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2020-11-15 Wisdom for the Godly in Our Day - Pastor Mitch Pridgen

November 15, 2020 Sean Edmonston
Crosswalk Church of Daytona Beach
2020-11-15 Wisdom for the Godly in Our Day - Pastor Mitch Pridgen
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Crosswalk Church of Daytona Beach
2020-11-15 Wisdom for the Godly in Our Day - Pastor Mitch Pridgen
Nov 15, 2020
Sean Edmonston
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Take your Bibles and turn with me to the book of Psalms specifically Psalm 37. I'm going to read all 40 verses of the Psalm. And I want you to follow with me very closely. I've titled this morning's message wisdom for the godly in our day, Psalm 37 beginning with verse. One fret, not yourself because of evildoers me not envious of wrongdoers for, they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the greener or trust in the Lord and do good dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness, delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in him and he will act, he will bring forth your righteousness as the light and your justice as the noon day. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him. Fret, not yourself. Over the one who prospers in his way over the man who carries out evil devices, refrain from anger and forsake wrath, fret, not yourself at tens only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land. And just a little while the wicked will be no more though. You look carefully at his place. He will not be there, but the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace, wicked plots against the righteous. And gnashes his teeth at him. But the Lord laughs at the wicked for he sees that his day is coming the wicked, draw the sword and bend their bows to bring down the poor and needy to slay those whose way is upright. Their sword shall enter their own heart and their bows shall be broken better. Is the little not the righteous has than the abundance of many wicked. For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous, the Lord knows the days of the blameless and their heritage will remain forever for, they are not put to shame and evil times in the days of famine, they have abundance, but the wicked will perish. The enemies of the Lord are like the glory of the pastures. They vanished like smoke. Ivantage your way. The wicked borrows, but does not repay, but the righteous is generous and gives for those blessed by the Lord shall inherit the land. But those cursed by him shall be cut off the steps of a manner established by the Lord. When he lights in his way, though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong for the Lord upholds his hand. I have been young and now I'm old. Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread. He is ever lending generously and his children become a blessing turn away from evil and do good. So you shall dwell forever for the Lord. Loves justice for you will not forsake his saints. They are preserved forever, but the children of the wicked shall be, shall be cut off. The righteous shall inherit the land and dwell upon it forever. The mouth of the righteous odors wisdom and his tongue speaks justice. The law of his God is in his heart. His steps do not slip the wicked watches for the righteous and seeks to put him to death. The Lord will not abandon him to his power or let him be condemned when he is brought to trial. Wait for the Lord and keep his way. And he will exalt you to inherit the land. You will look on when he, when the wicked are cut off. I have seen a wicked ruthless man spreading himself like a green Laurel tree, but he passed away and behold, he was no more though. I sought him. He could not be found. Mark the blameless and behold, the upright. For there's a future for the man of peace, but transgressors shall be all together. Destroyed the future of the wicked shall be cut off. The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord. He is a stronghold in the time of trouble. The Lord helps them and delivers them. He delivers them from the wicked and saves them because they take refuge. In him. Now that's a lengthy reading for a text on a Sunday morning. Even those many of you who've been with us for some period of time will recall, uh, the Sunday morning that I read the entire a hundred 19th Psalm. And actually, if you can believe it did a abbreviated exposition of it in sections. And I. Enjoyed doing that. I have taken that song before and done it over an extended period of time. But that Sunday morning, it was very fitting to do that. As I said to you a while ago, I've titled this morning's message wisdom for the godly in our day. Because as you that word wisdom, if you, as you heard me read it while ago, it should have rang familiar in your ears. Because what you heard me reading, what you watched, as I read on the pages of your Bibles were what you were likely familiar with having read through the Proverbs over your time in God's word. And so this is kind of in a sense, a carry over from the wisdom literature that we find in the Proverbs with some