Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: he will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.
Psalm 37:4-6 (NIV)
Read: Psalm 37
Consider: Have you ever thought just how much what you see in life influences your thought processes? We have to recognise that we often despair when we see wickedness prosper and good being held back.
Psalm 37 contrasts the lives of those who commit their life to God and those who stand in opposition to him.
The writer of the Psalm highlights that while those who oppose God may experience temporary success (in the world’s eyes), ultimately they lose as they will have to stand before God in judgement. The psalmist doesn’t write the psalm so that he (or we) can gloat over the fate of evil people, he writes it so that those who love God can have confidence that God deals with this in his time.
The fact that the wicked seem to prosper and that righteous people don’t is as true today as it was in David’s time. Nothing much has changed. There are still those who don’t appreciate that there is a spiritual dimension to life and put their trust in themselves – seeking to get on in life by scheming, abusing and hurting others in their quest for success.
What we must never forget is that God is in control and that any success the wicked may have is purely temporary. In the long-run they lose. Having ignored God, they are destined to spend eternity without God (something they have desired while living on earth).
The psalmists opening words are still true today – 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.
Psalm 37:1-2 (NIV)
Pray: Father, when we see evil people prospering we often feel a sense of injustice. Help us not to fret, but to commit our way to you and to trust in you all the more. Amen