Summary: Don’t Wrestle Just Nestle! (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
(1). The Lord Can Be Trusted (vs 1-11).
(2). The Lord Understands Your Situation (vs 12-20).
(3). The Lord Blesses His People (vs 21-31).
(4). The Lord Judges The Wicked (vs 32-40)
• I would guess that we are all familiar with the Dutch Christian Corrie ten Boom;
• Who, along with her father and other family members,
• Helped many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust during World War II;
• As a result she was imprisoned for it.
• Her most famous book, The Hiding Place, describes the ordeal.
• Corrie ten Boom had a number of well-known sayings;
• “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”
• “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
• “If you look at the world, you'll be distressed.
• If you look within, you'll be depressed. If you look at God you'll be at rest.”
• One of my favourites is: “Don't bother to give God instructions; just report for duty.”
• Corrie own favourite saying was; ‘Don’t wrestle just nestle!’
• When we are close to God, nestling in his love,
• We don’t have to wrestle with unresolvable issues.
• We can simply trust a loving God to do the right thing
• The theme of this psalm is ‘Don’t wrestle just nestle!’
• David the psalmist tells his readers again and again;
• Not to ‘fret’ or be ‘envious’ of those who choose to do wrong.
Note: Two things by way of introduction:
• Psalm 37 is a wisdom Psalm, a teaching Psalm.
• It is hard to outline because it appears to be a string of short, unconnected sentences,
• It reads a bit like sections of the book of Proverbs.
• That may be because in the Hebrew language this psalm is an acrostic,
• That means it follows the letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
• If it were written in English each section;
• (Roughly every two verses in the English translation).
• Wold start with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
• In English it would start ‘A, B, C, D…..etc. until Z.’
• Because it is Hebrew it reads ‘Aleph, Beth, Gimel…..until Taw’.
• This was probably done to help the readers memorize and meditate on God's Word.
• e.g. Preachers today often use alliteration for the same reason;
• (i.e. person, place & problem).
• If your Bible has titles above some of the psalms;
• You will note that David is identified as the author but we are not told anything else.
• Although if you scan down to verse 25;
• We are told that he wrote this psalm late in life, note the words: “Now I am old”.
• So the psalm is written in his old age after a lifetime of experience.
• And as David ponders and deliberates he writes down for us how God;
• Deals with both the righteous and the wicked.