additions to it, the Psalm addresses. The dilemma believers experience when the ungodly appear to be prospering, even getting away with the evil that day are doing, does that ring familiar in our ears? The Psalm has does something here, though. He exhorts trusting God while the righteous encounter apparent inequities. In this life, we did not have to look too hard or too far to discover that we are at this moment in this predicament, it seems that the ungodly around us are enjoying unabated success in carrying out their schemes. It has been said, and I believe it's accurate when it's been said this way that we live in a day. When Isaiah addressed this in Isaiah chapter five, verse 20, when evil is called good and good is called evil. Our day is certainly not the only time in human history where evil and wrongdoing seem to have the upper hand. However, there does seem to be, might have say an acceleration, if not, I I've watched, uh, of, of evil. As well as a widespread acquiescence, if not an outright acceptance of evil or wrongdoing, it seems we have a cultural disposition that has cast off the moorings of conscience. So that's pretty clear of the day in which we find ourselves while all this is taking place. There is the potential for growing anxiety. And those who purpose as Paul tells Timothy and second Timothy three 12, for all those who desire, purpose to live godly lives in Christ. Jesus. If you were to look for example, that second Timothy chapter three, and the context in which Paul writes to Timothy, we would see that the verse I just quoted to you about living godly lives in Christ. Jesus is preceded by. An extensive list of things that characterize people have asked cutoffs people of the last days, the list is really sobering. It's in fact shocking. So we're not even going to go there and look at it this morning. I have addressed it with you before yet. If you take each of the things Paul addresses, you could in all honesty, say that we are seeing these very things today. The thought of this can be, if we are not careful overwhelming. And as I said to a moment ago, anxiety can easily morph into despair. Now, while it is true that the evil will go from bad to worse. We are not church to despair. I want you to hear that this morning, we are not. To despair, this particular Psalm, one of the reasons why I've chosen it and it doesn't stand by itself, Psalm 40. Now let's look at many other songs that address the very same issues. This particular song that I've chosen this morning serves as an exhortation for us clear instruction on how we are to conduct ourselves in the face of evil and in the face of wrongdoing, we are still here. Where we're standing, sitting, living right here in the midst of this. And we don't do that without being counseled or receiving God's wisdom, how we are to live as we stand in this place. And it Psalm begins with an XR, begins with exhortations to the godly and then moves. Or we might say transitions to God's care for them, all that you heard as I read it to you while ago that go throughout the entire song, and then God's dealing with the ungodly or the God's dealings, plural with the ungodly, which is a pretty extensive commentary given to us on this. Now in verses one through eight, let's begin began by giving our attention to these verses because in these verses, we find several imperatives. Let's read verses one through eight, because that's where I'm going to focus my, almost my entire energy this morning in reading this to you. So let's look at it one more time and notice the imperatives that the Psalm has gives us. He says, fret not. Yourselves because of evildoers be not envious of wrongdoers for that, it will soon fade like the grass and wither like the greener trust in the Lord and do good dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness, delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord trust in him. And he will act, he will bring forth your righteousness as the light and your justice as the Noonday. Hey, be still for the Lord and wait patiently for him. Fred, not yourself. Over the one who prospers in his way over the man who carries out his evil devices. In verses one through eight. And I emphasize them as a read it intentionally. We are given several imperatives. Four of those imperatives you'll notice are given to us in the negative. They are actions we are told to avoid or not to do note what they are in verse one. The first part of verse one verse one a, we are told fret, not which by the way is repeated in verses seven and eight. We are not to fret the second negative in verse one B is to be not envious. The third we find in verse eight, the last verse I just read to you, which instructs us to refrain from evil and for sake rats. So here you have four distinct negative imperatives actions that we as righteous, godly people are to avoid doing the impaired. The other imperatives are given to us. And the positive. In other words, these are actions. We are instructed to engage, look how they are given to us in verse three, three, a we are to trust in the Lord and do good verse