The Bible's Song Book - Lesson 8
The Bible’s Song Book
A Study of the Psalms
Pastor Robert Soverall
Lesson 8: Psalm 37
This is a long song! Some songs are like that. Sometimes, the length is due to extended musical sections that allow the listener to get immersed in the groove or “vibe”. Most of the time, the length allows the singer to really hammer home the theme of the lyrics. What’s the theme here? GOD’s faithful ones are not to envy godless people in any way or for any reason. This psalm expounds on that theme by comparing the lives & legacies of the “wicked” versus those of the righteous:
The wicked wither and wilt but the righteous dwell securely (vs.2-3).
Evildoers will be destroyed, but the righteous will inherit the land (vs.9).
The wicked will soon be no more but the humble will enjoy abundant prosperity (vs.10-11).
The little that the righteous has is better than the abundance of the wicked (vs. 16-17).
“The wicked man borrows and does not repay; but the righteous one is gracious and giving” (Psalm 37:21 all references here are from the HSCB).
There are more such comparisons in this psalm; take the time to read them. They will not only encourage you but they will inform your actions the next time you feel pressured to compromise when you see an unprincipled person getting ahead. We’ve all been there...
There are some legendary verses in this psalm that deserve mentioning:
Verses 23-24: GOD has ordered your steps. You won’t fall (to utter destruction) because He holds your hand. Do you believe that? Then remember this promise as you live your life!
Verse 25 is not just for “old people”. It’s for people who have history. Even young people can look back and see how GOD has led and provided in their past. GOD’s dealings with your yesterdays are an assurance that He will carry out every promise regarding your tomorrows!
Think about it: why does it seem so hard to do the right thing at times? Why does GOD put us through this struggle? What do I get out of it?
Extend your faith—in times like these we may be forced to curtail our giving. But remember what this song teaches about the generosity of the righteous. Can/will you trust GOD in a difficult season?
Pray: Dear GOD—if I keep my eyes on YOU, I won’t be tempted to envy someone who is wicked or ungodly. Help me, LORD, to stay focused...