January 27

Who has performed and done it, calling the generations from the beginning?  I, the Lord, am the first; and with the last I am He.  Isaiah 41:4.

The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ – He is Lord of all.  Acts 10:36.

In the Bible study group that I am part of, we are studying the Psalms. Most every day, one of our members emails us a verse which she has received from one of the devotional programs online.  This verse came to us one day last week.  “Get insurance with God and do a good deed, settle down and stick to your last, get in on the best.”  Psalm 37:4.  This came from an interpretation of the Bible entitled The Message. The author of this Bible interpretation is Eugene Peterson, a Presbyterian minister, theologian, poet and author who died in 2018.

I had never heard of or read this book, but I like the contemporary language in this verse. “Insurance with God”, a different way to put it.  We usually think of insurance in financial terms, something we pay for which will repay us in auto crashes or illness or death.  But all we have to do to receive God’s insurance is to believe in his promises. And we know that insurance is protection.

“Do a good deed.” God’s love in our hearts helps us to want to help others and to keep doing good until the end of our lives.
“Get in on the best.”  Does that mean that with God we will realize the desires of our hearts, that God will give us anything we want because He wants us to be happy?  I think there is a deeper meaning.  The “best” for us is what God wants for us and He puts that into our hearts.

Whatever bible translation we read, there is much to be learned.  God means for us to know and love him deeply. 

Dear God of all, give us eyes to see and ears to hear.  Thank you for David and the other writers of the Psalms who have given to us beauty and meaning in their written words and for theologians who have helped us to discern your truth.  Amen.

Joan Perlich