three, be weird well in the land and befriend faithfulness. You'll notice as I read that to you a while ago, about three times in this song, there's a reference to dwelling in the land. That's a major theme. And this Psalm verse four, delight yourself in the Lord. Verse five, a commit your way to the Lord. Verse five. Be trust in him. And then verse seven, be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him. Have you just pause for a moment? And think about the weight of those imperatives, what sound instruction, what profound wisdom is given to us in just what we are told in those few verses. And you'll also notice that the imperatives given in the negative have to do with ungodly influences. If we fret not, we don't fret because of evil doers. We're not to be envious of wrongdoers. Both refraining from anger and forsaking wrath have to do with evil doers that we see in verse nine. So just from what we see in the first eight verses, we should immediately recognize the similarities to what we read in the other wisdom literature. Especially as I said in the beginning, Proverbs, which contains the same exhortations almost if not entirely verbatim. Well, the time this morning doesn't afford us the opportunity to deal extensively with every single detail of each of these verses with all of this contained in these 40 verses. And you're thinking to yourself, and you hear me say that, thank God I will survey the content here and bring to our attention. I hope some things that will help us navigate. The uncertain waters in which we now find ourselves the first imperative we find in verse one, fret, not that actually sets the tone for the rest of this Psalm. To fret means in its most simple definition. If I were to say to you, don't fret, you would likely immediately say, well, the passenger is giving me counsel, not to worry. And obviously in the most simplest way, that is indeed what it does mean it does not to not worry. It however can mean and likely does here. In fact, if you were to research various commentaries on this particular verse, you'll find that each of the commentators will comment that this likely means to become vexed. Which is a little bit stronger word than simply our word worry. Vex is a word that we seldom or never use in our vocabulary. So it might serve as well to find out what we mean. When we say vaccine vex means to become disquieted or irritated and pause for a moment. I dare say there's not many within the sound of my voice today, whether you're in this. Auditorium with us or whether you're out listening to us online that cannot honestly say that in the past, perhaps several months, some of the things that have TranStar transpired have at times irritated us, we have found ourselves extremely irritated. And sadly, I mean, much of that irritation has to do with the violation of what we have constructed as our comfort zones. And then we looking for somewhere to point the finger and somebody to blame. And so what has happened to the process is that we have become disquieted or irritated. In fact, some commentators even suggests that that fret here can mean too few months. I don't need you to describe that. You're automatically brings our conjures up in our minds. Uh, thought of a special type of irritation where you might've even said to someone at some time, I hope not in a sinful way that has me fuming and over Z irritation has, has exacerbated to the point of just almost being something that it shouldn't be when we witness, by seeing this, we see and understand the gravity of the negative exhortation. When we witness evil. Or we witness wrongdoing. We are not church listened very carefully. We are not to allow ourselves to become so irritated that we find ourselves in fits of rage. And that's actually what the Psalmist is telling us that we are to avoid. I don't need to tell you there is a fine line. Anger can and often does cross that results in sending nor should the righteous ever. He has, even to it that neither should we envy the apparent prosperity. Of the evildoers. So not only are we to become disquieted or irritated at what we see as a parent prosperity of wrongdoing and evil doing, we are not in any way, shape, form, or fashion to find ourselves in being it, looking at their success and asking ourselves, why are they successful? Why are they experiencing prosperity? And the righteous seem to be suffering. In verse two, the Psalmist immediately gives the reason the righteous are not to fret nor envy the unrighteous. Look at, look at what he says here for, they will soon fade like the grass. And wither like the greener. It is amazing that right in the very beginning verse two of 40 verses after giving us the first negative imperative of not fretting, he tells us why we are not to fret over wrongdoing while we are not to be envious of evil doers. He tells it right here, here we see the brevity of their apparent prosperity. Now I know that brevity is, is in some sense as a. Subjective word brevity. I mean, if I were to say to you, well, I'll do that later. What does that mean to you? You're saying, well, how much later, when