Contrary to the childhood rhyme that we all remember, ‘cheaters never prosper’, we know from the harsh realities of life that they do. This is always difficult to accept for Christ followers. He warned us that we would always have troubles (Jn 16:33) but that He has overcome the world. The Lord’s words were meant to comfort us and help us to persevere until the end when all would be made right.
Maybe we’re missing something. We note that the psalmist appears to be much more aware of God’s work around him. For you make me glad by your deeds, O Lord; I sing for joy at the works of your hands. (v 4) Have we become self-absorbed to the point where see only our immediate surroundings and circumstance? There are innumerable evidences of His hand in restoring righteousness all around us and we have the ability to become more aware. As we grow in our knowledge of His works, we will also sing. The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. (vv 12-13)
Grace and peace to you.
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