July 22 | Daily Devotion

Lectio Continua: a continuous reading of every verse

Lectio Semi-continua: shorter reading selections from the passages

Lectio Divina

“Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked; for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous.” ~Psalm 37:16-17

Update from Acts: The Apostle Paul was the most successful church planter of his time. His work in Gentile lands also resulted in many Jews coming to Christ, and now Jewish leaders are questioning him for “disturbing the peace” (Acts 23:1-11).

Psalm 36

We live in a sinful world. The wicked have no fear of God, they run their mouths nonstop, and they plot all kinds of evil. But wait! While man’s wickedness is great, God’s love is greater. His love reaches to the heavens, His faithfulness to the skies. This is language that speaks of transcendence. Evil may roam the earth, but God’s tenderness and loyalty rises above it all. So when we see (and feel) the world’s sinfulness surrounding us, let us remember that our God is greater. Since love and faithfulness are feelings that require action to make them true, we can expect that in time God will show His love, and the wicked will lie fallen unable to rise again (v. 12).

Psalm 37

The psalmist states the obvious: sometimes wicked people prosper. Take a look around you, and there’s no denying it. “I have seen a wicked and ruthless man flourishing like a green tree in its native soil” (v. 35). In that environment, it is all too easy to become disillusioned, even angry, and wonder, What’s the use in worshipping God?! However, the psalmist urges God’s people not to fret or become envious because the wicked do not prosper forever. Eventually, they get their due. “Like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away” (v. 2). While evil people are broken, the righteous are upheld (v. 17). So trust in the Lord and delight in Him. Soon, He will grant the desires of your heart! (v. 4).

Lectio Divina is written by F. Lionel Young III, who serves as the senior pastor of Calvary Church in Valparaiso, Indiana. He is the author of A New Kind of Missionary, a popular introduction to global Christianity.