It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
and your faithfulness by night,
to the music of the lute and the harp,
to the melody of the lyre.
For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;
at the works of your hands I sing for joy.
How great are your works, O Lord!
Your thoughts are very deep!
The stupid man cannot know;
the fool cannot understand this:
that though the wicked sprout like grass
and all evildoers flourish,
they are doomed to destruction forever;
but you, O Lord, are on high forever.
For behold, your enemies, O Lord,
for behold, your enemies shall perish;
all evildoers shall be scattered. Psalm 92:1-9 ESV
The fear of the Lord prolongs life,
but the years of the wicked will be short.
The hope of the righteous brings joy,
but the expectation of the wicked will perish.
The way of the Lord is a stronghold to the blameless,
but destruction to evildoers.
The righteous will never be removed,
but the wicked will not dwell in the land. Proverbs 10:27-30 ESV
There’s a story about two neighbors, an ant and a grasshopper. The ant was busy and worked hard all summer, gathering and storing food for the winter ahead. The grasshopper played and danced and made music all day. He laughed at the ant for working so hard. There was plenty of food to eat, so why should he worry about winter? But when the winter came and it became very cold and all the plants died or stopped producing food, the ant had plenty to eat, but the grasshopper starved because he hadn’t stored anything. The fun he had had in the summer didn’t last very long. The ant was really the wise one.
Psalm 92 starts by praising God for his goodness and faithfulness and all his works. Then it talks about people who laugh at God’s ways and want to go their own way. They think that they are having more fun than God’s people are because they don’t have to worry about or follow his laws. But this psalm calls such people foolish. Like the grasshopper, they only have happiness for a short time. If they keep turning away from God, in the end God will turn away from them and they will be separated from him forever. But people who follow God’s ways, even if they have hard work and sorrow, will be with God now and forever, and they will always have the joy that comes with being God’s people.
When Jesus came to be our Savior, people who didn’t want to follow God’s ways hated him and gathered their forces against him. When they put Jesus on the cross, it seemed as if they had won. They were happy because they had gotten rid of Jesus. But their happiness only lasted a short time. Three days later Jesus came out of the grave, and now he is alive forever. Because of what Jesus did for us, we can be happy to follow his ways. We know our sins are forgiven and that we have life with him forever.
Dear Jesus, thank you for your wonderful goodness and faithfulness to us. Please keep us close to you always. Amen.