When reading Psalm 37 today, I couldn’t help but notice how fitting this word is for today. This beautiful Psalm was penned by David, who knew what it was like to be surrounded by enemies and sin. We don’t have to look far to see wickedness abounding . We see crime, evil and persecution of the church increasing. We see countries being ruled by tyrants, wounding and murdering their own people for personal gain. We see God’s Word and His people mocked in the media more than ever before. It would appear evil is having the last laugh. However God’s Word tells us that this is for a season. That God will not allow this to continue indefinitely.
We are not to be afraid or discouraged. God has not been knocked off His throne, and Jesus is still the Lion of the tribe of Judah, who is coming back for His bride, the church! We are only to run to Him and trust Him for all our needs. He is the same yesterday, today and forever! He is not surprised by what is going on. It has not caught Him off guard. In fact, He warned us that these things would happen. It is a call to draw near to Him. A call to share the love of Christ with those who don’t know Him as Redeemer and friend. A call to abide in Him, through the power of the Holy Spirit. A call to encourage and edify our brothers and sisters in Christ.
It’s time we put aside things that are distractions and draw near to the lover of our soul. As we spend time with Him in prayer and in His Word, our hearts will be transformed from glory to glory. We will be His hands and feet. We will make a difference in this crazy world of ours. We will share the good news with those who need to hear it before Christ returns!
If you find yourself afraid or discouraged with the things unfolding around you, look to Him. He will sustain you. He will give you a fresh anointing each day to fulfill the purpose He has for you! Don’t spend time worrying, spend time praying. Don’t spend time afraid, spend time seeking Him and His wisdom for your circumstances. Remember, salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; He is their stronghold in time of trouble. The Lord helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in Him.!
Meditate on this beautiful Psalm and the many promises from God in it. It is just as much a message for us today as it was to David in his day!
1 Do not fret because of those who are evil
or be envious of those who do wrong;
2 for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.
3 Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight 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 do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.
7 Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for Him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.
9 For those who are evil will be destroyed,
but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.
10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
though you look for them, they will not be found.
11 But the meek will inherit the land
and enjoy peace and prosperity.
12 The wicked plot against the righteous
and gnash their teeth at them;
13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
for he knows their day is coming.
14 The wicked draw the sword
and bend the bow
to bring down the poor and needy,
to slay those whose ways are upright.
15 But their swords will pierce their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken.
16 Better the little that the righteous have
than the wealth of many wicked;
17 for the power of the wicked will be broken,
but the Lord upholds the righteous.
18 The blameless spend their days under the Lord’s care,
and their inheritance will endure forever.
19 In times of disaster they will not wither;
in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.
20 But the wicked will perish:
Though the Lord’s enemies are like the flowers of the field,
they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke.
21 The wicked borrow and do not repay,
but the righteous give generously;
22 those the Lord blesses will inherit the land,
but those he curses will be destroyed.
23 The Lord makes firm the steps
of the one who delights in Him;
24 though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the Lord upholds him with His hand.
25 I was young and now I am old,
yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken
or their children begging bread.
26 They are always generous and lend freely;
their children will be a blessing.
27 Turn from evil and do good;
then you will dwell in the land forever.
28 For the Lord loves the just
and will not forsake His faithful ones.
Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed;
the offspring of the wicked will perish.
29 The righteous will inherit the land
and dwell in it forever.
30 The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom,
and their tongues speak what is just.
31 The law of their God is in their hearts;
their feet do not slip.
32 The wicked lie in wait for the righteous,
intent on putting them to death;
33 but the Lord will not leave them in the power of the wicked
or let them be condemned when brought to trial.
34 Hope in the Lord
and keep his way.
He will exalt you to inherit the land;
when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it.
35 I have seen a wicked and ruthless man
flourishing like a luxuriant native tree,
36 but he soon passed away and was no more;
though I looked for him, he could not be found.
37 Consider the blameless, observe the upright;
a future awaits those who seek peace.
38 But all sinners will be destroyed;
there will be no future for the wicked.
39 The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord;
He is their stronghold in time of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them and delivers them;
He delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in Him.