Have you ever wondered why the wicked seem to prosper while the righteous seem to suffer? No one can control what happens to them, but we do control how we respond to our trials and tribulations. Psalm 37, written by David, gives us a divine prescription on how we are to handle ourselves, especially when we look at the life of a believer versus the life of the wicked. The grass might look like it is greener on the other side, but what we must remember is this is not Heaven. We are heavenly beings having a spiritual experience and our reward is living in eternity with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Earth is the closest the wicked will ever get to Heaven. They will spend eternity in a lost state separated from God. God has given us instructions on how to live successfully while on this earth in Psalm 37.
Believers are to:
1) Trust in the Lord
2) Delight ourselves in the Lord
3) Commit our way to the Lord
4) Be still before the Lord
5) Do not fret
6) Do not become an angry person
Trusting God means we are submitted to obeying God and doing His will in all things and at all times. Delighting ourselves in the Lord means that we are doing what pleases God, dying to ourselves. Commiting our way to the Lord is daily putting ourselves, everyone we love and our businesses into God’s hands so He can order our steps. It’s also important to be still in the presence of God; waiting on the Lord and not try to get ahead of God. God does not want us to fret or become hot and bothered or frustrated because we are not where we want to be at this very moment. Last but not least, we are not to become an angry person or harbor bitterness in our hearts over anyone or any situation. Release people to God and let go of the pain they brought into your life.
We all know that it is better to be saved by the blood of Jesus than to live this life without knowing Him. This Psalm tells us that evil men will be cut off but those who wait on the Lord will inherit the earth. That is one of the amazing promises that we have and we must hold onto it. We must purpose in our hearts that we are going to take God’s prescription every day just like we take a prescription from our doctor if we want to get well. Your doctor wants to take good care of you so that you live a long time. He will not do anything to harm you. How much more is God’s love for you when He knew you before you were born. He wants you to have life and life more abundantly not just here on this earth, but for all eternity and God’s prescription will never expire. It was good enough for David, and it will still be good for your children’s children.