Monday, March 6, 2017

A Study of Psalm 37 - Part One (vs. 1-11)

Hello everybody! This month is going to be very exciting here on this blog, I have a lot of fun stuff planned. Every Monday for this month, we will be having a Bible study over the 37th Psalm. The first part of this series will be today.

Psalm 37 is a psalm of David and it is actually written much like one of the Proverbs. The contrast of the wicked and the righteous is prominent in this Psalm as you will see as we read and study it together.

I will note before we get started that I will be using the New American Standard Version.

“Do not fret because of evildoers, be not envious toward wrongdoers. For they will wither quickly like the grass and fade like the green herb.” (verses 1-2)

We are told in this Psalm  not to fret because of those who do evil or be envious toward wrongdoers. So many times we see evil, ungodly people prosper in what they do and we in response tend to get worked up over it and be jealous of their gain. It doesn’t seem fair to us that they should be so successful while we who serve God many times feel like we are barely getting by.

But we don’t see the bigger picture. Verse two tells us that they will wither quickly like the grass and fade like the green herb. So just like grass withers in its time, the success and prosperity of the wicked will not last. The things on this earth are only temporary things, while the eternal things are what matters.

“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light and your judgment as the noonday. 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 carries out wicked schemes.”

These verses admonish us to trust in the Lord and do good. David wrote specifically to Israel in verse 3 when he tells them to dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness, but we can apply the first part of the verse to our own lives, which is to trust in the Lord and do good.

What good can we do? Well, I believe that there are some example given in the next few verses.

1. Delight yourself in the Lord

When you delight in someone or thing, do you spend a lot of time with them? If we are delighting in the Lord, we should be spending much time in reading the Word and in prayer. Spend much time with God, get to know Him, delight in Him, and you know what the results will be? He will give you the desires of your heart.

I believe that the more time you spend with God, the more His desires become yours. Isn’t that how it works with people? So this verse is not giving us a “prosperity gospel” and telling us that God will give us everything we want. No, I think it is saying that when we delight in the Lord, His desire become ours and He will give them to us. His desires are always best for us and He works out everything for good, according to Romans 8:28-29.

2.  Commit your way to the Lord

Many times we get caught up in our own plans and schedules and completely disregard God’s. I know that I do so very often. We are to commit our ways to Him and trust in Him, and the result is that He will bring it to pass. When you allow Him to lead you, He will work in your heart and bring forth righteousness.

3.  Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him

God’s timing is not our timing. We have bad habits of trying to rush God to work things out quickly, like He is some kind of fast-food business. Rest in the Lord! Wait patiently for Him, He will do just the right thing at just the right time.

Do not fret over the wicked man who prospers. “Cease from anger and forsake wrath; do not fret, it leads only to evildoing.”

When you get all stirred up about something and you allow it to fester your mind and you dwell and dwell on it, do you think that leads to any good? No! It brings you to anger that causes you to react, and the actions that follow are usually sinful. Just rest in the Lord and let Him take care of the problem instead. It will save you a lot of trouble.

“For evildoers will be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land. Yet a little while and the wicked man will be no more; and you will look carefully for his place and he will not be there. But the humble will inherit the land and will delight themselves in abundant prosperity.”

These verses explain the fate of the evildoer. He will come to an end, but the Lord will reward those who wait for Him.

Trust in the Lord and do good.

In Christ,

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