Psalm 37 contrasts the righteous and the wicked. It is broken down into 3 sections. The righteous (1-9), the wicked (10-21), and God blesses and protects the righteous (22-40).
We can often be discouraged when we see the wicked prospering and getting ahead. Psalm 37 will change our perspective. God is still in charge and dealing with both the wicked and righteous. That should comfort us as believers in Jesus Christ.
Today we will see what God says about the righteous in verses 1-9.
The Righteous (1-9)
Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. 2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. 3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. 4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 5 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. 6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. 7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. 8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. 9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.
It is God’s desire that we do not fret or worry over evil doers, the wicked who prosper, or ourselves to do evil. God tells us to trust, delight, commit, rest, and wait in the Lord. The result is that the righteous inherit the earth.
If we choose to obey God, He will take care of us.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001