DO NOT FRET OVER WICKED MEN – Psalms 37


Fret not thyself because of evil-doers, Neither be thou envious against them that work unrighteousness.

For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, And wither as the green herb.

Trust in Jehovah, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on his faithfulness.

Delight thyself also in Jehovah; And he will give thee the desires of thy heart. Commit thy way unto Jehovah; Trust also in him, and he will bring it to pass.

And he will make thy righteousness to go forth as the light, And thy justice as the noonday.

Rest in Jehovah, 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.

Psalms 37:1‭-‬7 ASV

The entire verse one is quoted almost verbatim in Proverbs 24:19; and there’s also an obvious reference to it in Proverbs 23:17.

Some have deplored the fact that David in his dealings with the problem of the prosperity of the wicked did not have the advantage of the New Testament teaching regarding the ultimate rewards of the righteous in heaven and the eternal punishment of the wicked following the Final Judgment.

Of course, it must be admitted that Old Testament writers indeed had much less information than Christians about such things; but the psalmist’s words as they appear in this chapter are fully adequate. “His faith that infinite love rules the universe, that righteousness is always gain, and that wickedness is always loss is grandly and eternally true.”

Also, it should be pointed out that faith in the resurrection of the dead belonged to all the Old Testament saints.

The writer of Hebrews noted all of the things that so many of those saints suffered, and `Why did they do it’? The answer is, “That they might obtain a better resurrection”! (Hebrews 11:35).

Psalm 37 teaches that the prosperity of the wicked is superficial and temporary, and that those who trust in God may be certain that, finally, they will be the ones who are blessed.

That marvelous aria from Mendelssohn’s Elijah, gives Psalms 37:7 here, along with Psalms 37:1, as the scriptural basis of the words of the aria, which are as follows:

“O rest in the Lord; wait patiently for Him.

And He shall give thee thy heart’s desires.

Commit thy ways unto Him, and trust in Him,

And fret not thyself because of evil-doers.”

Every Christian, at one time or another, has marvelled at the success and prosperity of men who are openly profane and wicked; and it is that problem with which the psalmist is dealing.

God’s people are repeatedly warned not to “fret.” That means not to become irritated, angry, disturbed, or upset by what must appear to many as an injustice.

The caution is that we should,`wait,’ `trust in the Lord,’ `commit our way unto God,’ and `rest’ in Him. And what will God do?

He will continue his `faithfulness’ toward us; he will give us the desires of our hearts (according to the margin, this means the things we have prayed for); he will `bring it to pass’; and he will `make the righteous go forth as the light’ and the justice of his saints to shine as the noon sun.”

These are among the most magnificent promises in the Bible, and God’s people can afford to trust them.

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