Scripture:

Psalm 37
Vs 1 Fret not yourself because of evildoers …
Vs 3 Trust in the Lord, and do good …
Vs 5 … trust in Him, and He will act.
Vs 7 … fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way …
Vs 8 Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
Vs 10 In just a little while, the wicked will be no more;

Vs 39 The salvation of the righteous is from theLord …
Vs 40 … He delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
   because they take refuge in him.

Observation:

David is giving assurance to those who trust in God that God is with them.
God is not ignoring them.
Even when it seems that the “wicked” are prospering and living a better life,
This does not indicate God is not trustworthy.
David gives them an eternal perspective to view from.
Believers can trust God now, because “in a little while” the wicked will be no more.

Application:

“Trusting” and “Fretting” … “Fretting” and “Trusting” …
There is a massive contrast taking place in David’s description of these two groups of people.
Those that “fret”, and those that “trust”.
Which one am I more inclined to do?
What consumes more of any given day?
Fretting? … worrying … complaining … fussing … agonizing?
Or Trusting? … believing … having confidence … maintaining faith?
David makes clear that whichever one of these dominates my thinking will also dominate my direction.
If I fret, then I am focusing on “evildoers”, and “the one who prospers”, and “tend only to evil”.
If I trust, then I am focusing on “the Lord”, and “He who acts”.
I cannot do both at the same time.
If I am fretting, then I am not trusting!
So, what must I do when I find myself fretting?
I must stop being consumed by the weight of any given moment.
I must change my perspective.
Whatever I am fretting over will “fade like grass”.
Whatever I am fretting over will be here “just a little while”.
However, when I trust in the Lord, this is “salvation”.
This is “righteousness” … This is “deliverance” … This is “refuge in Him”.
Fretting is worthless and futile.
Trusting in the Lord is everything.

Prayer:

Thank you again Father for your word.
Open my eyes when I am tempted to fret.
Give me strength, Spirit, to trust.
Help me see eternally
In Jesus name
Amen