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Psalm 37 is the New Offense


In the previous edition, “Goodbye Anger,” I introduced Psalm 37 as a new offense to run against anger. What is the main element that produces anger? Evil. One word that describes what we face on this earth. ¬†Evil comes in many forms including gossip, greed, jealousy, selfishness, self-righteousness, lying, and pride, to name a few. ¬†Evil is a disease that no one is immune too. Evil attacks the heart, mind, and mouth. The war that we think is with people is really against evil. Evil, itself opposes all that we are created for.
We are a good work. We were created to do good things. We were made to love. We trust that other people will do the same. When that trust is violated, evil enters.

Sometimes, evil enters our lives by invitation. We let evil into our homes and hearts consciously thinking that we can stop evil before it becomes a problem. On many occasions, evil appears to us masked as a solution. At other times, we do not even see evil coming right at us.

We fail to realize that evil always has a plan to keep the evil going. It gets passed from one person, to the next person, and then the next person. Evil is generational. Evil has an end game- death. Death of someone we love, death of our spirit, death of our family, death of our job, death of our friendships, and death of our future.

Since we are not running an offense against evil, when we encounter hints of or even full-blown evil, we respond with defense. On the defensive side there is thoughts of anger, hate, revenge, destruction, and murder. This defense keeps evil alive and prospering.

We have to understand that evil has no chance of winning no matter how many people it affects. Psalm 37 makes it clear that evil and being wicked are synonymous and actually have no lasting power:

The wicked will soon wither away. (V. 1)
The wicked will soon disappear. (V. 10)
Evil people have a day of judgment. (V. 13)
Evil people will stab their own hearts. (V. 15)
Evil’s power will be broken. (V. 17)
Evil will perish. (V. 20)
Evil people will be destroyed. (V. 38)

Evil is a losing opponent. However, since there are so many evil participants, willing and unwilling, the game continues.

If we look at Psalm 37, we can see there’s a manageable offense that we can run against the evil. This offense consists of changing our perspectives. Offensively, Psalm 37 instructs us to:

Trust in the Lord and do good (V. 3)
Delight yourself in the Lord (V. 4)
Commit your way to the Lord (V. 5)
Be still and wait patiently for the Lord to act (V. 7)
Stop being angry, turn from your rage, do not lose your temper (V. 8)
Turn from evil and do good (V. 27)
Offer good counsel and teach right from wrong (V. 30)
Wait for the Lord and keep his way (V. 34)

When you encounter people with their evil eyes, evil words, and evil ways- save your breath and keep it moving. The Lord will handle it if you put your trust in him. That is how you will keep your peace and score for the winning team in this game of life.

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