How often have you found yourself fretting over evildoers? How often have you caught yourself saying things like, “Why do those mean people always seem to have everything and I seem to always get the shaft?” Jesus never said the Christian life would be easy, but he does reveal through his word the outcome for such people and the proper response we are supposed to have.
Psalm 37:1-10 says, “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his ways, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be; yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.”
What is the first thing we begin to do when we are met with evil people in our lives? We begin to fret over the situation. It often feels very grave, and the human reaction is to stand up for oneself even at the risk of acting “evil” too. God is so gracious to us that he devotes much of the Bible to helping us through difficult social situations. He does not want his children to fall into the same snare that is the fate of those determined to go against him. Evil will be stomped out, and God wants us to relax and not go into self-preservation mode but instead remember that he himself has it all under control.
We are not to fret over the world seeming to “have it all”. The wicked will be cut off. Those that wait on the Lord will inherit the earth. Christians fail to see the bigger picture. Often “today” is all that seems to exist when God is eternal, and if he says it’s all going to turn out right for you if you will just hang in there, then it is very important to trust in God and wait on him.
Next, in verse two we are told to “trust in the Lord”, but that is not all, we are to “do good”. He says we will be fed, or have what we need. God’s promises are there, but we have to do our part. Faith without works is truly dead.
Then God tells us to “delight” in him. What is the reward for this? Verse four says that he will “give thee the desires of thine heart.” So often we want the last part of that verse without the “delight” aspect. To delight in someone is an all encompassing thing. You can’t delight in God and never talk to him or let him talk to you. You can however say you delight in him if every waking moment is about God in some way. If he is the light of your life then you can truly say you delight. Until you delight in him, you can’t expect to get the desires of your heart.
Some ways to delight in the Lord are to read his word with the idea of letting him teach you something. Let God really speak to you instead of reading what you already think you believe into the word of God. Once you begin to let God really speak to you, you may find you didn’t know everything about God, and what a relationship will begin to take place. Then receive whatever he shares with you, and it is at this time that you pray. Conversation is a two way street even with God.
Another way to delight in the Lord is to spend time just praising him. This might mean putting on some praise music and praising him with song or dance. Once you let yourself get lost in praising him and you aren’t thinking about yourself anymore or the things going on around you, it is then that you are truly in that place of pure worship of God. Try this exercise. Stand up in a safe location with your praise music going, stretch out your arms forming a “t” with your body, close your eyes and spin as you fall into worship to God. If you can’t seem to let loose and raise your hands to God, you may want to reconsider whether or not you are truly allowing yourself to let go of being in control. Are you really delighting in the Lord?
All in all, delighting is about making everything about God. Putting God first and wanting to please him more than anything is where every Christian should want to be in their spiritual walk with God. This fulfills the next step God put before us in verse five, and that is to “Commit thy way unto the Lord:” Are you committing your way to God? Really?
Also included in delighting is trusting in him as we see also in verse five. God promises to “bring it to pass” if we delight in the Lord, commit our ways unto the Lord, and trust in him. What is he going to bring to pass? The desires of your heart.
Now that you know what God says about the matter and what he expects you to do, he tells you to “Rest in the Lord, wait patiently for him”(verse 7). What a beautiful word from the Lord.
It is not uncommon for each and every Christian to suffer some sort of mistreatment at the hands of evildoers, but he gives those who trust in the Lord promises that are worth waiting for. The end of the evildoer isn’t going to be pleasant, much less anything to envy or fret over.
God never fails, and his word will truly endure forever. Trust in him because he truly is your answer.
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