Let us continue our study
of Psalm 37. It is here that David compares the wicked and
righteous. The age old question arises, ‘Why do the wicked
prosper while the righteous suffer loss?’ This week we desire
to look at verses 23-34 of which I have entitled “Their Endurance
Is Clear”. Have your Bible handy while we unpack this great
text before us today.
verses 23-26 let us look at ‘The Endurance Of Steps And Seeds’.
We are told in verse 23 that the steps of God’s people are ‘ordered’
by the Lord. The word means ordained, fixed, settled, and
maintained. George Meuller, the great preacher of faith, said that
not only are the steps ordered but the stops as well. We are told
the Lord ‘delighteth’ in our ways. The text seems to see a
Father watching the steps of his little child with amazement and
sure delight. We may fall but we will not stay down. It is
impossible for the child of God to fall past the lifting hand of our
verses 25-26 David speaks of the ‘seed’ of the righteous.
David says during his days of moving through the cycle of young to
old he has never seen the righteous forsaken or His seed begging
bread. Our God is ever merciful (withholding what we deserve) and ‘lendeth’
to His people. (To intertwine the lender with one who is the
borrower) Because of this we are a blessed seed.
verses 27-29 we find ‘The Enduring Of Saints And Sinners’.
In verse 27 we are told to ‘depart from evil’ and ‘do good’.
We can have no part at all with sin and the wicked. Our life must
be ever to flee sin and do good. What is to be gained by such an
action? We are told in verse 27 we will live for ‘evermore’.
In verse 28 we are told the Lord delights in this kind of judgment.
He promises to not forsake His people that do good. They will be
preserved forevermore. He tells us in verse 28 that the sinner will
be ‘cut off’. The word means a quick and horrible end
without warning. In verse 29 we are confronted again with the
thought of an earthly millennial reign of God’s people upon the
earth. There seems to be too much mention of this truth to dismiss
it as merely symbolic.
verses 30-34 we find ‘The Enduring Of Speech And Sight’. In
verse 30 we are told of what the speech of the righteous should be.
Let us not forget that the mouth is the ornament of the heart. The
mouth will always tell us what is in the heart. Nothing ever comes
accidentally from the mouth. It always has its origin in the
heart. David says we should have wisdom and judgment come from our
heart and out of our mouth. There is a threefold lesson to be
learned from a wise disciple of the heart. One is that through this
wise disciple of judgment from the heart we are advocating doing
right. Bob Jones, Sr. said, “Do right till the stars fall and it
is never right to do wrong in order to get a chance to do right”.
The second thing it displays is to have an honest verdict about
others. This old quote would come into place here, ‘If you can’t
say something nice about them, don’t say anything at all’. The
third display would be to open the mouth and warn of pending
judgment. “Prepare to meet thy God”. “It is a fearful
thing to fall into the hands of the living God”.
order to have the right speech verse 31 tells us the ‘law of God’,
which is His Word, to the child of God is the best thing. The best
thing must be in the best place (heart of the believer) and
bring forth the best result. (None of our steps will slide)
verses 31-34 we are told of our ‘enduring sight’. If God
doesn’t hold back the wicked there will be a blood bath of the
righteous. We are told to ‘wait’ on the Lord. He will not
leave us. We will inherit the land. We will be exalted and we will
see the wicked cut off. Jesus says that Satan will try to deceive
the very elect but he that endures to the end the same shall be
saved. My endurance is not dependent upon me but upon the one who
ever lives in me. To be born again is to be assured we will see the
Kingdom of God.