“Will those who do evil never learn? They eat up my people like bread and wouldn’t think of praying to the Lord. Terror will grip them, for God is with those who obey him. The wicked frustrate the plans of the oppressed, but the Lord will protect his people.”
Psalms 14:4-6 NLT
Do you ever feel this way too? We can identify with David, can't we? This is what makes the Psalms so relative to us. Sometimes, when I look around, I feel heavy in my spirit as I observe and consider the wickedness that surrounds us. When I'm stopped at a traffic light and I hear a loud, rumbling sound coming from the sound system of the car next to me and a child strapped into the car seat in the back seat who is exposed to its deafening effects. When I hear the vulgar, law defiant lyrics from the "song" that is being played and sung by a supposed "musical artist". When I hear the filthy language flowing like a sewer from the mouth of a young mother that is supposed to be a role model for her children. When I observe the spoiled adult that looses his temper over a burger that wasn't prepared correctly at the local fast food outlet. By the way, he's wearing a shirt that has Jesus name on it. Go figure! Let's face it, wickedness is all around us. The consolation in all of this is the presence of God. Yes, in the midst of the darkness, there is a light. Jesus is that light. We, His children, are to be His representatives. May I ask a few questions? How do you live? Are you caught up in the culture or are you caught up in Christ? We cannot expect the world to be impacted by our faith if we don't live it out. Profession of faith is one thing. Practicing it is where the rubber meets the road. Let us resolve to live out our faith in the midst of a perverse generation. God is with us. He will protect the cause of the righteous!
Prayer for today: Father, in Jesus name, forgive me for getting caught up in the culture. Help me live my life in a manner that pleases you. Let Your light shine through me in this dark world. This I pray to the glory of Your One and only begotten Son, Jesus!!! Amen!
Rev. Curtis Norris