Psalm 37

Psalm 37 paints the contrast of how God deals with the wicked and the righteous.  It is a stark difference, and God definitely has chosen sides.  The chapter begins reminding us that even though it seems like those who do evil sometimes get the prize, “they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb”.  Their success, if any, is only for the short term.  They aren’t going to last.  We are told to “Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness”.  That is the way we experience God’s blessing – we trust in Him and walk in His ways.

David goes on to be clearer.  “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act”.  Here is a promise that should be one we memorize and cling to.  It gives us three actions on our part that will deliver the outcome we all want.  Delight – commit – trust.  Three seemingly simple words that define how we should connect with God.  It begins with us making Him the center of our patch and taking delight in all that He has done.  It continues as we commit to doing what He has told us to do, and ends with us trusting in Him knowing that He will act based on our commitment to Him.  It’s the formula, and the promise, for a great life with God.

So we have direction for how to live, but what do we do?  We worry and wonder.  The scripture tells us to “Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land”.  The reality for us as Christ Followers is that we have to receive what God has told us and live based on His Word.  His promises are true.  He doesn’t fail.  So our job is to stop worrying and start living in obedience.  When we do that, scripture tells us “the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace”.  God will respond.

We got all worked up about what seems to be happening around us.  Bad people with evil motives seem to get away with it.  But it isn’t the case. “The Lord knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will remain forever”.  God has it under control.  We spend way too much time worrying about what others do and what appears to be happening for them and way too little focused on making sure we are walking blamelessly with God.  Our responsibility is what we do, not what others are doing.  God will handle the rest.  We must focus on self and our personal walk with Him.  “The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way”.  How we live matters.  God will establish our steps if we walk in obedience to Him.  It isn’t about what we think of others.  It is about how we walk with God!

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