not saying when I say that and you asked me that question, you're asking me to kind of nail it down to a particular time, a point in time where I will act. And sometimes that troubles us with God, because we know that God doesn't work on our timetable. God doesn't do things the way that we would always do it ourselves or desired that he would do it. But the reality of the matter is we are given the fact that there's a brevity to the apparent prosperity of those who do wrong. Those who do evil. Yeah. The real meaning here has to do with something more than just merely time or the brevity. Of the wreck of the wicked. It has to do with the wrath of God God's dealing with these people will be as the metaphor that the Psalm is used as implies. It will be Swift. It will be effective. And unescapable though for time, even a season, they may appear to prosper. There in end in God's judgment is inevitable. I think that's the reason why it's given to us. So early on to set that might not say focal point in our thinking in our mind. Yes. This is what's going to be going on around us. Yes. There are evil doers. There are wrongdoers, there's evil things happening around us, but understand that not only will it be brief, but. Those who practice such things are at this very moment under the wrath of God. Now, first we might find ourselves savoring the idea of such judgment, only ungodly. I know none of us have ever said in our despiteful way, we'll they'll get what's coming to them. I bet nobody here has ever said that before. Have either said it or they thought it anyway, they will get what they deserve. It's almost as if we are at some in some way, savoring that idea that we just want to be there when it happens and see how it takes place. In a sense, this is indeed true. They will get what they deserve. But let us be warned and listen carefully. We are not, not church. We are not to delight ourselves in their destruction. Their judgment reminds us think of it this way. Their judgment reminds us that evil done by these people has not gone on noticed. Let us be ever mindful of the grace of God, extended to us who believe Ephesians two, one and three tells us like them just like them. We too were at one time dead in trespasses and sin. We were sons of disobedient. We were by nature, children of wrath. Were it not for the grace of God. And as he tells us in verse four of chapter, two of Ephesians, we're not for the mercy of God are in, would have been the same for there. So rather than gloating in their inevitable punishment, we should be humbled by the rain. Yeah. But, and be giving ourselves to prayer for their deliverance and for their salvation, knowing that if indeed they do not turn. And do not repent from their own doing of evil doing, they will. In fact endure the wrath of God. They will be here suddenly, and then suddenly gone. God will deal with them. And as the Psalm has progresses through his writing, he repeat repeatedly addresses, God's dealings with, and ultimately the demise of the wicked who do not turn from their way, but continue in doing what they do, consider what we read. And this is pretty extensive. I don't want to read it slowly so you can gather and look at your scripture as I go through it in verse nine. After telling us in verse two, then they will fade like the grass with her, like the earth in verse nine. He goes on to tell us they will be cut off, off, cut off in verse 10, again in just a little while the wicked will be no more. Verse 13. The Lord laughs at the wicked for he sees. That his day is coming verse 14. So the wicked draw their swords to bring down the righteous. The sword will enter their own heart. Verse 17. The arms of the wicked shall be broken. In other words, their strength shall be broken. Verse 20. The wicked will perish. They will vanish, vanish away. And in verse 34, again, he reiterates that the wicked are cut off. We see that again in verse 38, and then in verse 36, he will pass away as to not be found. This is the end of the unrighteous. This is the end of those who do evil and unequivocal language. The Psalm is describes you always dealings with the ungodly, their pride, their arrogance, and their boasting of strength. All of it is ultimately brought to not, to not their ways. Are not hidden from the Lord, listen carefully, even in their most secluded and private counsel, the Lord hears and sovereignly ordains their ruin. Go back to Psalm two and you see the very same thought given to us when the Psalm has asked the question, why do the Kings of the earth conspire and why do they imagine such vein things? As if God is outside of their council, as if God is somehow oblivious to what is really going on, we know that's not true because the Psalmist in Psalm two goes on to tell us this, this very thing that God sits in heaven. And laughs, it's not that he's finding pleasure that laughter's not God finding pleasure or joy in what is going on, but it shows that language shows the ultimate futility of the scheming of men. In regards to God, if somehow they've got the upper hand on God and somehow they can hide themselves