Psalms 36-38

Today’s reading from Psalms is Psalms 36-38.

Today’s Psalms encourage us to look to the Lord not to those who do evil. There is a world of evildoers around us; sometimes they even target us as the victims of their evil. David, who experienced this more than most believers, reminded himself of the Lord’s love, his faithfulness, and his justice (36:5-7) when he was afraid of those who meant to do him harm.

The truth of the matter, though, is that we are not innocent of evil ourselves. The difference between the believer and the unbeliever is not the presence or absence of sin. The difference is whether you are trusting in the Lord or not. David acknowledged that we who love the Lord sometimes fail to follow him well; in 37:23-24 he wrote, “The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.”

Did sin get the better of you this week? Are you feeling threatened by the sinfulness of others or discouraged by your own failures? Look to the Lord and call on him to sustain your faith with his faithfulness. Stumbling is part of the life of faith and will be until God has completed perfecting us. But don’t lose heart! The Lord will sustain you and establish your steps if you love him and look to him in faith.