On Psalm 37—Part 3
(Ps 34:9) O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.
The verse above can remind us that the believer is provided with that which is needed for following the Lord. This includes things that he should share with others. As stated in Ps 37:21, the righteous man is kind and gives to those in need. It should be noted here, however, that Ps 34:9 does not state that the believer will never lack absolutely anything. (One way to confirm this point is by looking to the Hebrew words and examining the manner in which they are used in other passages. The word אין which is translated "no" in "no want" admits exceptions. Indeed, note that the phrase אין גם אחד "no, not one" follows אין עשה טוב "there is none that doeth good" in Ps 14:3. Since the phrase "no, not one" had to be added, we infer that אין in "there is none that doeth good" is not sufficient for expressing the idea that in the context of Ps 14:3 there is not even one that does good.)
(Ps 37:21) The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.
(Ps 37:22) For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.
The verse above may remind us of the time when the Lord will return. Then, "before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats" (Mt 25:32). "Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world" (Mt 25:34). "Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels" (Mt 25:41).
(Ps 37:23) The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
In the verse above, the Hebrew word for "are ordered" means "are established".
(Ps 37:24) Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
(Pr 24:16)MKJV for a just one falls seven times, and rises up again; but the wicked shall fall into evil.
(Ps 37:25)KJV I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
(Ps 37:26) He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.
(Lk 6:35)EMTV But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping to receive nothing back; and your reward shall be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.
(Lk 6:36) Therefore be compassionate, just as your Father also is compassionate.
(Ps 37:27)KJV Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.
(Ps 37:28) For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.
(Ps 37:29) The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.
(Rev 21:7) He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
(Ps 37:30) The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.
The word translated "speaketh" means also "meditates". The statement that "his tongue talketh of judgment" refers to the fact that he speaks of what is right. It does not refer to a judgmental attitude.
(Ps 37:31) The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.
The fact that the "law of his God is in his heart" can remind us of these words of Jesus: "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me ... If a man love me, he will keep my words ... " (Jn 14:21, 23). The verb for "to keep" literally means "to guard". While the life of the believer cannot be conformed perfectly to the commandments of the Lord (Ro 7:14-25), he can guard/watch them in order to avoid breaking them. The first commandment is to love God. This implies watching all his other commandments. "And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment" (Mk 12:29-30).
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