“Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him. Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!” (Psalm 32:10–11, NIV).
God teaches by His word, and the psalmist, David, gives a word of caution to sinners. The reason for this caution is this: the way of sin will certainly end in sorrow.
We live in a culture that, for most of humanity, has lost its awareness of sin and guilt. The media barrages us daily with messages that we can do whatever we want to do, regardless of the consequences. The principles of living a pure life, found in the Bible, are viewed as archaic and quaint. Unfortunately, this loss can also be observed in the church. In fact, out of concern for the seekers, some pastors preach only about grace. Sin has become a dirty word. Yet, how can we possibly understand what it means to be saved by the grace of Jesus if we don’t first recognize our desperate need for salvation?
In the psalm, David immediately follows up his word of caution with a word of comfort to all who trust in God: they will see that a life of trust in and obedience to God is by far the most pleasant life as “the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him.” This is a promise, dear sisters!
Will life sometimes bring grief? Yes. Will there be bumps and potholes in the road along the journey? Absolutely. But our Father’s unfailing love will surround us through it all. His arms will hold us tight, carrying us through the rough spots, then embrace us with a dance of joy in the good times. When we fail, if we sincerely repent, He will always forgive and restore.
The world at large may laugh at our commitment to chastity, abstinence, purity, kindness, goodness, self-control, peacefulness, gentleness, patience, and love. But we can rejoice and be glad. We can sing! Why? Because God, our Father, calls us righteous and upright in heart. Our Savior claims us as His very own treasure.
For this, Daughters of the King, REJOICE in the LORD!
Prayer: Let me rejoice, O Lord Jesus, in You, and in the joy and power of Your salvation. Thank You for Your unfailing love which surrounds me today and forever. Thank You for lifting me out of sin and making me a new creation in You. Thank You for the power of forgiveness that has restored me to You time and again. Help me to grow in You daily, to turn away from temptation, and to share Your gospel with everyone in need. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.