Topic: Do not worry about evildoers

Do not worry about evildoers

Psalms 37
1 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. 3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. 4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 5 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. 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. 8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. 9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.

Chapter 37 of Psalms is concerned with how Christians behave in the presence of evil men and women. Wicked people are often found in situations where, from the outside, they appear to be quite prosperous and something to be envied and sometimes feared. This chapter warns against worry that is based out of envy and worry based on fear. We should not be envious of these people because, as the second verse tells us, they are soon cut down like grass. Whatever they may have of material value will not benefit them when they are dead. We should also not fear these people. God is still in control, and he will defend his people. We will inherit the earth, while evil people will not.

When we are faced with stressful and scary circumstances, we should turn our attention to God and not on the thing that is stressful and scary. We will find peace in God, not in worry. Worrying only deprives us of joy and denies God an important place in our lives. God wants us to bring our burdens to him, he wants us to pray and seek his wisdom. He is pleased when we do this and rewards us for our faithfulness to him. So, every day, take a break, and think on this. Let us think about the things that are causing us stress and take those to God. Also, stop and read the entire 37th chapter of Psalms. This chapter contains some wonderful promises; both to us and to wicked people. To the wicked, God promises judgment, and to his people, he promises peace and blessing.


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