A Surplus of Peace

1   Don’t get upset over evildoers;
don’t be jealous of those who do wrong, 
2 because they will fade fast, like grass;
they will wither
like green vegetables. 
3 Trust the LORD and do good;
live in the land, and farm faithfulness. 
4 Enjoy the LORD,
and he will give what your heart asks. 
5 Commit your way to the LORD!
Trust him! He will act
6 and will make your righteousness
shine like the dawn,
your justice like high noon. 
7 Be still before the LORD,
and wait for him.
Don’t get upset when
someone gets ahead—
someone who invents evil schemes.

8    Let go of anger and leave rage behind!
Don’t get upset—it will only lead to evil. 
9 Because evildoers will be eliminated,
but those who hope in the LORD—
they will possess the land. 
10 In just a little while
the wicked won’t exist!
If you go looking around their place,
they won’t be there. 
11 But the weak will inherit the land;
they will enjoy a surplus of peace. 

Psalm 31:1-11

What events in your life cause you to be “upset” or “jealous” (vs. 1) and what are the responses and alternatives given in these verses? Listen for a specific invitation in them today.

Memory Verse – 
He makes me lie down in green pastures; 
he leads me beside still waters; 
3he restores my soul.

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