TOPIC: The Fate of the Wicked and Reward of the Righteous
OPENING PRAYER: Open my eyes O Lord that I might behold wondrous things from your word in Jesus name.
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 37.1‐21
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION
• Is there any promise for me to believe or hope for?
• Is there any warning for me to heed?
SU Daily Guide 30th December 2022 Devotional Message
David here continues to reflect on the way of the wicked as opposed to the attitude of the righteous towards God. Often, when we see the wicked succeed, we struggle and wonder why God allows such injustice. We ask, how long things will go on like this and why does the Lord fail to stop them? What is David’s response to that in vs.2,8‐9?
In today’s world, where the focus is on money and power, we should guard ourselves against the accumulation of riches. “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth” (Matthew 6:19‐20), but on the contrary, we should, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33). God promises to reward us if we delight and trust in Him (v.4).
Delighting in the Lord and making Him our ultimate satisfaction leads to peace and fulfilment and is the key to a happy and satisfying (satisfied) life. The Lord protects and upholds the righteous while He thwarts the intents of the wicked (vs.12‐13).
We see the ultimate fate of the wicked: their evil schemes against the righteous will turn back on (against) them (vs.14‐15) and in the end, they will perish.
FOR FURTHER STUDY
Meditate on Psalm 73 written by Asaph that reflects the same thoughts as David’s.
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
• Lord, please keep me trusting in you no matter what comes my way and whatever is happening around me.
Offer a prayer of faith in line with 2 Samuel 22:17
ONE YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
1 Corinthians 15; Revelation 18‐20.
Scripture Union Daily Guide 30th December 2022. Scripture Union is an international, interdenominational, evangelical Christian organization. It was founded in 1867, and works in partnership with individuals and churches across the world. The organization’s stated aim is to use the Bible to inspire children, young people and adults to know God.
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