We are watching horrified people doing terrible things in the name of their faith. Right now, we do not see the end of these horrific acts. Unfortunately, faith is being blamed for these events. Faith was supposed to have the opposite effect in people’s lives.
In Psalm 125 we learn the meaning of having faith, and the next one is FAITH MEANS A CHANGED LIFE. That is the third meaning of faith, a changed life.
When we believe in God things will change in our lives. Our belief will affect our behavior. If you believe in Jesus you will follow and obey Him. If that does not happen it is because you do not believe in Him at all.
Take a look in verse 3: “ The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous, for then the righteous might use their hands to do evil.” In this verse the psalmist states that God will not allow the oppression of the enemy over us for a long time so we do not start doing the wrong things.
The idea is to prevent us from giving up and behaving like the people who do not believe in God. See what the author of Hebrews letter has to say: “ Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2.”
He says that because of our faith we should get rid of everything that is against God’s will. Our faith in God should work in us removing the bad attitudes, words, feelings, and thoughts.
This psalm also tells us that FAITH MEANS REWARD. Yes, faith will bring reward from God. When we believe we will receive the reward from God Himself. This is what verse 4 states,“ Do good, O Lord, to those who are good, to those who are upright in heart.”
The psalmist cries to God to reward those who are good and those who have their hearts in the right place.
Our faith in God will be rewarded, even if takes longer than we think and expect. God will recompense our faith, our dependency, and conviction in Him. Listen what the Bible has to say about that: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6.” This text makes clear that those who believe and seek Him will be rewarded.
My friend, your faith should change your life, making you a better person, and because of that you will be rewarded. Our God is not only Powerful and Righteous, but also Good and Merciful.
Have a blessed week,