and unique, but it is not special and unique in this way, that is, in the manner by which it communicates truth to human beings.

Sitting down to read the Bible isn’t enough. We need to learn how to read it well; and, reading it well is actually more difficult than one might think. Many of us want to grow in our relationship with God, in our knowledge of what he has taught, and in our spiritual lives, and we know that reading the Bible is central to that goal, but we often find our bible reading frustratingly fruitless. What am I supposed to be getting from this text? How does it teach me about Jesus? How does it help me to grow?

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Not to Worry: Part 2, Day 1

Theme: Two Ways and Two Destinies

In this week’s lessons we see how the wicked and righteous are contrasted, and learn how the mature Christian approaches all of life to the glory of Christ.

Scripture: Psalm 37:21-40

At the beginning of the last chapter I pointed out that Psalm 37 is a good exposition of the third of Jesus’ eight beatitudes, from the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount: "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth" (Matt. 5:5). Jesus does not explain the meaning of meekness in that sermon, but Psalm 37 does.

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Not to Worry: Part 1, Day 5

Theme: The Way of the Wicked

In this week’s lessons we look at a psalm that contains some of the best-loved verses in the Old Testament, and learn what mature Christian living looks like.

Scripture: Psalm 37:1-20

The second section of this psalm (vv. 12-20) describes the way of the wicked, much like Psalms 1, 36 and others do. In fact, from here to the end of the psalm nearly every verse mentions either the wicked or the righteous or both. Later, in section three, there are a series of contrasts between the righteous and the wicked. In this section there are also contrasts, but they concern the wicked more directly. Here are four of them.

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Thinking About Mental Purity

And Inner Rings and Repugnant Cultural Others....

One thing that I really enjoyed about Alan Jacobs’ new book, How to Think, is the way he puts regular words together to make up a new term.

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Not to Worry: Part 1, Day 4

Theme: The Meekest Man

In this week’s lessons we look at a psalm that contains some of the best-loved verses in the Old Testament, and learn what mature Christian living looks like.

Scripture: Psalm 37:1-20

Before we go further in this study I want to introduce an example of what it means to be meek. I do this because we usually think of meekness as weakness, and that is not the idea at all. The example I have in mind is from the life of Moses, and I refer to it because of a verse in the story that says that Moses was an illustriously meek man. The New International Version uses the word "humble." The King James Version says "meek." But both express the same idea. The verse says, "Moses was a very humble [or meek] man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth” (Num. 12:3).

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Not to Worry: Part 1, Day 3

Theme: Look Ahead

In this week’s lessons we look at a psalm that contains some of the best-loved verses in the Old Testament, and learn what mature Christian living looks like.

Scripture: Psalm 37:1-20

Yesterday we described the first two things this psalm says are necessary to live a godly life. Today we list the other three.

"Commit your way to the LORD" (v. 5). The command to "commit” our ways to God is not a redundancy, something that has already been covered in what it means to trust God (content, assent and commitment), but actually carries us further in showing what it means to live with God whom we trust and in whom we delight. The word actually means "to roll one's way onto God,” the figure being, as H. C. Leupold says, to "dislodge the burden from your shoulders and lay it on God."3 This is what the Apostle Peter was thinking about in 1 Peter 5:7—in fact, he was probably referring to Psalm 37:5 explicitly—when he wrote, "Cast all your anxiety upon him because he cares for you." He meant that we do not need to worry about things, because God cares for us, is equal to all circumstances and will manage anything that can possibly come into our lives.

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On Being Forgotten

We live in a culture where entertainers are valued more than thinkers. Those who can control the path of a ball or who can convincingly deliver a line are valued more than people who can speak to the real meaning of life. We tend to appreciate people who can entertain us more than people who call us to holiness. Fame is sought for the sake of fame. Even in the church we seek celebrities more than faithful servants. Some pastors become too big to fail. They are kept in the pulpit or put back in the pulpit when they have clearly disqualified themselves by their behavior. In the end, it is the church who suffers because of our preoccupation with fame.

Last spring, I was asked to speak at a local Christian high school’s graduation ceremony. I felt sorry for the graduating class because a rival high school in the area had invited US Sen. Ben Sasse to be their graduation speaker. These poor kids got stuck with me. But it seemed to fit. Instead of speaking to this graduating class about choosing the road less traveled, making a difference, following your dreams, being a radical Christian, or some other schmaltzy and over-used cliché about graduation, I told the class to plan on ending up living a boring and ordinary life.

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Not to Worry: Part 1, Day 2

Theme: The Quiet Spirit

In this week’s lessons we look at a psalm that contains some of the best-loved verses in the Old Testament, and learn what mature Christian living looks like.

Scripture: Psalm 37:1-20

The first eleven verses are the most direct exposition of the third beatitude, which is where they end. They describe the quiet spirit of one who trusts in God and does not fret because of evil men.

The first eleven verses are the most direct exposition of the third beatitude, which is where they end. They describe the quiet spirit of one who trusts in God and does not fret because of evil men.

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