Psalm 37

Scripture:

[1] Fret not yourself because of evildoers;
be not envious of wrongdoers!
[2] For they will soon fade like the grass
and wither like the green herb.
[3] Trust in the Lord, and do good;
dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Observation:

Don’t worry and get worked up about with evildoers or envious of what they seem to get from their wrong doing. ┬áTheir seeming happiness is superficial. There is not true joy there.

Just like grass and herbs, they will last a season and fade away. Certainly, if they don’t repent of their evil ways, their time will be limited.

Rather than fill ourselves with worry about evildoers, trust in the Lord and fill ourselves with his truth and faithfulness. If we are filled with this, there is no room for worry and envy for wrongdoers.

As we truly continually delight ourselves in the Lord he will give us the desires of our heart. Why? Because delighting ourselves in him means we feel the joy of serving him and walking in his light. It means that the desires of our hearts are actually coming from the desires of his heart.

Application:

As we navigate this life, how often do we see people who look successful, or look happy, or look influential and powerful, or whatever.. and we feel that they are evildoers or they acquired their success, money, happiness wrongly? Judge them now Lord. Why are they in this place and I’m struggling? Sometimes these seem like good questions but David is telling us not to fret over that. It’s really not our business and they with wither like seasonal herbs and grass if they don’t repent.

If we trust in the Lord, dwell with him and delight in him, we will have joy. We will have the desires of our heart because our heart will align with his. Our salvation comes for free. We didn’t do anything to earn it. All we needed to do was accept him as Lord and savior. He will give us true joy from our faithfulness in him and walking in his light, and our true alignment with his will.

Prayer:

Lord I love you. I trust you. Keep me focused on being faithful to you and living within your will. I feel like it’s a muddy line sometimes Lord, so give me wisdom and discernment. Guide me with your Spirit and help me change what you want me to change but also and help me not fret about wrongdoers. In Jesus’ mighty name I pray, amen.