When Being Good Doesn't Seem Like a Good Idea | Psalm 37
Psalm 37 begins, "Do not fret because of evildoers, be not envious toward wrongdoers."
The picture painted in the psalm is of a person with little to no interest in God or in God's ways, and yet his life seems to be going great. And the person who's seeking God and walking in his ways is struggling to just make life work.
And it doesn't feel fair.
"What's going on God? Why is his/her life going so well and I'm barely making in it?!"
Ever felt that way? Ever looked around at the world and wondered, "Is being good really worth it?"
Sometimes it seems like the godless and immoral people are the ones who get ahead. So why bother being good and doing right!
That's the subject taken up in Psalm 37 and that's what we wrestle with in this episode of the Bible in life.
1Do not fret because of evildoers,
Be not envious toward wrongdoers.
2 For they will wither quickly like the grass
And fade like the green herb.
3 Trust in the Lord and do good;
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself in the Lord;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light
And your judgment as the noonday.
7 Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.
8 Cease from anger and forsake wrath;
Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.
9 For evildoers will be cut off,
But those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land.
10 Yet a little while and the wicked man will be no more;
And you will look carefully for his place and he will not be there.
11 But the humble will inherit the land
And will delight themselves in abundant prosperity.
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