from him and plant their there and plan their work of evil and wrongdoing without God having any knowledge of it. And we know that is absolutely not true. Now turn back to the beginning of the Psalm in verse three and som has gives us the positive imperatives. As I read those verses to you just a few moments ago, you should Emilia thought of what we read. As I said twice already in the Proverbs, the language is identical. Let's look at each of the imperatives, which will be the primary focus of our message this morning and glean from them wisdom. For living in this day, in which we find ourselves, in fact, human, this is an irregular acrostic Psalm, and not going to get into the details of explaining that to you. But these things are laid out in such a way that the reader could remember them. And I want to give them to us this morning in a way that we can remember them as we see these things transpiring around us. As we see the tides of uncertainty come and go, come and go, come and go in light of what we, I mean, we're in an uncertain time, in so many ways, we are seeing so much that is so new and so strange to us and people are asking, what do we do? How do we, how do we secure ourselves? How do we, how do we firm up the foundation upon which we are standing? And maybe this council will help us this morning. Verse three trust in the Lord. The first is trust the prosperity and success of the ungodly can test the faith of the righteous. I've heard people say where, where pastor is God, in all of this. What's God doing. And even here, people now beginning to, and I've actually heard people try to argue. In fact, I said, not too long ago to, to someone in regards to simply saying, we know God has all of this under control and they looked at me and they said, I'm not so sure that's true. And then you have to explain to them that indeed he does trust in all. Or we live in that place of tension. Between what God promises, those who are faithful to him, those who serve him and the apparent prosperity of the ungodly, which if we're not careful can provoke us to confusion in light of that, believers must put our trust in the Lord. Our faith is to remain anchored in the trust. Worthiness. Of God. And as we continued to trust, we continue to do that, which is good. What do we do? If someone asks that question, we continue to do what we know we should be doing. And that is what God's word tells us to do. While we were still in this world, lend ourselves to faithfulness. That's what we are to be doing. Don't let that faithless waiver don't let that trust. Waiver Spurgeon comments on this. He says, quote, true. Faith is actively obedient. End of quote. True. Faith is actively obedient. True trust, true faith results in doing that, which is good. That, which is right. That which God prescribes and God has given to us trust in the Lord and do good. Do what he has prescribed for us to do no matter what's going on around us. No matter what might be changing right before our very eyes, something does not change in us. It cannot change us because God does not change. And we continue to trust him. Our confidence and faith is in his trustworthiness and we continued to do good. We do, as I've said, the things he has prescribed for us to do, even when everything else around us is shaking. It is amazing. Church how oftentimes when we're conducting ourselves that way, those around us who perhaps do not know Christ, do not know God have no way of measuring really what's going on other than their feelings and their emotions will look oftentimes at us. And they will wonder how in the midst of all this, can you be so calm? Oh, in the midst of such uncertainty seem to have such a certainty. Oh, what a wonderful witnessing opportunity to look at them and say, because I trust in the Lord, I trust in the Lord and because I trusted him, I continued to do that, which is good. That, which has he, that what she has prescribed, but we're given even a second imperative here in verse four. He says, delight yourself in the Lord. Not only are the God or the godly to trust in the Lord, they are to delight in him as well. Think about that word, delight, the ungodly, delight themselves in that which satisfies their own regenerate, carnal desires. And are those things. They seem to drink incessantly continually and sadly from all outward. And I've got this in quotation marks in my notes, all outward appearances. It looks like real pleasure. Such that if the godly are not careful, they may even find themselves envying the ungodly and even in being their gain, which verse one says we are not to do. Look at them. They're not having to deal with these things they seem to be. And whatever it might be, you fill in the blanks. And suddenly we find ourselves becoming India's of their apparent success and prosperity. Even though we know how has happening the Psalmist then gives the outcome of the godly delighting themselves and the Lord. Look at the promise. He gives you in light of delighting yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. The righteous or to be reminded what James one 17 tells