February 15

Psalm 37:1-6

“Trust in the Lord, and do good; so you will live in the land, and enjoy security.   Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” vss. 3-4

As a teacher the psalmist has a sense of how life ought to be lived now that Israel had a land of its own and was no longer known as a wandering people. They could plant vineyards and raise olives on the land and find mutual security in their towns and villages. There were places of worship and plenty of opportunities to sing praises to the Lord. So the psalmist encouraged the people. “Do good,” he tells them, and “take delight in the Lord,” and they would be blessed. The desires of their hearts would become realities. For the most part things are not too different for us. Life is not rocket science! If we want to enjoy the benefits of this incredible creation the psalmist’s simple advice still holds true. “Do good,” and things will go well. And for the most part he’s right! Of course we all know that ugly things are out there in the world, and bad things can happen to good people. And none of us are immune–even if we have devoted ourselves to doing good! But those are exceptions, and generally doing good pays off for us. And even when it doesn’t, our trust in the Lord will be rewarded. We will find delight in the Divine Presence in every circumstance, and joy will fill our hearts.

Thought for the Day: How have I been blessed by doing good?

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