27 Turn away from evil, do what is good,
and settle permanently.
28 For the Lord loves justice
and will not abandon his faithful ones.
They are kept safe forever,
but the children of the wicked will be destroyed.
29 The righteous will inherit the land
and dwell in it permanently.
30 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom;
his tongue speaks what is just.
31 The instruction of his God is in his heart;
his steps do not falter.
The delights we find in the Lord and His ways stand in such contradiction to the ways of what is evil. We would never run headlong into evil ways if they were not so attractive to us at some level. But to pursue the good ways of God, we must turn away every object of our temptation. The Psalmist does not say “believe what is good” or “embrace what is good” but instead he says “do what is good” and make it the ongoing way of living. God invites us to settle permanently in the land of the living where we experience His goodness, justice, faithfulness, righteousness and wisdom.
Father, Your invitation to live in your good ways is overwhelming to my heart and I long for nothing else. I turn from the evil ways I have embraced (list them to him __________) so I may experience the security of your life of goodness. I declare today that I am settling permanently into living in your ways. Help me demonstrate the love of your justice and righteousness as I trust You will never leave me but will keep me secure in You forever. Amen.