GOD’S GRACE AND MERCY AND JUSTICE IS FOR ALL! (PSALMS 1 AND 112 MSG)
How well God must like you— you do not hang out at Sin Saloon, you do not slink along Dead-End Road, you do not go to Smart-Mouth College.
Instead, you thrill to God’s Word;
you chew on Scripture day and night.
You are a tree replanted in Eden,
bearing fresh fruit every month,
never dropping a leaf,
always in blossom.
You are not at all like the wicked,
who are mere windblown dust—
without defense in court,
unfit company for innocent people.
God charts the road you take.
The road they take is Skid Row.
Hallelujah! Blessed man, blessed woman, who fear God,
Who cherish and relish his commandments,
their children robust on the earth,
and the homes of the upright—how blessed!
Their houses brim with wealth
and a generosity that never runs dry.
Sunrise breaks through the darkness for good people—
God’s grace and mercy and justice!
The good person is generous and lends lavishly;
No shuffling or stumbling around for this one,
But a sterling and solid and lasting reputation.
Unfazed by rumor and gossip,
Heart ready, trusting in God,
Spirit firm, unperturbed,
Ever blessed, relaxed among enemies,
They lavish gifts on the poor—
A generosity that goes on, and on, and on.
An honored life! A beautiful life!
Someone wicked takes one look and rages,
Blusters away but ends up speechless.
There is nothing to the dreams of the wicked. Nothing.
GOD’S GRACE AND MERCY AND JUSTICE IS FOR ALL!