Trust in the Lord and do what is good; dwell in the land and live securely. Take delight in the Lord , and He will give you your heart’s desires. Commit your way to the Lord ; trust in Him, and He will act, making your righteousness shine like the dawn, your justice like the noonday. Refrain from anger and give up your rage; do not be agitated — it can only bring harm. For evildoers will be destroyed, but those who put their hope in the Lord will inherit the land. The Lord watches over the blameless all their days, and their inheritance will last forever. I have been young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous abandoned or his children begging for bread. Turn away from evil and do what is good, and dwell there forever.
Psalms 37:3-6, 8-9, 18, 25-25, 27
Psalm 37, written by David, is more of a summary of life statement rather than a song. He was obviously old and wise when he wrote it and he compares the life of the righteous with ghe life of the evil-doer throughout it.
He begins with the advise to trust in God and do good things. That is synoptic with dwelling safely. In other words, to trust in God and immulate His life is to dwell safely, no matter where you live! I’ve know people who hesitated to do God’s will because it looked unsafe. David’s principle would contented that to be a doer of God’s will is the safest place you could live!
Next, David advises us to delight in God and He would give, in exchange, reward us with our heart’s desires! He then tells us to commite our way to God and trust Him and that God, in turn, would display His righteousness (His character displayed in right choices) and His justice (fairness and goodness) through us like a brilliant sunrise or the blazing, noonday sun! In other words, those qualities in us would be unmistakably obvious!
David then tells us to “give up anger” at the prosperity of the wicked, but rather to wait for God is prosper us. This very statement tells me that no matter how bad life has been or how meanly people have treated us, it is POSSIBLE TO CHOOSE to lay our anger aside and give it to God! He says in this same verse that our anger will only bring us harm. He plainly states that “evil doers will be destroyed, but that those who trust in God will inherite the land”. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for an inheritance! God further promises that, “The Lord watches over the blameless all their days, and their inheritance will last forever.” (Vs 18)
David then makes a profound statement, “I have been young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous abandoned or his children begging for bread.” (Vs 25). David has lived 70 years. He’s ran from his enemies and ruled over his kingdom, but in all that time and experience had NEVER know of God to abandon the righteous! He’s NEVER seen even his off-spring begging! Good advise and incentive for us to live righteously and claim God’s promises!
We, like David did as a young boy, should choose to live life God’s way today! The benefits far outweigh to struggles!
Think about it!