Thought for the Day

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Verse 30 – We might phrase this admonition as “Don’t start a fight without a reason.” Some people just love to argue.

Verse 31 – Sometimes it seems that oppressors are better off than those seeking to do what is right. However, Psalm 37:1-9 tells us not to envy such people or choose to follow their ways:

“Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.”

In time, the ungodly will perish, while those who wait upon the Lord and follow Him shall see the righteous desires of their hearts fulfilled.

Verse 32 – When the Bible speaks of a froward person, it refers to one who is crooked and perverse. It calls such people “an abomination to the Lord.” This verse tells us of an advantage the righteous have over the wicked – the Lord shares His secrets with them. He knows the secrets of all hearts. When we are walking in God’s will, the Holy Spirit will warn us if anyone tries to deceive us. This discernment will prevent us from being deceived by unscrupulous people and from becoming entangled with those who have wrong motives. 1 Corinthians 12:10 mentions this as the gift of “discerning of spirits.” God not only shares His knowledge, but His hidden thoughts and feelings with those who love Him. This is the wonderful privilege of knowing God! God blesses us in so many ways. This is another reason why we should praise our Lord every day!

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