From Psalm 37
Hope from Today's Reading:
"The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; he is their stronghold in the time of trouble. The Lord helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because ..." (Psalm 37:39-40 ESV)
I deliberately cut off the end of verse 40, and I'm wondering what you're putting in that blank. If you're like me, you're quickly jumping to something like "because they are righteous."But we're wrong.
The verse says, "The Lord helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him."
Does it matter if we're righteous? Absolutely. But verse 6 of this psalm reminds us, "He will bring forth your righteousness as the light" (v. 6). In other words, our righteousness is given to us by the Lord, like each day's sunrise. The reason, then, He helps, delivers, and saves us is not because we've performed some right formula of righteous things. But because we've taken refuge in Him—we've trusted (v. 3), delighted in (v. 4), and committed ourselves to Him (v. 5).
To put it simply, if you desire the Lord to save you, say yes to Him—to His path and plan for your life, spelled out in His Word—and trust that from day one (not when you have it all figured out) of taking refuge in Him, He is looking after you, and "though [you] fall, [you] shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds [your] hand" (v. 24).