Summary: PEACE IN THE WAITING ROOM OF LIFE
Psalm 37:1-10 PEACE IN THE WAITING ROOM OF LIFE
Psalm 37 comes from David when he is an old man, v. 25. I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
I. DAVID'S DISCOVERY V. 1-2 Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. 2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.
The Prosperity Of The Wicked Is:-
A. False - Proverbs 23:5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
B. Fleeting - Luke 16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
C. Fake - Ecclesiastes 5:10 He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.
Look at their future!"
D. Forgotten - Ecclesiastes 8:10 And so I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place of the holy, and they were forgotten in the city where they had so done: this is also vanity.
Psalms 103:15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. 17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; 18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
II. DAVID'S DWELLING V. 3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
A. Our Dependency - :3a Trust in the LORD B. Our Deeds - :3b and do good
C. Our Dwelling - :3c so shalt thou dwell in the land, D. Our Demands - :3d and verily thou shalt be fed
III. DAVID'S DELIGHT V. 4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Heb. 12:1-3. Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
IV. DAVID'S DEPENDENCE V. 5-6 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. 6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
A. The Source Of Commitment "Commit thy way unto the LORD"
The word "commit" means "to roll onto". "What a friend we have in Jesus"
Isa. 55:2; Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
1 Pet. 5:7; Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Phil. 4:6-7. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
B. The Serenity Of Commitment "trust also in him;" and He will "bring it to pass",
He will take care of it, in His own time!
Matthew 6:27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
C. The Certainty Of Commitment 6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
Rom. 10:11; For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
Psa. 25:2-3. O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me. 3 Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.
In the end, faith in God always pays out the greatest dividends!
V. DAVID'S DISCIPLINE V. 7 Rest 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.