Psalm 37:1–7 (ESV)
1 Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers!
2 For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb.
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.
6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.
7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!
God knew and knows that we struggle with people who don’t follow Him, His wisdom, and His love. When the enemies of God are in our lives they often become our enemies too. All too often those enemies of God are over us in authority or position and have the ability to make us both miserable and doubtful of God’s supreme position over them.
In verses 1 and 2 David reminds us that the wicked’s place in this world is short-lived. They may think that they are going to endure but God knows differently and wants us to be sure to remember His perspective. In the face of the wickedness in America today I find these two verses especially comforting.
But then in verse 3 David begins a series of actions that we who fear the Lord are to take. We are to trust, dwell, delight and commit. Trust in the Lord, dwell in the land, delight in the Lord, and commit our way unto the Lord. Two of the action has a corresponding result from God. Delighting in Him is followed by “he will give you the desires of your heart.” Committing your way to Him and trusting in Him brings the promise that “He will act.”
My friends, we do not live in a vacuum apart from God. When the wicked people over us either in the community or in the family or in the workplace seem to have the upper-hand, trust in the Lord. He has promised to provide for our heart’s needs and to act on our behalf. Don’t try to change the wicked people, instead, practice a greater commitment to the Lord Jesus. Let the gospel, God’s good news of salvation, percolate throughout your life and watch God work on the wicked.
It would be great to see you join us tonight for prayer and Bible study. Pray for our kids club and for our youth group meetings. Pray for God to shape us into the church that He wants us to be.
Have a great day in the Lord,