Psalm 37 – Wait Patiently for the Lord
Today is our last Sunday of Chris Nye’s 4-week series on finding Jesus in the Psalms. The Psalm reading for today is from Psalm 37. I’ve actually written on this Psalm once before in a post called Don’t Fret, but I decided to post the verses that we read in church today for Psalm Sunday anyway. It’s a wonderful Psalm with great advice on how to deal with “the wicked.” And David certainly had his share of wicked people plotting against him, so he should know whether this is sound advice.
A psalm of David.
1 Don’t worry about the wicked
or envy those who do wrong.
2 For like grass, they soon fade away.
Like spring flowers, they soon wither.
3 Trust in the Lord and do good.
Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
4 Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you your heart’s desires.
5 Commit everything you do to the Lord.
Trust him, and he will help you.
6 He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn,
and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.
7 Be still in the presence of the Lord,
and wait patiently for him to act.
Don’t worry about evil people who prosper
or fret about their wicked schemes.
Linda, Psalm 37 has been among my family’s favorites – likely THE favorite – for years now. There are so many good verses in it; so many rich sermons that can be (and have been) written from it. Some of our favorites? Verses 1-5; 12-13, 18-20, 22-24. Right now, we’re very much experiencing verse 34. And those I didn’t mention here do fit so many people in so many situations. A wonderful Psalm!
Pete, Personally, I don’t think there is a bad Psalm in the bunch! They are great prayers to make our own. Peace, Linda
Psalm 37:4 Delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. My first favorite verse in my very first Bible. Still warms my heart, teaches me patience, and comforts me…
Linda, That’s the verse our guest minister focused on for his sermon on Sunday. He said that what this verse means is not that God will give you what you want, but that when you delight in Him, He will give you new desires of your heart that are better than what our natural desires are. I’d never thought of that before, but I really liked it. Peace, Linda
The Lord has been speaking to me about this for a few days now over my anxiety on the reappearance of evil. I so wanted them to just fade away but I know I need to leave it to God. It’s not easy so please pray for me.
Thank you Linda for the perfect timing of your post.
He knows just what I need.
Rea, I will certainly pray for you, that you will be enabled by His Holy Spirit to trust God in this situation. He does indeed know what each of us needs. What a wonderful and awesome God we serve. Peace, Linda
This is mine, gracias!
“5 Commit everything you do to the Lord.
Trust him, and he will help you.”
Ann, The sermon today on this passage was awesome and will be a blog post later this week. Trusting, too. Peace, Linda
This is great advice!!! I don’t have to deal with what David did, but I do have some in my life that scheme. And for the longest time, I let it consume me. So thankful that Jesus helped me to turn my thoughts over to Him, to think of Him, trust Him with it all. Oh . . .and I just thought of something else . . .this will be a great one to share with others in my family who worry about what someone might be up to. God bless you as you help us in Him each day!!
Deb, Although our guest minister took his sermon in a completely different direction, I believe it is important to remember this aspect of the Psalm as we see so many wealthy people getting away with fraud or worse. In the end, their ill-gotten gain is all they will have. But we will have Jesus! 🙂 Peace, Linda