Let’s take a closer look at Psalm 37.
What do you do when it seems like God may be far away from you? When things aren’t quite going your way? When it seems like God doesn’t hear your prayers? What do you do when it seems like you have been faithful to God, yet those around you, who are not faithful, seem to be getting everything they want?
In verse 1, David says, “fret not” for those who are “evildoers”, “wrongdoers”, who are “godless” and “wicked”…they will “fade like the grass.”
In this psalm, David instructs us to not be envious of the prosperity of the wicked because they are here today and gone tomorrow. All the prosperity of the things of this world will not last for an eternity but only for a moment.
We are learning this lesson well, aren’t we? In the midst of this pandemic, I think we are learning that all the things we thought we wanted and valued seem to be not as valuable or as important anymore.
Psalm 37: 3-7
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good;
dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act.
6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
and your justice as the noonday.
7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way,
over the man who carries out evil devices!
We can take David’s instructions to heart right now in this season of life. Instead of wanting the things of this word David says,
Two things I want us to really focus on out of these four commands is to “delight yourself in the Lord.” ( in verse 4). When was the last time you delighted in the lord? When was the last time you fixed your heart so much on God and who he is as a person, that your heart leapt with delight? Take some time today and mediate on Him for the purpose of delighting in Him.
This next command may take some time for us to get used to. In verse 7, David says “Be still before the Lord.” We have been given the gift of extra time right now. We live busy lives on the “go,” and I believe God is saying to our world, and to you and I “be still before me and wait.” Sometimes we are so busy looking at what everyone else has, and all the world has to offer, and we want it now! We lose our patience with God, and God is saying to you today “be still and wait patiently.”
It’s funny how when we delight ourselves in God, and when we just sit still in His presence, we start to see what our hearts truly desire: more of Him! What your heart thinks it wants and needs can only be satisfied in the presence of the Almighty God, who created you to be satisfied in Him and in Him alone!