us that every good and every perfect gift is from above coming down from the father of lights who gives us every good, perfect gift. God does. It comes from him. In fact, what is to be our, what is to be our delight? What is to be as a believer. A follower of Christ, a lover of Christ. What, what is the chief pleasure of man to be the chief measure of man is to, to enjoy God himself and the man who lives this way from the man who lives this way. God withholds. No good thing. Do you. Have you, are you finding your delight right in the Lord? Not only are you trusting him, are you delighting in him? What in the midst of this is your source of pleasure? Is that your communion with him? Is it your growing love for him? Is it thanking him for his ongoing provision in the spite of the uncertainty? Whatever it might be. When the heart of the godly person listen to the heart of the godly person delights itself in the Lord, the Lord return in return gives the godly person more of himself. We've often said it, but we think of it in terms of monetary things. And we need to get out of that mentality. We've often said that you cannot out-give God, and that is true. If we give, as we give more of ourselves to him making him more of our delight, making him more of our pleasure, we are doing the very thing that is pleasing to him and in, so doing God gives us more of himself. How many of us would say I want more? I will. More of what God has for me as a believer within here's the counsel, delight yourself in the Lord. Find your greatest pleasure in him. Turn off the things of the world that tend to give a temporary temporary fix to our need for pleasure. End of quote and delight ourselves in him. Verse five, we have yet another imperative pot given to us in the positive we have trust. We have delight and here we have commit, commit your way to the Lord. You want this meaning is you got to look a little bit into this, this coming your way to the Lord. The meaning here, it carries the idea of casting your cares on him, giving it all to him. Sound familiar. First, Peter five, seven casting, all our cares on him. Why. Why because he cares for us. We can commit ourselves to him. We can commit our ways to him because he cares for us. I can roll those burdens off of myself and roll those onto him. You're not going to overburden him. In fact, Jesus instructed us to take his burden for his yoke is easy and his burden is light. Can you imagine. Being yoked in that way to the savior coming your way, casting all your cares on him, knowing that he cares for us. Lord, I know there's a lot of uncertainty. There's a lot of chaos going on around me, but there's one thing I, I trust and delight in is that you are faithful and I can commit these things to you doing this. Is Excel is itself an act of faith and trust. When we roll our cares on to him, you know what you're doing? You're demonstrating the confidence that God will act on your behalf. God is a debtor to know, man. God is a debtor to no man. You will not roll anything over on him. That he is not able to handle and that he will not in some way, fulfill this promise to you to give you the desires of your heart. Psalm is, goes on in verse six to accentuate even further God's actions towards the godly. Listen to these beautiful words as we trust, as we delight. As we commit, he says he will bring forth your righteousness as the light and your justice. As the noon day, the godly, the righteous people are to leave their vindication to God in contrast to the evil and wrongdoings of the ungodly, which God will expose. And ultimately judge the righteousness and justices of the godly will shine and be known to all. I read it to you in my opening Texas morning in Matthew chapter five, that men might see your good works and do what glorify your father, who is in heaven. He will cause your righteousness to shine. Your justice to shine for others to see verse seven, another imperative be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him. You want to be still means if I were to say, just be still, it was a, it would mean, or would imply in this context to arrest. Rest, the antithesis of anxiousness is stillness is simply resting in him. Now I want you to hear this because I want you to make sure you understand this. It doesn't necessarily mean. Inactivity, because we were told to do that, which is good. And to continue doing that, which is good. So that's not a contradiction of suddenly now we're being we're. At one point, we were told to do that, which is good. And now we're being told to do nothing as a sensory become inactive. That's not the point at all. It is rather a disposition of our soul. We are to be about our business. So to say, but with a calm, that gives evidence to our trust. We go on doing, as I said earlier, what we know we should be doing, what is the right thing to do? And we do it calmly, which is itself evidence of our trust and confidence in him. As we rest in him. And that's a good thing for us to ask ourselves this morning in the light of where we are in the light of all that is going on. Am I resting in him? Am