Psalms 37: 3
Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
I am reading a book that I have read twice before, based on the book of Hosea.
Many who have read this prophetic book know that the prophet Hosea, was told by God to marry a prostitute who chose many times to go back to the dark world of prostitution and to slavery to sin. Hosea chose time after time to go and redeem his wife, even once, buying her back! As I think of the reality of living this life of suffering, which he must have endured, my mind than turns to her. Why didn’t she stay? Why didn’t she embrace the safe and trusted arms of her husband? What made her go back to a world of sin and sorrow? Something which Paul would say “ I am now ashamed of.”
This morning I was drawn to Psalms 37 for the 3rd day in a row. However verse 3 was the one that stood out to me, in the bible which I was reading at the time, it was worded like this, “Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.”
Wow, why do we need to be told to dwell in the “safe” areas? This blows my mind! And yet, this is so like our wandering hearts! We run off to our old way of thinking, our old way of doing things, get beat up, bloody, and scarred and than say, “YES, Give me more!” Insane!
In Romans 7 Paul says that we do the things we don’t want to do, and the things which we want to do, we do not do… we are conflicted beings who must, MUST stay close to our Saviour so that He can gently prod us back to His arms, to dwell safely, and to never long to leave!