February 05, 2020 – Wednesday
Psalm 37:1-4 NKJV
1 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.
The subject matter in Psalm 37 closely matches that in Psalm 73 covered already, but with some major differences. The psalmist has no real worry or concern about the evildoers and their apparent success in this world because as David says in verse two For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, And wither as the green herb and then in verse twenty
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.
Thus David’s confidence in the justice of God is apparent from the beginning and continues throughout this psalm. Consider what David says in these two verses
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.
Do not fret may be also interpreted as Do not worry for it is in the Lord’s hands and we do not need to give it much attention except to know the future of the evildoers is in God’s hands, not ours. If anything, our duty would be to warn those choosing a life of sin what awaits them even though their final choice is theirs and theirs alone. What does God have to say about the wicked who prosper? He laughs at them!
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.
I love the confidence that oozes from this psalm in the Lord until it becomes absolutely explicit. A little past the halfway mark (v20) he says
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 ever merciful, and lends;
And his descendants are blessed.
I cannot recommend this psalm enough if you have any doubts about how the righteous end up versus how the evildoers end up. This entire psalm encourages one to follow God with the full knowledge His judgment will take care of both the righteous and those who choose to live a life of sin.
Bottom line for me is found in verse thirty-nine: But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their strength in the time of trouble. Amen!
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton