30 The godly offer good counsel; they teach right from wrong.
Psalm 37:30 (NLT)
Welcome to the 18th installment on my study of Psalm 37. The first part of Psalm 37:30 says the godly offer good counsel. Good counsel means good advice. A good advice is an advice that works. A good advice delivers good and positive results. A good advice helps us to overcome and defeat all our problems.
There are 2 meanings to this part. The first meaning is, as Christians, we are to offer good counsel to others when they seek our help. We are to give words of faith, hope and love when we are approached for advice. We are to encourage people not to give up, think positive and fight on for their victory.
If you happen to find yourself working in an environment full of negative people, it is the will of God for you to be the light there. God wants you to be the light in the midst of darkness. Should you continue to believe in the integrity of God despite the negative situation around you, you will be full of hope, joy and peace while the people around you are full of disappointments, sorrows and distress. They will see the difference in you and they will start to ask you the secret source of your hope, joy and peace. This is the time for you to tell them the story of the God who loves the world that he sent his only begotten Son. You don’t have to go around begging people to go to church.
The second meaning to the phase “The godly offer good counsel” is we are to look for godly people when we need advice. When you are feeling down and disappointed, don’t go to look for negative people and ask for their opinions. Why? They will make you more negative and drag you down further. If you receive a negative medical report saying you have cancer, don’t ask religious people what they think. If you do, they will tell you that maybe God wants to give you cancer to kill you so that he can see you in heaven. Should you believe in their lies, you will die very soon. If you face a financial problem don’t ask a religious man for advice. What do you expect him to say? He will tell you that it is the will of God for you to be poor because God is glorified when Christians are poor. Can you expect to overcome your problems with this type of advice?
Who should we seek for advice then? According to the verse, we are to look for godly people for advice. Godly people are people of faith. They believe what God says is true despite the situation says the opposite. When you are depressed and disappointed, they will encourage you and give you hope. When you receive a negative medical report, they will remind you that Jesus had taken all your sickness at the Cross and exhort you to fight on. When you are facing a financial problem, they will remind you that Jesus died poor to make you rich.
Their advice will revitalize your faith, empower you to believe and give you hope. You will believe that God has given you everything you need to overcome and defeat all your problems. His grace is sufficient for you. It is sufficient to turn every lack into abundance, every sickness into health and every sorrow into joy. This is why the second part of Psalm 37:30 says they (the godly people) teach right from wrong.
Therefore, we have to be selective on whom to seek for advice.