I really resting in him? Not only do we rest in him, we also were instructed here to wait for him. God. Is not oblivious to what is happening around us. I've often said to others and gotten a smile from them. I said, become, I promise you that God is not in heaven, wringing his hands and wiping his brow. Wondering what in the world is going to do about all this. He has it all under control. He is not only sovereign over all things. But he works providential in all things, all things are happening. According to his decreed, eternal will, before he laid the foundation of the world. Rest in that close your eyes tonight when all the chaos and confusion has pressed on you this day and say, God, I rest in you. You have everything under control. He is at work, even though we may not immediately see it. What does that go back to? It goes back to our trust in him. We patiently anticipate his fulfilling. All he has promised and he will verse seven repeats the negative imperative to fret, not even if the wicked seem to prosper in their way or in carrying out evil devices. God will, as we've already, already pointed out, deal effectively with the ungodly, this we can be assured of the converse state yet another imperative. Given to us in the positive, he says refrain from anger and forsake wrath. This is the last of the negative impairments. I've said it's positive, negative imperative. It is a warning to the godly to not be tempted by the prosperity and success of the wicked to sinful anger. We'll look at and may, even at this time, be looking at what appears to be the advance of evil, the success of Eagle, evil, the prosperity of evil and find ourselves becoming angry. As I addressed that while ago, there is a righteous indignation and anger that is directed towards the things that stand in opposition to God. But if one is not careful such well intended anger or disdain can indeed turn sinful because we are sinful creatures. The anger of the Psalmus has in mind here is an unrighteous anger, which as the verse, clearly States may result in us seeking to execute some type of wrath. We want to take things into our own hands. I don't need to tell you that's not our place, right? If we truly trust, if we delight, if we commit, if we are resting in him, we know that God has all things under control. Even the end of all of this is in his purpose. It may also be the case. The Psalmist has a mind here, the danger of facing the godly. To be angry with God's Providence at, during the gallon, he might be facing to be angry with God over his Providence, even questioning God, why are you allowing this? Why, why is this happening? One may not like the way God does things and might try to take things into their own hands, to their own hands. And church, we are not as believers to do that. This is what we, as the godly are to refrain from. As we saw earlier, this is where the Psalm is transitions to inform his readers of the end of the wicked and the wrongdoings. But there's something else we see beautifully. This is kind of how we'll sum up this morning. There's something else we see beautifully intermingled with. God's dealing with a wicked, don't miss this. We see God's dealing with the righteous. Okay. I might read of God's dealing with the wicked and in some sense, rest in that God is not oblivious that God's going to deal with this and is in his own way, in his own time. And let that rest, but I want to give my primary attention to how God deals with the righteous, how he deals with us, who are he is look at the verses that addressed that good verse nine B the second part of verse nine. Those who wait for the Lord. Shall inherit the land just a few moments ago. Brandon read for us in Ephesians chapter one in regards to our inheritance. Of course in the context of David's writing this particular Psalm, there is an inheritance of a physical land, perhaps that you're speaking of, but this is a spiritual application here as well, just as Jesus gave that application in his sermon on the mountain. When he gave us the beatitudes, blessed are the meek inherit the earth. There's an arrogance. There is a reward for those who wait on the Lord. Those who are humbled before the Lord, those who are the meek before the Lord, they will inherit the land church. There is an inheritance coming, and while we might, on one hand anticipate God's dealing with the unrighteous, we're in a greater measure to anticipate in wonderfully the inheritance set of Wade sauce. If God could, just for a moment, I don't know that we could handle this if God were just for a moment to roll the scales from our eyes and just give us a quick brief glimpse of what it is that wait for us. I'm not so sure that we wouldn't immediately line up and want to get out of here. So we could enter into that. There is an inheritance waiting for those. Who wait on the Lord. There is a reward verse 11. You said meek will inherit the land. There it is again, and delight themselves in abundant peace. So as we wait for the Lord, walk in humility and true maintenance as we delight ourselves in him, guess what the result is. An