每日诗歌: 沙漠中的讚美 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0cCdgdBfK8)
Psalm 36 [Read]
Psalm 37 [Read]
Acts 23: 1-11 [Read]
For people living in today’s industrial world, it’s difficult for us to understand the importance of owning a piece of land. In fact, many people would rather live in the city or a condo to avoid the hassle of mowing the lawn, raking the leaves, and taking care of the garden all year round. Land is not a very meaningful term to many of us.
But land is the most important thing for the people of Israel in the OT time. Ever since their ancestor Abraham came to Canaan, the land was the lifeline of the Israelites. In the patriarch period, they lived as nomads moving from place to place in Canaan in order to find pasture for their cattle and flocks. After conquering the land of Canaan as recorded in the book of Joshua, the nation of Israel gradually changed to a mixed society of agriculture and livestock. Both would be meaningless without the land. In fact, the promise God gave them was extremely gracious and attractive because it involved a piece of land, the Promised Land.
Therefore, when the psalmist repeatedly assured the readers that they would “inherit the land” (37:9, 11, 22, 29, 34), he was proclaiming a huge blessing promised by God. The main theme of psalm 37 was the different endings between the righteous and the wicked, and the psalmist stressed that, at the end, the righteous would be rewarded by God through the inheritance of land. “Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong” (37:1). This is only possible when we hold on to the promise: “the righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it forever” (37:29).
“The meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace” (37:11). Our Lord reassured us about this in his Sermon on the Mount “blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth/land” (Mt 5:5). Meek does not mean weak or lack of power. On the contrary, it means great power with restraint and self-control. Only those who are mature and secure can truly be meek, and the meek will receive the final reward from the Lord. Therefore, inheriting the land requires us to set our mind on the things above (Col 3:2), to have spiritual depth of insight (Phi 1:9), and to fix our eyes on eternity (2Co 4:18). Inherit the land requires us to be mature Christians, and only mature Christians may enjoy the great peace promised in this beautiful psalm.
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