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Will the Wicked Win?

Will the Wicked Win?

(Psalm 1; 14; 15; 36; 37; 39)


Safe Pasture

By Nickers and Ink

c2009

All rights reserved.


One of my favorite Scripture promises is found in 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.”

(Psalm 37:3-5, NIV)


Of course, we have likely all seen examples of folks taking this verse out of context and attempting to persuade the Lord to offer us our every whim. Perhaps we have used this strategy ourselves.


If the Lord doesn’t seem to be filling our every desire, could He be choosing to change our desires themselves? If we would only allow God to reshape our wills, might we find our desires aligning more with His?


"’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)


A Poetic Pleading


Continuing our celebration of our reading through the wonderful God-given Hebrew poetry of the Psalms, as well as National Poetry Month, today’s devotional entry offers a poetic prayer, based on our Scripture readings for the day.


How about trying your own hand at composing a psalm or poem to the Lord and post it on your own blog today? Be sure to leave a comment with a link to your own post.



Standish’s Seedling Fuchsia

by Joseph Paxton,

c1850


Will you pray with me?


Not Shaken, But Stirred


A question plagued me since my youth –

How worthless chaff established root

To stand and grow and bear its fruit,

Contagious evil absolute.

Yet beauty planted by Your hand,

Obeying fully Your command

May struggle, as if in quicksand,

Reaching skyward for homeland.

So evil prospers, even here,

As weeds advance, inciting fear.

It chokes out life and bends the ear.

At what point will it disappear?

As blossoms frail, we stretch and age,

Refusing to engage ill’s rage.

Our roots hold fast against rampage,

Forever planted in Truth’s page.

The world considers us absurd,

The weirdest ones that may be heard.

But we cling closely to Your Word

To be unshaken, only stirred.

Amen.



Posted for a variety of prompts:

AC (poem in iambic pentameter)

Easy Street Prompts (“fainthearted”)

One Single Impression (“word”)

Poetic Asides (April P.A.D. Challenge – poem about an event)

Read Write Poem (NaPoWriMo – “Let’s get metaphysical”)

Seek the Lord Sunday (Jeremiah 29:11)

Sunday Scribblings (“follow”)

Then Sings My Soul Saturdays (“something heavenly”)


Photo/s posted in response to these prompts:

Lens Day Challenge photo/s)

Odd Shots Monday (photo/s)

Scenic Sunday (photo/s)

Straight Out of the Camera (SOOC Sunday)

Thursday Challenge (photo/s)

Weekend Snapshot (photo/s)

Word-Filled Wednesday (photo/s and Bible verses)

Wordless Wednesday (any day – photo/s)


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12 comments:

  1. I've just discovered your site through the Titus 2 blogroll. I love your theme verse. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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  2. wonderful!! full of hope...i like your twist on shaken/stirred~~ you say it perfectly!

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  3. ps. your header Scripture verse has been my companion for a very long time...a wonderful inpsiration for writers

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  4. Oh, I thoroughly enjoyed this!

    Delight yourself in the Lord,
    And he will give you the desires of your heart.

    People often forget the first part, don't they? I've been guilty of that myself!

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  5. What a great reminder to trust in the Lord for He indeed know His plans for us which is to prosper and not harm us. What comforting words. Thanks! Have a great week ahead!

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  6. I really needed to read this right now, as being shaken, by my hormonally charged emotions which are creating havoc. This is such a huge 'why?' for me at the moment -
    Yet beauty planted by Your hand,

    Obeying fully Your command

    May struggle, as if in quicksand,

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  7. It hit me... it reminded instantly that I'm so bless.... God is always with you... God bless!

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  8. A very beautiful post. I think there are many posts on OSI that talk about the word and Word and God's word in a beautiful way.

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  9. I discovered your site through Sunday Scribblings a couple of weeks ago and really enjoy it. I started following immediately and read your posts daily. Very inspirational!

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  10. If people can see that the wicked is winning now well, that will not last long because in the end, the good will always prevail!

    I love that Jeremiah verse you include in this post -- this always reminds me that God is always there. He sees us and knows what's happening to us and He knows what's best for us. :)

    Happy Monday!

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