Psalm 37 deals with the problems of everyday life. Many people struggle, “Lord, I love You. I believe in You. Why then are there constant struggles within me? It seems everything is out to get me.” This psalm teaches the believers how to refuse to be discouraged in evil times. Refuse to be sidetracked. Refuse to listen to negative words. Refuse all the things that can distract you from Christ.
Psalm 37:1… “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity” (KJV). The word “fret” means “to glow or grow warm”; i.e., “to blaze up, to be angry or jealous, to burn, be displeased, to grieve, to get hot or incensed.” Don’t get annoyed. The Lord is saying, “Cool it.” Don’t get irritated to the point that you get envious at evildoers. Irritation will lead you to wrong things. The prodigal son in Luke 15 was restless when he saw the way the ungodly lived. The psalmist in Psalm 73 nearly slipped when he saw the wicked prospering. Fretting will cause all kinds of problems. It will cause you to be peevish, ill-humored, difficult to please, and agitated. Fretting will cause you to put Christ in the back of you instead of out in front of you.
Psalm 37:3... “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed” (KJV). Trust cures fretting. When you fret it is hard to trust, and your faith wanes. The words “do good” mean “to be constructive.” Fretting causes you to lose your creativity. Many in society have lost their creativity because they fret over some accident that happened in their lives. Notice what else this verse says: “So shall thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.” In other words, God has a place for you and you will be able to provide for your needs. You will be able to maintain and sustain your life. Trust in God’s ability to lift you up and not in the devil’s power to keep you down. Faith cures fretting.
Psalm 37:4… “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart” (KJV). If you fret you will not be able to “delight.” The word “delight” means “to be soft, pliable, or pleasant, a ‘sport'”; i.e., have fun with God. Enjoy God. Give yourself to Him and you will receive from Him; make God your joy. This verse simply teaches that as you joyously give yourself to Him you will enter into his contract of giving and receiving. Notice, He will give you the desires of your heart. Yes, healing miracles also, financial miracles, ministry miracles, and more.
Psalm 37:5-6… “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” (KJV).
If you cannot delight, it’s hard to commit. Note… commit thyself and thy way to God.
Fretting delays commitment. You will not be able to get through your problem if you are not committed to the Lord. Verse six states that God wants to bring you forth; meaning, there is so much good in you that He wants to bring out. God wants to light up your life. The word “judgment” refers to vindication. Your problem no longer keeps you in bondage or handicapped. The noonday sun is at its brightest. God wants you to shine, but lack of commitment and fretting keep you in the dark.
Psalm 37:7… “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass” (KJV). The word “rest” means “to stop, forbear, hold peace, quiet yourself, hold still, hold steady.” Fretting robs you of peace. In trials many people get agitated, talk too much, complain too much, and criticize too much. Wait for God; walk with God. Don’t get ahead of him. God is worth waiting for.
Psalm 37:8-9… “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” (KJV). Fretting leads you to do wrong things. “I’ll get even.” Fretting makes you want to retaliate and take vengeance. God says evildoers shall be cut off while “good-doers” shall inherit the earth. The word “inherit” means “to occupy (by driving out previous tenants, and taking possession in their place).” The Lord is saying that when you cease fretting, you can drive out sickness, you can drive out the devil, and you can drive out poverty. Inheriting the earth means taking possession of health and taking possession of prosperity instead of poverty.
Psalm 37:34… “Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it” (KJV). The word “wait” as used here means “to bind together.” You and the Lord are intertwined together; don’t unbind yourself from the Lord. Keep His way; i.e., keep His rules of conduct. You will see victory. Fretting unbinds you. What “land” are you wanting to inherit? What is your goal, your vision? Intertwine yourself with the Lord and you will see it.
Psalm 37:37… “Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace” (KJV). The word “perfect” means “complete, pious, gentle, coupled together, perfect, plain, undefiled, upright.” The word “mark” means “to take notice of what ‘hedges’ the perfect and righteous man.” A man hedged is a man peaceful. God wants your everyday life peaceful. It’s up to you… Stop your fretting.
Pastor George Belobaba
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