Reading Passage: Psalm 37
Often times, many Christians tend to fret because of the worldly affluence of those who do not know or worship the true God in truth. The question of why the wicked enjoy prosperity while the children of God goes through all sorts of pain and suffering in the world is common among believers. This psalm cautions strongly against this.
David wrote this Psalm from his own experiences. Though he was anointed by God as the King of Israel replacing Saul, he had to endure the threat on his life by Saul for a long time. It seemed as if the ungodly Saul had the victory over God fearing David. Still he never questioned or envied Saul. This psalm not only contains treasures of several teachings that a believer should follow in his Christian life, but also explains the blessings if they are obeyed properly. David repeats himself several times when advising not to fret because of the evil doers.
1. Do not fret because of those who are evil
or be envious of those who do wrong;
7. ... do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
8. ... do not fret—it only causes harm.
Many a time, Christians do not give much attention to the sin of Jealousy. When someone else achieves something that we do not posses, if we do not truly and honestly feel happy for them, it points out the lack of true love that God wants from us. Don't we feel envious of others even when we are supposed to love our neighbour as our own? Psalmist reminds us not to fret even because of those who bring wicked schemes to pass!
This passage advises us to be honest and faithful on our responsibilities instead of questioning the prosperity of those who are around us. Even when the evil prosper and the good suffer, we should be putting our complete trust on the Lord, because God is a righteous judge. The remaining verses reminds us of the blessing of the people who submits to the LORD regardless of the seemingly unfair advantage others may have.
4 Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
6 He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your justice as the noonday.
9 For evildoers shall be cut off;
But those who wait on the Lord,
They shall inherit the earth.
11 But the meek shall inherit the earth,
And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
We do not compare ourselves to others. In order to achieve the desires of our heart, to have a prosperous future, we just need to trust the Almighty. Being angry and frustrated about the success of the wicked only brings about trouble. David compares the wicked with the grass that grows very fast but wither away as much faster. Because whatever accomplished in this perishable and finite world ends with death. However, for those who rely on the God awaits an eternal prosperity which this world cannot give. Though this world is with the wicked today, very soon a new earth and new heavens will be created as the inheritance for those who hope in the LORD, where there is no injustice or pain or suffering. The finite sufferings in this world will give way to the infinite prosperity.
Wicked men will be wiped out, but those who rely on the Lord are the ones who will possess the land.
Evil men will soon disappear; you will stare at the spot where they once were, but they will be gone. (9,10)
Rather than being disturbed on the fortunes of the wicked, let us trust in Him with all our heart. Lets dwell in the Land and walk before the LORD. Surely God will work through us and help us to be a testimony of faith before others.