For the past several weeks we have walking through Psalm One, verse by verse. Today we will wrap up our little study of Psalm One by taking a closer look at verses five and six.
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There is a truth that we can all see plainly, whether we want to or not. The truth that I am referring to is the fact that the wicked so often DO prosper. The sinners often get ahead in this world. The scoffers often get their way.
What is the deal with that? If God is just, then this should not be!
But the truth that we so often fail to see clearly is the fact that the story is not finished yet.
Yes, the wicked prosper… for now.
Yes, the sinners get ahead… for now.
Yes, the scoffers get their way… for now.
But not forever.
One day every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (see Philippians 2:10-11).
Yes, the wicked stand tall and proud now, but they will not stand in the judgement. The sinners will neither stand nor sit in the congregation of the righteous on Judgement Day.
… the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.Psalm 1:5-6, ESV
God sees all. He knows all. The wicked may prosper now, in our eyes. The sinners may get ahead now, in our eyes. The scoffers may get their way now, in our eyes. But God sees all. He knows all. Everything is seen plainly in His sight. Truth, motive, intentions. He sees and knows all.
When we look out at the world with our eyes, we can be far too easily deceived, and become far too quickly disheartened.
Like Elisha’s servant, we may look out on this world and see that we are helpless and vastly outnumbered by our enemies. But rather than become overwhelmed, we should do what Elisha did… we should pray that God would open our eyes to see His truth. If we could see what God sees, we would know for certain that there are more fighting for us than against us! We would know without a doubt that our enemies are the ones who are vastly outnumbered (see 2 Kings 6:8-23).
Friend, don’t live your life for the here and now. Live your life in light of eternity! For those who seek God now, there awaits for us in heaven treasures beyond measure! In the words of the great 18th century theologian and evangelist, John Wesley, “I judge all things only by the price they shall gain in eternity.”