“They draw nigh that follow after mischief: they are far from thy law.” (Psalms 119:150)
After studying today’s verse, I thought about two things:
1. The psalmist recognized evil was near.
2. The psalmist told God about it.
I had the opportunity to spend the entire day recently with an Amish lady. We ate breakfast, toured a Flea Market, had a lemonade and talked about everything from books to religion. Her perspective of life was so innocent and pure. I have to say it is one of the most unique and refreshing things I have ever experienced. She was so sweet and her demeanor was one that I enjoyed being around. Later when dropping her off by her house, I felt a tinge of sadness that we were going our separate ways. I had made a friend.
That is what is like to be near someone who is moral, chaste and kind. You want to stay around them and your life is bettered because your paths crossed.
There is a stark difference in enjoying the company of someone of like minds compared to spending time with someone who is constantly belittling you, tearing down your godly thoughts, and speaking of things the Bible tells us not to.
When you have been close to an evil person, you walk away feeling dirty, sad and even a little disgusted with yourself for having been around them. Right? These type of people are so miserable in their own sin and the lives they are leading FAR away from God that they want to drag you down with them.
Sometimes this type of person shows up in our lives under the guise of being a Christian friend. We MUST be aware that the enemy will stop at nothing in his efforts to destroy us and our testimony for the Lord.
The psalmist KNOWS and has recognized that such mischievous people are near him and coming after him with the idea of tearing him down. But he isn’t going to be a willing participant. He takes the situation to God the Father and talks it out.
Ask yourself, “What type of people are near me in my life right now?”
Do you have some people that are tempting you to things that are away from the Word?
You have a choice to make. Run to God or you will be running from Him.
Stay close in the Word and in the presence of the Lord so you will recognize those that seek nothing more than to do you harm. Ask God to help you and give you a way of escape. Look at what God’s Word tells us:
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” (Ephesians 6:10-18)
Until Next Time, Lord willing,