Words from the Heart for Sunday May 26th, 2019
For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.
Psalm 1:6 (NIV)
The Way of the Righteous
An article in the Canadian Jewish News explores why non-Jewish people – many of them Christians – put their lives on the line to protect European Jews during the Holocaust. Known as the Righteous Among the Gentiles, more than 26,000 people have been granted that honour. According to Otto Springer, who was recognized as a Righteous Among the Gentiles on May 19, 1986, “The hand of compassion was faster than the calculus of reason.”
“I would do it all again.” Edeltrud Posiles uttered these words in 2011, when she was the last surviving Righteous Gentile who had hid Jews in Nazi Austria.
The book of Psalms begins with a clear distinction between the righteous and the wicked. One leads to blessing and the other to destruction. The difference is very clear throughout the Psalm and particularly Psalm 1:6: “For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.” King David was a man after God’s own heart and he led his people in righteousness. Israel would soon enough forget this principle. They would often turn their hearts from the Lord and destruction would follow. If they had only remembered the truth of what David had taught here. We need to remember it too. When we come to Jesus by faith, His righteousness fills our lives. And we have the assurance that the Lord will be watching over us. What a blessing to know that Jesus not only gives us the gift of eternal life, but the promise of His ongoing presence and care for us. If you belong to Jesus, you have the assurance that the Lord is watching over you.
These have been words from the heart.