Verse 4 is one to ponder. We often blame God or someone else for loss in status, life, health, position. Verses 7-8 reiterate the message of Psalm 1. Write out verses 9 and 10 and place them on your fridge! The Glory of Worship and the Sabbath Day are other themes that challenge our attitudes.
This passage has some very basic (critically important) truths.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”
We are broken. You can’t get around it, you can’t think or act your way out of it.
“I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”
It’s the Lord God who sits over our hearts. He is the ultimate health monitor, and more, the judge and just King.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stram, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
It’s only in the Lord that our work has value, only through Him that we can bear fruit (as we see in His creation, an apple tree bearing apples).
* Father God, thank You that our sanctuary is the glorious throne set on high from the beginning.
A throne that You sit on, and reign as King from on high.
Mark us as Your people, please Lord God.
Thank You for Your love, Your grace and Your mercy.