Observe, God orders the steps of a good man; not only his way in general, by his written word, but his particular steps, by the whispers of conscience, saying, This is the way, walk in it. Neither be thou envious, &c. — Esteeming them happy, and secretly wishing that thou wert in their condition. He will preserve them to his heavenly kingdom; that is a preservation for ever, 2 Tim. a. Rest in the LORD speaks of a particular kind of rest – the rest of silence, ceasing from words of self-defense. Depart from evil, and do good: The righteous man or woman trusts in God, but also receives and values moral instruction. The Lord laughs at him, And their inheritance shall be forever. Into smoke they shall vanish away: Adam Clarke noted that some ancient manuscripts render this line differently. This lament psalm – like most lament psalms – has David working through dealing with his enemies. “If the spotless Lamb of God was silent, before those who were divesting him of his honours, and robbing him of his life, ‘silent’ resignation cannot but become one who suffers for his sins.” (Horne). 23:17; 24:19) not fret because of evildoers,Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.For they shall s II. Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. The psalmist saw that many evil people had everything that they wanted. “And the day is coming, when he who hath stood tamely at the bar of men, and hath suffered for truth and righteousness, shall be advanced to a throne among the saints and martyrs, to assist at the trial of his once-insulting judges.” (Horne). It is part of the character of a righteous man (v. 30) that his mouth speaketh wisdom; not only he speaks wisely, but he speaks wisdom, like Solomon himself, for the instruction of those about him. There is but this word to denote the authorship; whether it was a song or a meditation we are not told. He has not promised to gratify all the appetites of the body and the humours of the fancy, but to grant all the desires of the heart, all the cravings of the renewed sanctified soul. For evil-doers shall be cut off — Namely, from the earth, as appears by comparing this with the next clause, and with Psalm 34:16.Their end shall certainly be most miserable. David reminds us that their salvation is from the LORD, and that He is their strength in the time of trouble. 2. (1.) Psalms 37:39 - But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord ; He is their strength in time of trouble. Balaam himself wished that his death and his last end might be like that of the righteous Num. 2:5 . This can even be seen in the English translation of the NRSV since the editors chose to divide each “stanza” of the forty total verses by a blank space. Unto the pure all things are pure, Tit. Psalm 37:1 Do not fret because of evildoers, Be not envious toward wrongdoers. We must not think to trust in God and then live as we list. They are proud and insolent, but God shall pour contempt upon them. The reasons to enforce this duty are much the same too, taken from the certain destruction of the wicked and the certain salvation of the righteous. Preferment. We may request cookies to be set on your device. c. He is ever merciful, and lends: In times of scarcity, the righteous one not only receives God’s provision, but with a generous and merciful heart he lends to others in need. If we make conscience of obedience to God, we may then take the comfort of a complacency in him. We are here cautioned against discontent at the prosperity and success of evil-doers (. I am now grey-headed myself; I have travelled in different countries, and have had many opportunities of seeing and conversing with religious people in all situations in life; and I have not, to my knowledge, seen one instance to the contrary. Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord; but undone, for ever undone, are the dead that die in their sins. Sit still, and see how the matter will fall, Ruth. The Story of Psalm 37 We call a person that writes a psalm a "psalmist". If He is our delight, He gives us more of Himself. (c) 2020 The Enduring Word Bible Commentary by David Guzik – ewm@enduringword.com. Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. And his descendants are blessed. Next » Chapter 38. He had acted his part and then quitted the stage, and there was no miss of him. There is but this word to denote the authorship; whether it was a song or a meditation we are not told. Their coming doom was just as certain as the coming blessing and security of the righteous. © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . 15:16 . 1-22; to put their confidence in God, and live to his glory, as this is … 1. Fretfulness and envy are sins that are their own punishments; they are the uneasiness of the spirit and the rottenness of the bones; it is therefore in kindness to ourselves that we are warned against them. b. And He delights in his way. Click to enable/disable _gat_* - Google Analytics Cookie. For the LORD knows the days of the upright: “He is acquainted with all his circumstances, severings, and ability to bear them; and he will either shorten his trials or increase his power.” (Clarke). “The ‘meek’ are they who bear their own adversities, and the prosperity of their enemies, without envy, anger, or complaint.” (Horne), ii. In the present day, God guides the steps of a good man. ii. Psalm 37. Eliphaz, long before, had learned, when he saw the foolish taking root, to curse his habitation, Job. Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright: The righteous men and women of this world get little attention. 43:4 . 119:165 ), that abundance of peace which is in the kingdom of Christ (Ps. Duty is ours, and we must mind it and make conscience of it, keep God’s way and never turn out of it nor loiter in it, keep close, keep going; but events are God’s and we must refer ourselves to him for the disposal of them; we must wait on the Lord, attend the motions of his providence, carefully observe them, and conscientiously accommodate ourselves to them. The inheritance of the upright is eternal. And He shall exalt you to inherit the land; (2.) Let all people mark the perfect man, and behold the upright; take notice of him to admire him and imitate him, keep your eye upon him to observe what comes of him, and you will find that the end of that man is peace. “As God said in the beginning, ‘Let there be light, and there was light;’ so he shall say, Let thy innocence appear, and it will appear as suddenly and as evident as the light was at the beginning.” (Clarke). Most of all, it shows that when we delight ourselves in the LORD, He gives us our delight. a. The foregoing reasons, taken from the approaching ruin of the wicked notwithstanding their prosperity, and the real happiness of the righteous notwithstanding their troubles, are here much enlarged upon and the same things repeated in a pleasing variety of expression. You can also change some of your preferences. 4:8 . Though he may at times fall (in the sense of stumbling), he will not fall away – that is, shall not be utterly cast down. Do not fret because of those who are evilor be envious of those who do Psalm 37:1-3 “Fret not yourself because They shall inherit the earth. 12:7 .6. Those that have sinned together shall be damned together. 1. They accomplish nothing except harm. Chapter 37. Psalm 22:8.” (Kidner). For the … The wicked watches the righteous, and seeks to slay him: In considering the remarkable blessings God has appointed to the righteous, David did not think it meant life would be easy. Do not fret because of those who are evilor be envious of those who do Psalm 37 Commentary. Our strength is to sit still. And seeks to slay him. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes at him with his teeth: Earlier in this psalm, David contrasted the fate of the righteous with the fate of the wicked. Be not angry at any thing that God does, but forsake that wrath; it is the worst kind of wrath that can be. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. This psalm doesn’t come from an ivory tower. 22:31, Lu. Commentary for Psalms 37 . 67:6 . he is not only displeased with them, but he despises them and all their attempts as vain and ineffectual, and their malice as impotent and in a chain; for he sees that his day is coming, that is, [1.] Yet that is not all; for, 3. Observe here,I. And it is indefinitely said, ‘His delights were with the sons of men,’ Proverbs 8:31. I cried to the Lord with my voice, And He heard me from His holy hill. And have bent their bow, When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it: For the fifth time in this psalm, David promised that the wicked would be cut off or cut down in some sense. But the transgressors shall be destroyed together; "THE BOOK OF PSALMS" Psalm 37 - The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth OBJECTIVES IN STUDYING THIS PSALM 1) To learn why we should not fret, become angry, or be envious of the wicked when they … (2.) 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