“A Psalm of David. 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.” Psalm 37:1-2
This month the daily Bible reading has been in the Book of Psalms, many of them written by David. David’s life is an inspiration to all of us and we find comfort and peace when we read his words. The Scripture speaks of David as being a man after God’s own heart. In I Kings 15:5 we read: “David did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.”
In Psalm 37, as well as in other Psalms, David is concerned with how God treats humanity. Sometimes God failed to reward His people and punish their enemies. We must remember that David lived long before Jesus came to earth, so He did not have the revelation of Calvary and what it meant for humanity. There Jesus defeated the enemy, broke the power of sin and death.
Even though David could not see the true picture as we know it today, this Psalm shows us that if we put absolute trust in the Lord, we will find answers. He gives us steps to take to reach that point. In these first two verses, he tells us not to fret because of the evil we see around us, and not to be envious of those who seem to prosper even though they are not serving God. God does not pay every Saturday night, and if they continue in their sin, judgment will come. We need to just keep serving God and trusting Him. God is in control.
Psalm 61:2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
Psalm 31:3 For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.
For the next few days, we will look at more of this Psalm as we consider the principles David found as the solution to his questions.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, that we know you and like David we can find the answers to our questions in your Word.
Devotion by Anne Johnston