Psalm 37: “The Wicked Will Not Prosper”
We’ve seen similar psalms like this one already (see Psalm 10), and we’ll see it again when we get to Psalm 73. Christians can get quite frustrated when there seems to be a “better life” for those who are not followers of Christ, than those who faithfully follow Him. David faces the same issues, and I’m sure many before his time. What this psalm does is teach us what really happens to the wicked. It is said to us immediately too, where he says “do not fret” and in countering that thought, we ought to “trust in the Lord, and do good.”we are to seek His delight, not the delight of those around us in the world, instead looking towards the Kingdom. He says that we must remain faithful, and refrain from anger. Why? Because the evil will be “cut off”. This may be a direct reference to the people of Israel and how that first generation never made it to the promised land, due to their disobedience (see Numbers 20:10). If this is so, we still know it is a picture of salvation today. Those who rebel are cut off, while those who are in Christ live. This psalm is really simply saying, “the wicked will perish, and those who are in Christ will live in paradise with the Lord.” If we spend too much of our time concerning ourselves how successful someone else appears to be, then we completely take our eyes off of Jesus. He says “focus on Me” and “trust Me”. He says “you have been set apart” and “the wicked are not like you, because I have changed your heart.” Do you spend more time comparing your life others, or do you strive to be more like Jesus?