Summary: Shows what we must and must not do to have a worry free life.
Security of Those Who Trust in the LORD
PSALMS 37: 1 10
1 Do not fret because of evildoers, Be not envious toward wrongdoers.
2 For they will wither quickly like the grass And fade like the green herb.
3 Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate 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 also in Him, and He will do it.
6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your judgment as the noonday.
7 Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.
8 Cease from anger and forsake wrath; Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.
9 For evildoers will be cut off, But those who wait for the LORD, they will inherit the land.
10 Yet a little while and the wicked man will be no more;
SECURITY i.e.; SAFETY, PROTECTION, IMMUNITY, SHIELD, DEFENSE, INVULNERABILITY, SALVATION, SHELTER & REFUGE.
IN THESE VERSES WE ARE TOLD THREE THINGS NOT TO DO AND SIX TO DO, SO WE CAN HAVE THIS SECURITY. WE WILL LOOK FIRST AT THE DO’S.
I & 2. VERSE 3 Trust in the LORD and do good
* Confide in him; rest on him. Instead of allowing the mind to be disturbed and sad, because there are wicked men upon the earth; because they are prosperous and apparently happy; because they may injure you in your person or reputation, calmly confide in God. Leave all this in his hands. Feel that he rules, and that what he permits is wisely permitted; and that whatever may occur, it will all be overruled for his own glory and the good of the universe.
(a) If there are wicked men in the world, if wickedness abounds around us, there is the more reason for our endeavoring to do good. If others are doing evil, we should do good; if they are wicked, we cannot do a better work than to do good to them, for the best way of meeting the wickedness of the world is to do it good.
(b) The best way to keep the mind from complaining, and grumbling, is to be always engaged in doing good; to have the mind always occupied in something valuable and useful. Each one should have so much of his own to do that he will have no need to murmur and complain, to allow the mind to prey on itself, or to "corrode" for lack of good thoughts.
3. VERSE 4 Delight yourself in the LORD, And He will give you the desires of your heart.
*The "askings," or the "requests" of thy heart. What you really "desire" will be granted to you. That is,
(a) the fact that you seek your happiness in him will REGULATE your desires, so that you will be "disposed" to ask only those things which it will be proper for him to grant; and
(b) the fact that you DO find your happiness in him will be a reason why he will grant your desires. The fact that a child loves his father, and finds his happiness in doing his will, will do much to direct his own "wishes" or "desires," and will at the same time be a reason why the father will be disposed to comply with his requests.
4. VERSE 5 Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
*Commit your way to the LORD, Hebrew, "Roll your way upon, the Lord." The idea is that of rolling a heavy burden from ourselves on another, or laying it upon him, so that he may bear it. The burden, which we have not got strength to bear we may lay on God. The term "way" means properly the act of treading or going; then, a way or path; then, a course of life, or the manner in which one lives; and the reference here is to the whole course of life, or all that can affect life; all our plans or conduct; all the issues or results of those plans. It is equivalent here to "lot" or "destiny." Everything, in regard to the manner in which we live, and all its results, are to be committed to the Lord. Hebrew, "He will do it." That is, He will bring it to a proper issue; He will secure a happy result. He will take care of your interests, and will not permit you to suffer, or to be ultimately wronged. The thing particularly referred to here, as appears from the next verse, is reputation or character.