abundant peace, an abundant peace Lord. If any, if any, if there's any place, the world should be able to look now and find peace. Is it not us? And sadly, that's not true. In many cases, we find ourselves if we are not careful, just as anxious as they are just as unsettled and disquieted as they are, they should be able to, at this point to look at us and say, they are a people of great peace. What is a source Christian of your piece? They might ask you. It is the Lord. I have delighted myself and him. I have trusted him. I've committed my ways to him. I have I'm waiting on him. Verse 18. The heritage of the blameless will remain forever. How that contrast to the end of the wicked. Think about the terminology spoken to them. They're cut off. They're no more they're here and they're gone. You'll look for them and can't find them. You wonder where they went and they're nowhere to be found. Not. So for you. In fact, Psalm one tells us that the unrighteous will not stand in the congregation of the righteous. The samosas, someone tells us they are like chaff blown by the wind here one moment. And what gone the next. And yet who stands? The righteous, the righteous, they stand forever. Verse 22, the blessed, those blessed by the Lord shall inherit the land. Third time verse 23, his steps, his ways are established by the Lord who is leading us. Who is directing us, who is ordering our steps as we trust, as we delight, as we commit, as we rest and wait on the Lord, God is doing something. He is ordering our steps. The steps of the righteous man are indeed ordered by the Lord. Stablish by him. Verse 24, though, he fall, we may stumble. Though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong. In other words, guess what? It is not permanent. Our stumbling, our falling is not permanent. Why for the Lord, the Psalm has tells us upholds his hand. In other words, the Lord will not let the trials that we face. Overcome us or destroy us. He is always with us. God has not forsaken us. God is not walked away from us. God has not turned his back on us. God is with us. He has taken our hand. He has ordered our steps. And though we may stumble, we will not fall permanently verse 28 says exactly that very thing. The Lord will not forsake his saints. When does that, when is the last time church, has that filled your prayers? Has that been a part of your prayer? When you have voiced those words to God, father, I know you do not forsake the righteous, you in fact, preserve them forever and then saver the depth and the beauty of that preservation. That God provides us. He preserves us. We will persevere because he preserves reserved forever. Verse 39. The Lord saves the righteous by his own doing it's not our own doing. It's not our own doing it's by his own doing. That goes all the way back to the very first positive imperative to trust him. Don't trust in yourself. In fact, the Proverbs writer in Proverbs three tells us that we are to the truck we are to trust in the Lord. And then what he gives us a if do not lean on our own understanding, but in all our ways acknowledge him and he will direct our pants. So it's not us directing ourselves. It has God preserving us is an act of his own doing. And then in verse 40, the Lord helps them and delivers them. He delivers them from the wicked and saves him what a beautiful way to close that Psalm with the certainty and assurance of God's preservation, that God will preserve us, that God will deliver us. No though the wicked would raise their swords to the strike us. We read earlier that their, their swords will Pierce their own hearts. Their arms will be cut off. There'll be stripped of their power as God delivers us. And he delivers them from the wicked, saves him, want a stark contrast between. God, ultimately the way God ultimately deals with the ungodly and the way he ultimately blesses the godly that's us this morning church, what tremendous encouragement in this day to enjoy that assurance as we face the challenges ahead of us. And we are very cognizant. The challenges may be great ahead of us. We must, church must keep in mind. Don't fret trust, delight, commit, and rest in the Lord. And that's where we'll find our soul is our comfort and our victory. Amen. Let's bow our heads and pray father, what rich exhortations you have provided us in the Psalm this morning, we are keenly aware of the seeming. And apparent prosperity of wickedness around us. And yet, if we're not careful, we can find ourselves being adversely negatively affected by that such that we lose our proper focus and perspective on things. And yet your word this morning has brought our focus back to where it really needs to be. I pray. And we will heed the counsel of your word that when the uncertainties pressing on us, when the chaos seems to rage around us will even further secure our moorings to Christ, holding tenaciously to him, to the truth of the word. Reminding ourselves of your incessant care for us and that in the end, we will stand because you stand overall things. Might we live our lives to your, to your glory. And to this end in Jesus name. Amen.