Psalm 37 (cont’d): Do not fret (and, again!)


Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
    do not fret—it leads only to evil.
For those who are evil will be destroyed,
    but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.

 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
    though you look for them, they will not be found.
But the meek will inherit the land
    and enjoy peace and prosperity. (Psalm 37:8-11)

David is committed to hitting “do not fret” home in Psalm 37. For the third time in this Psalm David encourages us not to fret. David reminds us that fretting leads to evil. Not only does it damage out emotional well being and our health, fretting leads to evil. It leads to anger, resentment, self-pity, revenge- all sin that gives the devil a foothold. Deny the devil that foothold by retaining self-control through a continued commitment to trust God every step of the way.

 In your anger do not sin” Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” (Ephesians 4:26-27)

David reminds us in that the wicked will not be causing evil for very long. We will be free of their tumult and muck. God promises that a time is coming when we won’t need to anticipate the next scheme of the evildoers. Instead we are promised a forever, and it is filled with peace and prosperity.

There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? (John 14:2)

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