“Emmanuel,” Norman Hutchins
Fret – Worry
Psalm 37 – Is a Wisdom Psalm written as a Acrostic (a poem, word puzzle). Its simple message is to Maintain Patience In The Midst Of Troubles. God’s People can have such Patience because they know that their Eternal Reward Will Abundantly Surpass Any Temporal Troubles. Amen.
“Fret Not Thyself Because of Evil Doers,” IV, Psalm 37:14) The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation. 15) Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken. 16) A little that a Righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked. Proverbs 15:16; 1 Timothy 6:6. 17) For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: But THE LORD Upholdeth The Righteous. 18) THE LORD Knoweth The Days Of The Upright: and their Inheritance shall be For Ever. 19) They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied. 20) But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of THE LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume (vanish); into smoke shall they consume (vanish) away.
Quest Study Bible – v3-25, “If we Trust In God, are we guaranteed safety?” This is a General Promise, not a Specific one. Safe pasture (v. 3, NIV) sounds like physical safety, but other Passages in The Bible suggest a Broader Interpretation. We can conclude that Spiritual Safety Is Always Guaranteed Even If Physical Safety Sometimes Is Not. The Bible speaks not only of those who were saved from physical threats, but also of those who were not. The Book of Hebrews recounts the stories of nameless martyrs (11:35-38), And JESUS TOLD HIS FOLLOWERS THAT SOME WOULD BE KILLED (John 16:2). EVEN JESUS EXPERIENCED PHYSICAL SUFFERING AND DEATH. Throughout history, many Righteous people have tragically lost their lives. GOD Did Not Always Rescue Them. Members of the early Church were tortured and died cruel deaths. Such maltreatment has continued even into the present. Some point out that more died as Christian Martyrs in the twentieth century than in any previous century. The writer of this Psalm had seen the wicked thrive and the Righteous Suffer. But in spite of that, he still could speak of Safety For The Righteous because he Chose To Focus On GOD And HIS Goodness. Though the reasons behind life’s tragedies often remain a mystery, the psalmist, By Faith, could assert that GOD WOULD NOT ABANDON HIS PEOPLE. Amen.
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v13-17, THE LORD LAUGHS: These words recall the Scornful Laughter in (Psalm) 2:4. What sheer horror for the wicked to hear GOD”S LAUGHTER Directed Against Them! Contrast This Laughter With The Delight That THE LORD Finds In The Ways Of The Righteous (v. 23). v18-20, The Phrase THE LORD KNOWS THE DAYS OF THE UPRIGHT has several meanings; (1) GOD KNOWS Our Circumstances And Provides For Us; (2) GOD KNOWS How Long We Will Live And Will Sustain Us Until The End (90:12); (3) GOD KNOWS THAT OUR DAYS ON EARTH Are Only The Beginning Of Our Days WITH HIM IN ETERNITY.
Quest Study Bible – v20, “Perish … vanish like smoke,” See Cut off (37:9).
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v7-20, Let us be satisfied that GOD Will Make All To Work For Good To Us. Let us not discompose (disturb or agitate) ourselves at what we see in this world. A Fretful, discontented spirit is open to many temptations. For, in all respects, (that) which is alloted to the Righteous, is more comfortable and more profitable than the ill-gotten and abused riches of ungodly men. It comes from a Hand Of Special LOVE. God Provides Plentifully And Well, Not Only For HIS Working Servants, But For HIS Waiting Servants. They Have That Which Is Better Than Wealth, PEACE OF MIND, PEACE WITH GOD, AND THEN PEACE IN GOD, THAT PEACE WHICH THE WORLD CANNOT GIVE, AND WHICH THE WORLD CANNOT HAVE. GOD KNOWS THE BELIEVERS DAYS. Not One Day’s Work Shall Go Unrewarded. Their Time On Earth Is Reckoned (Counted) By Days, Which Will Soon Be Numbered, But Heavenly Happiness Shall Be For Ever. This Will Be A Real Support To Believers In Evil Times. Those That Rest On THE ROCK OF AGES (That Rock Is JESUS), Have No Reason To Envy The Wicked The Support Of Their Broken Reeds (Something relied on for support).