PRESENT CHOICES determines FUTURE REWARDS
June 11 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 32-37
"Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; but he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him. Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!" (Psalms 32:10-11)
Psalm 32 expresses the joy and relief David felt when God forgave him for his sin with Bathsheba. This psalm describes the blessedness of forgiveness and includes the happiness of the forgiven man (vv. 1, 2), the physical and psychological effects of unconfessed sin (vv. 3, 4), and the simple remedy of confession to obtain God’s forgiveness (v. 5). On this basis David can experience prayer (vv. 6, 7), divine instruction (vv. 8, 9), and personal witness (vv. 10, 11).
As far as the personal witness that David had obtained, the righteous man has a big edge over the wicked. In fact, there is no comparison between the righteous and wicked. Many sorrows are the heritage of the wicked. But the humble believer is surrounded by the mercy of the Lord. So it is only fitting that the righteous should be glad in the Lord and should shout for joy!
This is not to say that the righteous will never have trouble, but by God’s gracious provision, they will come through the trouble in triumph. "Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all." (Psalms 34:19) In fact, our Lord Jesus has promised us that we will have tribulations in our lives but we need to be cheerful through our ordeals. "In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).
Let us clearly understand that our present choices determine our future rewards! Every day we must choose either to suffer the pain of discipline now or to suffer the pain of regret later. In our lives, short-term pain is often the only path for long-term gain. Either we should be prepared for the challenges that we face every day by the grace of God or, we will be haunted by the “what-ifs”, “if-only” or “I-should-haves” that accompany our failures in the future. This is the pain of regret which looks back at our choices and then feels the pain of our failures. Let us be wise and understanding as we make choices every day!