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Psalm 37 (Part 13) - Psa 37:22-23 - Characteristics of a Good Man

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For the outline and the rest of the Bible studies in this series, click here: Psalm 37

To listen to or watch the previous Bible study in the series, click here: Part 12
To listen to or watch the next Bible study in the series, click here: Part 14

22. Psa 37:22 - "For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off."
A. For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth.
i. In the context (by way of the word "for"), those that are blessed of God and shall inherit the earth are those that show mercy and give to others in need (Psa 37:21).
ii. In general, the meek, who are blessed, will inherit the earth (Mat 5:5).
iii. They are blessed because Jesus was sent to bless them (Act 3:26; Eph 1:3).
iv. They will inherit the new earth (Rev 21:1,7; Rev 22:3-4).
B. They that be cursed of him shall be cut off.
i. In the context (by way of the word "for"), those that are cursed of God and shall be cut off are those that borrow and don't repay their debts (Psa 37:21).
ii. In general, the wicked, who will be judged according to their works, are cursed because they have not kept the law of God (Gal 3:10).
iii. They will be cut off.
a. To be cut off means to be put to death.
(i) Cut v. - 56. cut off. a. trans. To cut so as to take off; to detach by cutting (something material). d. To put to death (suddenly or prematurely), to bring to an untimely end. 1611 Bible 1 Sam. xx. 15 When the Lord hath cut off the enemies of Dauid.
b. The scripture defines it as such (Gen 9:11; Exo 31:14).
c. The wicked will be cut off in this life (see notes on Psa 37:9).
d. But they will not only die physically for their sins, they will also die eternally for them (Rev 20:12-15).
iv. The reason that those that are blessed shall inherit the earth is because Jesus Christ became a curse for them on their behalf (Gal 3:13).

23. Psa 37:23 - "The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way."
A. A good man.
i. The Bible gives us the following characteristics of a good man.
ii. A good man shows favor, lends to those in need, and guides his affairs with discretion (Psa 112:5).
iii. A good man obtains favor of the LORD (Pro 12:2).
iv. A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children (Pro 13:22).
v. A good man shall be satisfied from himself (Pro 14:14).
vi. A good man brings good things out of the treasure of his heart (Luk 6:45).
vii. A good man is a just man who waits for the kingdom of God (Luk 23:50-51).
a. Just adj. - 1. That does what is morally right, righteous. just before (with) God or, simply, just: Righteous in the sight of God; justified.
b. A good man is not just a nice guy, but a righteous guy.
viii. Jesus Christ was a good man (Joh 7:12).
ix. A good man is full of the Holy Ghost and faith (Act 11:24).
x. A good man is a man for whom men would die (Rom 5:7).
B. The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD.
i. God directs the steps of a good man (Pro 16:9).
ii. The LORD does so by setting bounds and limits on his opportunities and choices in a similar way that the banks of a river bound the free-flowing water (Pro 21:1).
iii. Men have many devices in their hearts, but God's counsel always prevails (Pro 19:21).
iv. A good man's goings are of the LORD (Pro 20:24; Jer 10:23).
v. When a good man trusts in the LORD with all his heart, and not in his own understanding, God will direct his paths (Pro 3:5-6).
vi. God will instruct, teach, and guide His children in the way that they should go (Psa 32:8).
vii. A good man desires that God will direct his ways to keep His word (Psa 119:5).
C. He delighteth in his way.
i. The good man delights in God's way.
ii. God's way is found in God's word (Psa 18:30; Psa 86:11 c/w Joh 17:17; Psa 119:9, 101; Pro 6:23; Pro 10:17).
iii. A good man delights in God's word (Psa 1:1-2; Psa 119:97, 143, 174; Rom 7:22).
iv. Therefore, a good man delights in God's way.