Summary: Don’t worry about the wicked...
May 22, 2011
It’s easy to get discouraged especially when it seems as though the wicked prosper over the righteous. Why should we continue on in our faith if wickedness seems to pay off?
Apparently David was asked a similar question and we find his answer here in the 37rd Psalm. We begin with:
ENCOURAGEMENT FOR THE RIGHTEOUS:
#1- Do not envy the wicked because they will be cut down and withered
Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. 2For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.
Don’t worry yourself over them, and don’t be envious of them. They may seem to be prosperous, but they’re more like grass that’s easily mowed down. They’re not like oak trees—they’re more like plants (green herbs).
#2- Trust completely in the Lord for sustenance and prosperity
3Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
We trust in the Lord, and, therefore, we do good. He causes us to dwell in the land. The wicked are compared to grass mowed down, but we’re called residents and we are fed. We have all we need from His hand both spiritually and physically.
4Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
We delight ourselves in the Lord. The wicked delight in themselves and their comforts, but we look to Him. He alone is our joy and happiness. He alone is our contentment and prosperity, our comfort. In doing this we find fulfillment for every desire of our hearts because He alone will never fail us or fall short.
5Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. 6And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
We prepare the horse for battle, but we know victory belongs to Him (Prov. 21:31). We plan to go here or there, but we know it’s only according to His will (Jas. 4:13).
We commit our way to Him, and we know He will bring it to pass. He gets all the glory for all our successes and all the praise in our “failures.”
And He makes our righteousness in Christ shine like the noonday sun! What a contrast between the righteous and wicked—they are mowed down and withered, but we shine brightly.
7Rest 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 world goes on in its strivings, but all things are complete for us in Christ. We rest, and we wait patiently. We don’t worry about the wicked.
8Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
It’s tempting to be angry or wrathful towards the wicked, but David warns against it. We, the righteous, do not participate in their evil. We overcome evil with good (Rom. 12:21).
We are different from them:
THE END OF THE RIGHTEOUS AND OF THE WICKED COMPARED:
#1- The wicked are cut off forever, but the righteous will inherit the earth
9For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.