Issue #658 ~ April 5, 2021

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The Wicked Shall Perish
"that though the wicked spring up like grass and all evildoers flourish, they will be forever destroyed."
Psalm 92:7
"But you, O Lord, are exalted forever."
Psalm 92:8
Verse 7: "that though the wicked spring up like grass and all evildoers flourish, they will be forever destroyed."

Back in verse 6 we had "The senseless man" and "fools."

Psalm 37:1-2: "Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away" (NIV).

In the verses of Psalm 37 the Lord tells us what we need to do. Psalm 37:3 -5: "Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this" (NIV).

Psalm 1:4 - 6: "Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish" (NIV).

Verse 8: "But you, O Lord, are exalted forever."

Here we have another one of those Blessed But's. The contrast between the "senseless man," "fools," "the wicked," and "evildoers": "But you, O Lord, are exalted forever."

Lord, You are the eternal One. This verse happens to be the center verse of the Psalm. We had 7 verses before. We will now have 7 more following this verse. This is the key thought to the whole Psalm: "you, O Lord, are exalted forever." It's all about the Lord! We need to get off the throne of our lives and resign control and turn it all over to Him.

Isaiah 57:15: "For this is what the high and lofty One says - he who lives forever, whose name is holy: 'I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite'" (NIV).

What joy and confidence wells up in our hearts when we realize in the winter of ours lives, there is a faithful God who is reigning forever.

2 Peter 3:9: "The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance" (NASB).

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Praises & Prayer Requests

1.  Pray: Rescue me, O Lord, from evil men; protect me from men of violence, who devise evil plans in their hearts and stir up war every day.
Psalm 140:1, 2 (NIV)
2.  Pray: Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!' Matthew 7:23 (NIV)
3.  Praise: I will exalt you, O Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. O Lord my God, I called to you for help and you healed me. Psalm 30:1, 2 (NIV)
4.  Pray: And Mary said: "My soul exalts the Lord, And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior." Luke 1:46, 47 (NASB)
5.  Praise: Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, Philippians 2:9 (NASB)
I think it would be good for us this morning to conclude our meditation on the destiny of the wicked to sing that song "The Savior Is Waiting":
The Savior is waiting to enter your heart;
Why don't you let Him come in?
There's nothing in this world to keep you apart,
What is your answer to Him?

If you'll take one step t'ward the Savior, my friend;
You'll find His arms open wide.
Receive Him and all of your darkness will end,
Within your heart He'll abide.
Time after time, He has waited before,
And now He is waiting again.
To see if you're willing to open the door,
Oh, how He wants to come in.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) 

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