Clear as Noon

The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice.... Wait for the LORD and keep His way, and He will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off.
PSALM 37:30, 34
Clear as Noon
This is the basis of the conflict: the wicked refuse to listen to the wisdom and justice of God. They persecute it, condemn and denounce it as foolishness and injustice. Because these rascals are successful at this for a while, the righteous are irked and provoked, and it incites them to wickedness and vengeance or impatience. Therefore this psalm teaches them to be still and to go right on with their duties: teaching, writing, and speaking wisdom and justice; entrusting their cause to God; letting the wicked bite, rage, scowl, slander, strike, draw their swords, bend their bows, and build up their mobs and their power, as has already been said. For God will set it right, if only we wait for Him to do it, staying on our course, and not letting them make us quit or give up. Ultimately the judgment of this verse must prevail and become as clear as noon: that the righteous man has been speaking justly and wisely, and the wicked have been foolish and unjust.

From Four Psalms of Comfort, on Psalm 37 (Luther's Works 14:223)
May 23
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