Do Not Fret

“Do not fret because of the wicked; do not be envious of wrong doers, for they will soon wither like grass.”  Psalm 37:1

Psalm 37 is filled with good advice and key words to live by. It begins by telling us not to fret, worry or be anxious about the wicked or be envious of wrong doers. The key word is SATISFACTION.

It tells us to TAKE DELIGHT in the Lord and He will give us the desires of our heart. We are admonished to COMMIT our ways to Jesus and TRUST in Him and assures us He will act.

The psalmist then gives us one of the hardest ones telling us to BE STILL before the Lord and WAIT patiently for Him, not fretting about others who prosper or carry out evil.

We are reminded that fretting leads to evil and assures us that the wicked will be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord will inherit the land. The Lord laughs at the wicked and sees that their day is coming and they will perish.

We are assured that our steps are made firm by the Lord, when He delights in our way. Even though we stumble, and we all will do from time to time, we will not fall headlong, for the Lord holds us by the hand. We should depart from evil and do good.

This wonderful psalm ends on a high note assuring us that the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord, who is our refuge in our time of trouble. He helps us and rescues us. He saves us when we take refuge in Him.

The summation of the psalm is that we are to be satisfied, take delight, commit, trust, be still and wait. Knowing that the shield of the Lord is our defense against the evil of the world.

We are saved by a righteous God, in whom we can take refuge and always trust.

By John Grant
Used by Permission
John Grant is a former Florida State Senator and is a practicing attorney

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Further Reading

•  Hope for the Hopeless

•  Fear, Faith and Migraines by Dr. Muriel Larson

•  Salvation Explained

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