Now before you get the Justin Bieber tune stuck in your head- today’s unpacking was a strange way God had me unpack a verse. At first glance I could not really figure out what God was showing me. So I read it through again a few more times …. Slowly…..
Deep in the hearts of the wicked a voice tells them to do wrong.They have no respect for God. They lie to themselves.They don’t see their own faults,so they are not sorry for what they do. Their words are wicked lies.They have stopped doing anything wise or good. They make wicked plans in bed at night.They choose a way of life that does no good.And they never say no to anything evil. Psalm 36:1-4 ERV
Unfortunately, we all know people like this first half of the verse is describing. Those that did us so wrong that we can’t even ever imagine forgiving or trusting them again.
That someone who blasts us full of nastiness and is in full blown denial of their own faults? Those who are continuing on choosing a life of no good, and never saying no to evil.
But before we throw the baby out with the bath water, we are reminded we should never say never because let’s look at the second half of this Psalm-
Lord, your faithful love reaches to the sky. Your faithfulness is as high as the clouds. Your goodness is higher than the highest mountains. Your fairness is deeper than the deepest ocean. Lord, you protect people and animals. Nothing is more precious than your loving kindness. All people can find protection close to you. They get strength from all the good things in your house. You let them drink from your wonderful river. The fountain of life flows from you. Your light lets us see light. Continue to love those who really know you,and do good to those who are true to you. ~Psalm 36:5-10 ERV
David is venting vertically to God about someone/s that evidentially did him pretty wrong. But…. see how he chooses to not stay focused on them that did him dirty, but instead now to focus on God.
See some of these words he uses to describe God…..
His light lets us see light
Continue to Love
As my dear friend Dianne says “That right there will sing!”
So before we ever say never- and write someone off-take that person/s to God. Release it all to God. Pray for them. Pray they will be able to say no to their evil ways. Trust God. Forgive and continue to love…. Even the unloveable.
We can never say never to what God calls us to do; and that is to Forgive. If God restores the relationship it is meant to be restored.
We are only faithful in doing what we need to do and trust Him to take care of the rest.
~XXOO Michelle Bollom