Meridian Star


May 17, 2014

From the Shepherd’s Heart

MERIDIAN —     The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way.

Though he falls, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the LORD upholds him with His hand.  — Psalm 37:23-24

This week our community has experienced an unusual amount of violence. With the increase of violence, good people are searching for guidance on how they should live. Psalm 37 is a great scripture to read regarding wicked people and how good people should act.

    Our natural tendency is to react! The problem with reactions is we tend to overreact and create a greater issue than before. This psalm lets us know that good people do not need to live in reaction, but live with purpose.

    I encourage everyone to read at least the first eleven verses. In them, look for the suggestions made to good people who face wickedness in their world. Among the commands are:

    “Trust in the Lord, and do good”

    “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart”

    “Commit our way to the Lord”

    “Cease from anger and forsake wrath”

    “Do not fret” is mentioned three times

    What we read in these verses is that wicked times require good people to focus more on the relationship they have with the Lord.

    This article focuses on verses 23-24. Notice a few points:

    1. The focus is on a good man. A good man is someone with superior spiritual maturity. He has been through other battles and is more deliberate in his responses. He is considered good because he is consistent with what God desires.

    2. A good man’s steps are ordered by God. A good man never moves outside the supervision and direction of God. A good man remains under the command of his Lord.

    3. A good man delights in God’s way. To delight is to be pleased. A good man is pleased to live God’s way.

    4. A good man is confident in his future. Though he will stumble (no one is perfect),

    He knows the Lord will continue to see him through the current evil he meets.

    As you determine how you respond to these wicked times, realize that our focus is not so much  on handling the wicked, as handling ourselves. The good person lives a life of purpose, not reaction. Do what God wants you to do and it all will end well.

    Dr. John A. Temple is pastor of Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church, located at 4032 Poplar Springs Drive in Meridian. Visit the church website online at www.

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