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This entry is going to be about Psalm 37.  Did you guess that from the above title?  No?  Well, just keep the thought in mind.  It just seemed good to the Lord and me that I review the opening verses to this psalm this morning.  Last week’s killing sprees were horrendous.  I was saddened by them.  And, then there is Psalm 37 to remind me of real reality.  I debate over how many verses to paste for you, as I have just kept on reading – but here are verses 1 – 11:

 Ps 37:1 ¶ <<A Psalm of David.>> Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
 Ps 37:2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.
 Ps 37:3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
 Ps 37:4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
 Ps 37:5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
 Ps 37:6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
 Ps 37:7 ¶ Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
 Ps 37:8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
 Ps 37:9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.
 Ps 37:10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.
 Ps 37:11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

“A Psalm of David” – Bullinger note:  “By David and relating to the true David”  One day – SOON – The True David will take His Throne and rule with a rod of iron.  In the meantime….

“Fret not thyself because of evildoers.”  Literally: “Do not heat yourself with vexation.”  (Interlude:  Okay, read that again just in case you missed who frets you.)

  And, in verse one , we have two classifications:  “evildoers” and “workers of iniquity.”

The “evildoers” comes from a  “root which indicates its nature as breaking up all that is good or desirable; injurious to all others.” (B)

“Workers of iniquity” are those who do, make, produce, or effect unfairness, deceit, dishonest, and that which is not equal and right. (B)  (I am instructed not to be envious nor jealous of these “workers” but this is not something I cannot relate to as envious.)  However, we can most certainly relate to the work of evildoers and workers of iniquity – and, they get to identify with verse 2 and I can know for a certainty that verse 2 will take place!

Now, verse three begins my mobile illustration.  The structure that will allow the attachments is composed of two necessary branches:  TRUST IN THE LORD AND DO GOOD – and – COMMIT THY WAY UNTO THE LORD.  Without these, we will not be able to secure the attachments of  the “so shalt thous” that follow. 

When studying this psalm some years ago, I discovered that the original could read like this:

“Trust in the LORD and do good, so shalt thou dwell in the land, so shalt thou verily be fed, so shalt thou delight thyself also in the LORD; and so shalt he give thee the desires of thine heart.”

Can you see the dependence of the “so shalts” on “trusting, doing good.”  Same with verse 5, when we commit (roll thy way, repose upon) the LORD, so shall we trust in Him to bring the desires of our heart to pass.

Oh, Father, how can I not break forth with tears of praise and thanksgiving for Your Word?  I repose upon you.  I can hear Your heartbeat.  I can feel Your breath giving strength for this moment.  I trust.  I wait…………….

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November 9, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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