On Psalm 37—Part 1
(Ps 37:1) Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
(Ps 37:2) For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.
A man loving the things of this world can become envious of evildoers when he sees them prosper.
(Lk 12:15) And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
Man's life is fulfilled in the Lord (Ps 36:9, Jn 14:6), just as we read in Col 2:10 that "ye are complete in him". Thus, the psalm encourages people to put their trust in him.
(Ps 37:3)NKJVTM Trust in the LORD, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
The Hebrew text does not have "His", but only states "feed on faithfulness", where the word translated here "faithfulness" is translated "faith" in "the just shall live by his faith" (Hab 2:4). Ps 37:3 is a verse that invites the hearer to live by faith.
(Ps 37:4) Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
One can try on his own to fulfill the desires of his heart. This does not work well. Solomon illustrates this point (Ec 2:1-23). If one puts his faith in God, his heart will be changed to desire the right things and his desires will be fulfilled.
(Ps 84:11) For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
(Ps 145:19) He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.
(Ps 37:5) Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
(Ps 37:6) And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
(Jn 15:7) If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
Clearly, the words of the Lord do not abide in a person that ignores them.
(Ps 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.
The Hebrew word translated "rest" in Ps 37:7 is more literally translated "be silent" or "be still".
(Ps 37:8)NKJVTM Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
Do not fret--it only causes harm.
(Ps 37:9) For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.
(Ps 37:10) For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.
(Ps 37:11) But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
Those who appear to succeed by wrong means have temporary achievements. Those who deny themselves and follow Christ are truly successful, though they may not appear so during their lifetimes.
(Mt 5:5) Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Christ "hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father" (Rev 1:6). So believers will inherit the earth and reign with him.
(Rev 5:9) And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
(Rev 5:10) And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
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