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 wicked in verses 10-21.
The Wicked (10-21)
For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be. 11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. 12 The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth. 13 The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming. 14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation. 15 Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken. 16 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked. 17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the Lord upholdeth the righteous. 18 The Lord knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever. 19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied. 20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away. 21 The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.
The wicked are cast as the enemies of God’s righteous. They plot against the just, cast down the poor and needy, slay those of upright lifestyle, and borrow and do not pay back. God laugh’s at them.
What happens to the wicked? They are no more, have no peace, the sword shall enter into their own hearts, theirs bows and arms are broken, they perish, and are consumed. They will spend eternity separated from God in a place called hell.
It should be the desire of every believer in Christ to snatch these wicked souls from Satan’s grasp with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus came to shed His precious, holy, unstained blood, to pay the sin debt of all the wicked so that the wicked could be saved. He died and after 3 days rose from the grave. The wicked need to repent of their sins and receive Jesus as Savior and Lord. They need to learn of God’s love and mercy for them.
We need to go and tell the gospel message to those who are perishing.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001