Psalms 36, 37, 38; John 12:1-26

It is better to be godly and have little
than to be evil and rich.
For the strength of the wicked will be shattered,
but the Lord takes care of the godly. Psalm 37:16-17

I wonder what comes to mind for some when they hear the word godly. Perfection? (I’m not.) Better than others? (Um. Not me, either.) Super holy? (Sinner, here.) Maybe looking into my life some days wouldn’t impress another: laundry mound to be folded; crumb pile in the corner to clean up; nerves fraying at the 50th “hey mama?”; Barbie accessories like landmines on the floor, piercing my feet … not to leave out annoyance, occasional scowling, impatience. Oh, help me if godly is having it all together: the house, the kids, the relationships, the yard, the answers … in the name of Jesus.

Maybe godly is the state of seeking God. Looking for God when you are on the verge of collapse: like David, afflicted and in despair to the point even loved ones and friends stayed away, afraid to catch his disease (check out psalm 38). David was a man known for having a heart for God. He was not a guy for whom everything went right–he cries to God often at very low times in his life. But his thinking–while acknowledging his sin, his trials, his worries–points to God. And though a king, he did not have it all together: the marriages, the kids, the answers … but he knew where to turn for help.

The Lord directs the steps of the godly.
He delights in every detail of their lives.
 Though they stumble, they will never fall,
for the Lord holds them by the hand. Psalm 37:23-24

In my day-to-day dealings, Lord, I hope to find myself (more often than not) seeking you. The psalms speak of trusting you, delighting in you, committing everything to you, being still in your presence. They declare your unfailing love, faithfulness, righteousness, and justice.

How precious is your unfailing love, O God!
All humanity finds shelter
in the shadow of your wings.
You feed them from the abundance of your own house,
letting them drink from your river of delights.
For you are the fountain of life,
the light by which we see. Psalm 36:7-9

Thank you for giving and loving so completely.

Courtney (66books365)

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4 responses to “Psalms 36, 37, 38; John 12:1-26

  1. Delight. That was the word that stuck out for me today. Perfection? No.
    I am right there with you. A Mom’s life, of course, is about dealing with imperfections and ameliorating them for her family. You have such a beautiful way with words and images. Loves the Barbie accessories stabbing your feet.

  2. kathy (klueh)

    Delight is what stuck out to me too. I especially like that phrase about “drinking from the river of delight.” Kind of hard to believe that God takes such lavish delight in us in the midst of our craziness, neediness and chaos. Seems too good to be true but He’s serious!!! Great post Courtney.

  3. Delight was a big word for me too. It’s amazing that we can delight ourselves in the Lord and he delights in us! Even more that he delights in every detail. Wow! Every detail (makes me love those walnut trees and the captain’s bell so much more–for he delighted so in those details).

    Perfection didn’t pop out at me, but when I think of godly people, I have somehow imagined them as flawless. Today’s reading got me me thinking that godly isn’t a matter of accomplishment, but a focused target: God.

  4. kathy (klueh)

    I like your take on godliness too. If it means perfection then I am out of the running. If it’s the desire for God then He’s got me.

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