PSALM 37 A Psalm of David

By Heather

From NKJV

37 Do not fret because of evildoers,
Nor be envious of 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;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

5 Commit[a] your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
6 He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your justice as the noonday.

7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
Do not fret—it only causes harm.

9 For evildoers shall be [b]cut off;
But those who wait on the Lord,
They shall inherit the earth.
10 For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more;
Indeed, you will look carefully for his place,
But it shall be no more.
11 But the meek shall inherit the earth,
And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

12 The wicked plots against the just,
And gnashes at him with his teeth.
13 The Lord laughs at him,
For He sees that his day is coming.
14 The wicked have drawn the sword
And have bent their bow,
To cast down the poor and needy,
To slay those who are of upright conduct.
15 Their sword shall enter their own heart,
And their bows shall be broken.

16 A little that a righteous man has
Is better than the riches of many wicked.
17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,
But the Lord upholds the righteous.

18 The Lord knows the days of the upright,
And their inheritance shall be forever.
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,
Like the splendor of the meadows, shall vanish.
Into smoke they shall vanish away.

21 The wicked borrows and does not repay,
But the righteous shows mercy and gives.
22 For those blessed by Him shall inherit the earth,
But those cursed by Him shall be [c]cut off.

23 The steps of a good man are [d]ordered by the Lord,
And He delights in his way.
24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;
For the Lord upholds him with His hand.

25 I have been young, and now am old;
Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,
Nor his descendants begging bread.
26 He is [e]ever merciful, and lends;
And his descendants are blessed.

27 Depart from evil, and do good;
And dwell forevermore.
28 For the Lord loves justice,
And does not forsake His saints;
They are preserved forever,
But the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off.
29 The righteous shall inherit the land,
And dwell in it forever.

30 The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom,
And his tongue talks of justice.
31 The law of his God is in his heart;
None of his steps shall [f]slide.

32 The wicked watches the righteous,
And seeks to slay him.
33 The Lord will not leave him in his hand,
Nor condemn him when he is judged.

34 Wait on the Lord,
And keep His way,
And He shall exalt you to inherit the land;
When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.
35 I have seen the wicked in great power,
And spreading himself like a native green tree.
36 Yet [g]he passed away, and behold, he was no more;
Indeed I sought him, but he could not be found.

37 Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright;
For the future of that man is peace.
38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together;
The future of the wicked shall be cut off.

39 But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
He is their strength in the time of trouble.
40 And the Lord shall help them and deliver them;
He shall deliver them from the wicked,
And save them,
Because they trust in Him.

I chose Psalm 37 for today because it was one Duckie stated was one of her favorites. This is another beautiful psalm telling us that we are not to worry that we are to put our full trust in God. I need to be reminded of this daily. The commentary I will be using today is from one of Warren Wiersbe’s study guides for the Book of Psalm’s, ‘BE Worshipful’.

….He wrote Psalm 37 in his mature years(v. 25), and in it he discussed the age-old problem of why the righteous suffer while the wicked seem to prosper. Perhaps this psalm was part of David’s preparation of Solomon for the throne…..The word wicked is found fourteen times in the psalm. The theological foundation for the psalm is the
covenant God made with Israel, recorded in Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 27-30……
David took the long view of the situation and evaluated the immediate and transient in terms of the ultimate and the eternal. He encouraged Solomon and the people to believe God’s promises and wait on Him. In the psalm he gave four encouraging assurances to believers who question how God is running His world.

1. The Lord Can Be Trusted(vv. 1-11). David gave one negative instruction—-“Don’t
fret”(vv. 1,7,8)—-and four positive instructions: trust in the Lord(v.3), delight in
the Lord(v.4), commit yourself to the Lord(vv. 5-6), and rest in the Lord(v.7),
‘Fret not’(vv. 1-2) The word translated ‘fret’ means to burn, to get heated up.
David’s message was, “cool down and keep cool!”,,,, His argument is that
they are temporary and will one day be gone…….
‘Trust in the Lord’ (v.3). A fretful heart is not a trusting heart, because it lacks
joy and peace(Rom.15:13). Faith and works go together, so we should also
do good as we wait on the Lord……If we are faithful to God, He will be
faithful to us. Trusting the Lord is the key theme in this psalm.
‘Delight in the Lord’(v.4). The word translated ‘delight’ comes from a root
that means “to be brought up in luxury, to be pampered.” It speaks of
the abundance of the blessings we have in the Lord Himself, totally apart
from what he gives us……This is not a promise for people who want
“things,” but for those who want more of God in their lives.
‘Commit your way to the Lord’(vv.5-6). The verb means “ to roll off your
burden” (1 Peter 5:7). God doesn’t take our burdens so we can become
irresponsible, but so we can serve Him better…… ‘Rest in the Lord’(vv. 7-11). The verb means “be silent, be still.” It Describes calm surrender to the Lord……For us to get upset because of the evil schemes of the ungodly is to doubt the goodness and justice
of God(vv. 7,12,32). Meekness does not mean “weakness.” It means
force under the control of faith.

2. The Lord Understands Your Situation (vv. 12-20).  Since God can be trusted, we
should not fret, and since God understands our situation, we should not fear…
God upholds the righteous(vv. 16-17) and sees to it they have what they need
(Prov. 15:16, 16:8)…..”Know” in verse 18 refers to much more than intellectual
understanding—-“God knows what’s going on”—but indicates that He is
Involved and caring for us daily…..”Give us this day our daily bread” (Matt 6:11)

3.  The Lord Blesses His People (vv21-31).  He blesses them first of all with
‘provision of their daily needs’ (vv. 21-22)….God not only gives provision but
also ‘protection’(vv. 23-24).  “Ordered” means “secured, established”……..
and even if believers stumble, God will pick them up and get them going again.
…..Along with the blessing of provision and protection is the blessing of the
Lord’s ‘presence with His people’(vv.25-26)……God also blesses His people
by enabling them to live ‘obedient lives’(vv. 27-29), which means
righteousness in character and justice in conduct…..God blesses the
righteous with ‘His Word’(vv. 30-31).  God’s Word in the heart is the secret of
holy life.

4.  The Lord Judges The Wicked (vv.32-40).  Three images illustrate God’s
judgement of those who reject Him and rebel against His law: ‘the court trial’
(vv. 32-34), ‘the tree’(vv.35-36), and ‘the rescue’(vv. 37-40).  The wicked
watched the godly and tried to find some reason for accusing them…..
But the Lord is the highest Judge, and He knows how to deliver the
righteous from lying witnesses and judges who have been bribed.  The
godly are pictured by the fruitful tree and the ungodly by a luxurious
(“overbearing and towering”)shrub or tree, planted in its native soil where
it’s roots can go down deep(vv. 35-36)……….The Lord delivers the righteous
from eternal judgement, but He also delivers them from the attacks and
accusations of the wicked in this world today.  Why?  “Because they trust
in Him”(v. 40).  Fretting and fear cannot stand before faith in the living God.

Please share any thoughts you have about this psalm and any songs and other devotions you read this morning that you would like to share with all of us.

I wish all of you a very blessed day.

 

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