I begin a new
study this week. We venture out into Psalm 37. We have only the
assurance of its author being David. As we meditate on this Psalm
we find there is a contrast between the wicked and righteous. It
seems David is debating the age old question in his heart of ‘Why?’
do the wicked prosper, while the righteous are tried.
Have a Bible in hand
as we look at verses 1-11 where I will teach on this thought, “Their
Ends Compared”. I use the word ‘their’ to describe the
wicked and righteous.
In verses 1-2 we
find ‘A Tragic End’. David encourages us to “Fret
not…because of evildoers,” The word ‘fret’ means to
worry, fume, to become vexed and the heart burning with jealousy.
Oh how our nature is prone to fret when the lawbreakers are riding
high and we are walking low. Their moments of fame will be short
verse 1 tells us. They will be “…cut down like the grass,”
My grass when cut will lay upon the top, brown, and finally return
to the soil. Let us not fret or be envious of the high riding
wicked. They will soon be no more in this world.
In verses 3-5 we
find ‘A Triumphant End’. There are key words in verses 3-5
and they are ‘trust’, ‘delight’, and ‘commit’.
They are paramount in answering the question of why the wicked
prosper and the righteous is tried. These three words represent the
progression through which all of God’s children will triumph through
the twist and turns of life.
The word ‘trust’ is
closely akin to the word faith. It has to do with a total reliance
of all the thoughts, feelings, and doings, upon the Lord. Faith
will cure all fretting. “Very much of our outward depends upon
our inward; when there is heaven in the heart there will be heaven
in the home.” (Spurgeon) The word ‘delight’ has the idea
of making Him the focus of all our joy and rejoicing. There is a
great promise given to those who delight in Him. They are given a ‘carte
blanche’ card and the desires of their heart are granted. The
last word in the progression is ‘commit’. The word involves
rolling the whole burden of life upon the Lord. He says ‘His
yoke is easy, His burden is light’. This is not a two yoke
hitch where I pull 50% and He pulls 50%. It is a one-hitch yoke
where you and I commit our ways to Him and He will carry it all.
In verses 6-8 we
find ‘A Tranquil End’. When we have trusted, delighted, and
committed, verse 6 tells us that He will bring us into the light of
righteousness and judgment as bright as the noonday sun. We will
enter into ‘rest’ in verse 7 like no other. It will cause us
to wait patiently with no fretting over the wicked that prospers.
In verse 8 we will accept the working of providence. We will find
our God permits nothing but He ordains all things. We need not
fret, fume, or fight. He works all things after the counsel of His
In verses 9-10 we
are confronted with ‘A True End’. In verse 9 we are told
that God’s enemies, which should also be our enemies will be cut
off. When our Lord stands against them He will make a sure clean
end of them all. In verse 10 He will make such a sure end of them
that you will look for their ‘place’ and there will be no
evidence they ever existed. There is a promise given to those that
wait upon the Lord. We are told our end will be to “…inherit the
earth;” This phrase is mentioned too many times in the Bible not
to give some credence to a literal 1,000 year millennial reign on
In verse 11 we see ‘A
Timeless End’. Here we have the grounds of one of our Lord’s
beatitudes. I cannot over emphasize these continual references in
the Bible to the meek inheriting the earth as an abundance of
peace. This cannot be a continual symbolism. There must be some
grounds for a time of literal interpretation of an earthly 1,000
years reign of Christ. I will not argue with my dearest friends who
believe otherwise, but do not pinch me as I imagine riding on white
horses and ruling and reigning on this earth. If it is but a
symbolic pipe dream you must admit it is not a bad dream and for
sure not a nightmare!