A few weeks ago I borrowed a phrase from Psalm 37. I was looking through the Bible for another scripture when these words caught my eye, “Keep company with God” (Verse 4in The Message). I was immediately inspired by this statement. To “Keep company…” is personal and informal, and it leads to the idea that I’m hanging out with God. Like Adam walking in the garden next to God and chatting about the day. I love it. The rest of verse 4 reads, “get in on the best.” Keeping company with God gets us in on the best.
I read all of Psalm 37 today, and I particularly like verses 5-9 as an insight into what is the best. They read,
Open up before God, keep nothing back; he’ll do whatever needs to be done: He’ll validate your life in the clear light of day and stamp you with approval at high noon. Quiet down before God, be prayerful before him. Don’t bother with those who climb the ladder, who elbow their way to the top. Bridle your anger, trash your wrath, cool your pipes – it only makes things worse. Before long the crooks will be bankrupt; God – investors will soon own the store.
Keeping company with God will make life more peaceful and less fretful. He will lift us up and give us a great future which includes eternal life. Isn’t that the best?