“Do not fret because of the wicked; do not be envious of wrongdoers, for they will soon fade like the grass, and wither like the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; so you will live in the land, and enjoy security.” (Psalm 37:1 – 3)
I am not sure I really know anyone who is wicked nor anyone who is a wrongdoer – in the sense that the psalmist is talking about. Well, no one in my circle of acquaintance. I guess I do know of people who just seem bent and determined to do things that are “not nice” – to put it very gently and mildly. But, I am not going to let this go in a political direction. Besides, the psalmist says they they fade like the grass and wither away. So why would I let my life be deterred, sidetracked, or influenced by a person who has no staying power?
“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.” (Verses 4 – 5)
Lately I have been finding that events and circumstances sort of dovetail into one another. If something happens that seems, well, jostling . . . I realize that supposedly jostling thing actually made opportunity for something better to come along and be realized. I read some time back the advice to not be afraid when the unfortunate happens that makes you feel helpless; rather, take the attitude of praying to the Lord God the Divine and lifting up you concerns. And then watch to see how the Divine will work things out. It is a step of faith, I know. And in light of yesterday perhaps I need to clarify. It is not your faith – personal or otherwise – but the faith and believe you have in the Lord God that things will work out. Because . . .
“He will make your vindication shine like the light, and the justice of your cause like the noonday.” (Verse 6)
Again, it is not your faith or understanding that you are stepping forth with or trusting in. It is the promise and covenant of the Lord that is carrying you through. There are times in my life when I felt totally lost, feeling that I had no control and no hope or idea of what I would do. Eventually, to my embarrassment, I realized and remembered I could have come to the Lord God.
“Be still before the LORD, and wait patiently for him; do not fret over those who prosper in their way, over those who carry out evil devices.” (Verse 7)
Again, not referring to “those who prosper in their way” and “those who carry out evil devices”. They, as this verse refers to, are not worth fretting over. I believe this verse applies as much to situations as people. We understand that just because terrible things happen, happen to us, and situations of distress present themselves – that does not mean a person or even a “evil” presence is behind them. Stuff happens! The question is, as Christians, how will we respond to it?
“Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath. Do not fret–it leads only to evil.” (Verse 8)
Now the psalmist lived in different times then us, and may-hap he had enemies that lashed out at him from every direction and at every junction of his life. And just maybe he had his own lessons to learn about turning each situation over to the Lord God. From his time to our time, his advice stands.
“For the wicked shall be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land.” (Verse 9)