“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Psalm 37, “Fret Not Thyself Because of Evil Doers,” A Psalm of David, V

Christian Living

“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,” V, Psalm 37:21) The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again:  but the Righteous Sheweth Mercy, and Giveth.  22) For such as be Blessed Of HIM Shall Inherit The Earth; and they that be Cursed Of HIM Shall Be Cut Off.  Proverbs 3:33.  23) The steps of a good man are Ordered By THE LORD:   And HE Delighteth in his way.  Psalm 121:3.  24) Though he fall, he shall not be Utterly Cast Down:  For THE LORD Upholdeth him With HIS HAND.  Micah 7:8; 2 Corinthians 4:9.  25) I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the Righteous Forsaken, Nor HIS Seed Begging Bread.  26) HE Is Ever Merciful, And Lendeth; And HIS Seed Is Blessed.  27) Depart from evil, And Do Good; And Dwell Forevermore.  28) For THE LORD Loveth Judgment, And Forsaketh Not HIS Saints; They Are Preserved For Ever; but the seed of the wicked Shall Be Cut Off.  Psalm 11:7.  

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 – v21-23, The Righteous Show Mercy:  There are many contrasts between the wicked and the Righteous in the Wisdom Psalms; this one is based on contrasting attitudes toward possessions (15:5; 112:5).  Of All The Things On The Earth That GOD HAS CREATED, Only One Will Last—People.  ALL MATERIAL THINGS WILL PASS AWAY (2 Peter 3:10-12).  v24, upholds him:  The Righteous know that when they fall, they are never left lying there; when they stumble, they are never Completely Forsaken.  v25, begging bread:  These Words may be viewed from two perspectives:  (1) The hunger of the Righteous is temporary and will be replaced by fullness in the days to come; and (2) There is a hunger that the Righteous never need to suffer:  They Are Never Deprived Of THE LORD’S PRESENCE  (see John 6:35).  Perhaps this is also a Call To Help The Righteous When They Do Suffer Hunger In The World.  v26-29, The same Command to Depart From Evil is found in 34:14.  In this life people must chose to either Cling To GOD And Righteousness, or to pursue evil.  THE WAY OF GOD LEADS TO EVERLASTING LIFE.  THE LORD LOVES JUSTICE:  Because GOD Stands Opposed To Injustice, GOD”S People Ought To Love The Things That HE Loves And Detest The Things That HE Hates.

Quest Study Bible – v27,  See “What was the significance of inheriting land?”  (37:9).

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v21-33, THE LORD Our GOD Requires That We Do Justly, and render to all their due.  It is a great sin for those that are able, to deny the payment of just debts; it is a great misery not to be able to pay them.  He that is Truly Merciful, will be Ever Merciful.  We Must Leave Our Sins; Learn To Do Well, And Cleave To It.  This Is True Religion.  The Blessing Of GOD Is The Spring, Sweetness, And Security Of All Earthly Enjoyments.  And if we are sure of This, we are sure not to want any thing in this world.  BY HIS GRACE AND HOLY SPIRIT, HE DIRECTS THE THOUGHTS, AFFECTIONS, AND DESIGNS OF GOOD MEN.  BY HIS PROVIDENCE HE OVERRULES EVENTS, SO AS TO MAKE THEIR WAY PLAIN.  HE DOES NOT ALWAYS SHOW THEM HIS WAY FOR A DISTANCE, BUT LEADS THEM STEP BY STEP, AS CHILDREN ARE LED.  GOD WILL KEEP THEM FROM BEING RUINED BY HEIR FALLS, EITHER INTO SIN OR INTO TROUBLE, THOUGH SUCH AS FALL INTO SIN WILL BE SORELY HURT.  Few, if any, have known the Consistent Believer, or HIS Children, reduced to abject, friendless want.  GOD FORSAKES NOT HIS SAINTS IN AFFLICTION; AND IN HEAVEN ONLY THE RIGHTEOUS SHALL DWELL FOR EVER; THAT WILL BE THEIR EVERLASTING HABITATION.  A good man may fall into the hands of a messenger of Satan, and be sorely buffeted, BUT GOD WILL NOT LEAVE him IN his ENEMIES HANDS.  Amen.       

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