Psalm 62 is such a great reminder to me of what God does when I wait for and depend on Him. Verse 3 says, “So many enemies against one man - all of them trying to kill me. To them I’m just a broken-down wall or a tottering fence.” When I apply this to my life, I see the ‘enemies’ as the many sins this world has twisted and stretched to make acceptable. Truth has become what is relevant instead of God’s written word. It’s so easy for me to fall into this trap and be deceived as well. It leaves me constantly pondering, what is sin?
The sins of today aren’t exactly described in detail in the bible. Our worlds, then and now, look very different. When I take the time to really consider the situation in question though, it almost always comes back to simple truth. It just takes time and discipline to ask, “What would Jesus think about this decision? What would He do in this situation?”
The answer to ‘What would Jesus do?” isn’t always an easy one. He was direct and sometimes harsh with the Pharisee’s in their quest for truth because they asked with impure motives. They wanted to put themselves righteous above others or in a position to exert power. They weren’t interested in pleasing God. Jesus, however, gave generous amounts of grace and mercy to the many sinners He associated with. He regularly hung out with sinners, prostitutes and thieves and extended them grace as well as truth.
So, how do I live in that world today? How do I associate with the sinners of today that have twisted the truth in such a way that they don’t believe what they do is sin? The world tells them they are not sinners. How do I act like Jesus in these situations? How do I love and speak truth at the same time?
This verse today helps me as I wait and pray for answers. 7-8, “My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me. O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.” I still don’t know the answer. But I do know I don’t want to act like a Pharisee. I want to try to act like Jesus. I also know that when I stay grounded in my relationship, God is a steady rock I can hold onto. When I stay close, the answers come easier.
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