Posted: November 23, 2007
We have been for several weeks studying Psalm 37
where David is comparing the outcome of the wicked and the righteous.
The age-old question is asked, ‘How can the wicked prosper while the
righteous suffer loss?’ Let us look this week at Psalm 37 and
verses 34-40 of which I have entitled “Their Experiences Are
Concluded”. Have your Bible in hand as we unpack these precious
In verse 34 I find ‘A Concluding
Experience With Truth’. I tapped into these verses last week but
let me tap into them again today. There are four key words in this
verse. The words are ‘wait’, ‘keep’, ‘inherit’,
and ‘see’. Oh my friend these are powerful words of concluding
truths. We are to ‘wait’ on the Lord. It demands persistent
patience and it is the hardest of all Christian virtues. While we wait
we must ‘keep’ (garrison around) His ways in our life. David
said when we do these things there will be definite conclusions. For
the righteous we will be exalted in an earthly kingdom and we will see
the wicked cut off suddenly and without warning. This is a truth that
can be banked on; it will stand true when the world is on fire. The
wicked that have seemingly prospered in the world will be cut off and
the righteous who has suffered loss here will be exalted over there.
In verses 35-36 there is ‘A
Concluding Experience Of Time’. David opens the journal of time and
tells us what he has been blessed to observe. He says “I have seen
the wicked in great power,” He has certainly in his life with King
Saul seen it up close and personal. The wicked, our text says, spread
themselves like a ‘great green bay tree’. I am reminded of
Nebuchadnezzar who was a strong high tree only to be cut down to a
stump. In verse 36 we see time is under God’s control. David said the
wicked ‘passed away’ and though you may seek you will seldom find
any evidence of their existence. “Men who were in everybody’s mouth
but yesterday are forgotten tomorrow, for only virtue is immortal.”
We shall never find time to be in man’s
favor. We are old by John that their time is at hand. This is the time
of His coming. The passing of time brings old age, the break down of
the body, and the first death. Paul tells us to redeem the time for the
days are evil. Let us not waste it for it is so precious. We can never
turn back the clock save in our memory.
The only person time is on the side of
is the lost sinner who has not yet died and gone to Hell. If he is
still alive it is just a little time he will not spend in Hell.
Let us lastly examine verses 37-40
which I have entitled, ‘A Concluding Experience in Trust’. In
verse 40c we see the little phrase “…because they trust in him.”
The word ‘trust’ has the idea of casting the whole being upon the
Lord, all the thoughts, doings, and feelings leaning upon Him
completely. What is to be gained by such an act? In verse 37 we are
told he will be a marked man. He will have the mark of a ‘perfect’
man. (Mature in his walk) He will be ‘upright’. (Christ-like in
his walk) He will be a man of ‘peace’. This speaks of
tranquility, easy yoke, light burden and where none of the circumstances
of life ever rob you of your rest.
In verse 38 the wicked transgressor
trust in themselves. They will be cut off and perish forever.
We are told in verses 38-40 that
because of their trust in the Lord they will find ‘strength’, ‘help’,
and ‘deliverance’ in a time of trouble. Our question of why do
the wicked prosper while the righteous suffer will be made clear in the
end of time. It is answered so well in the words of this song!
Tempted and tried we’re oft made to
wonder, Why it must be thus all the day long, While there are others
living about me, Never molested tho’ in the wrong.
When death has come and taken our
loved ones, It leaves our home so lonely and drear. Then do we wonder
why others prosper, living so wicked year after year.
Faithful till death said our loving
master, A few more days to labor and wait. Trials of the road will seem
as nothing as we sweep through the beautiful gate.
When we see Jesus coming in glory,
When He comes from His home in the sky. Then we shall meet Him in that
bright morning, We’ll understand is all by and by.
Farther along we’ll know all about
it. Farther along we’ll understand why.
Cheer up my brother, live in the
sunshine. We’ll understand it all by and by.