Verse of the Day Devotion: Psalm 37:7
“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.” – Psalm 37:7
This verse comes from a psalm of David. In verse 1 we see the following. “Do not fret because of evildoers, Be not envious toward wrongdoers.” Psalm 37:1. The Hebrew word translated ‘FRET’ can be defined as a burning anger, displeasure, grief or jealousy. Therefore the idea of verse one is do not be angry or jealous because of evil doers. The writer of Proverbs has the same basic words in chapter 24. “Do not fret because of evildoers Or be envious of the wicked.” Proverbs 24:19. This general idea is important because if we fret over an evildoer’s success, what good will it do us? In a word, nothing. It will only cause us to stress out and focus on them rather than God. And we may ask the question why him and not me? God has His plans and they are good. Therefore, do we trust Him in this or not? That should be the question we ask.
So how does God say we should respond to this situation? Our focus verse gives us this answer. “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.” Psalm 37:7. We are to sit back and be patient. The Hebrew word translated ‘REST’ means to be mute , silent, and still. The idea behind the phrase “Rest in the Lord” is to be silent to Jehovah. Another way to put it is, be silent and leave the whole matter with God without being anxious as to the result.
A great example of this is Daniel. If you remember, King Darius was tricked into signing a statute “that anyone who makes a petition to any god or man besides you, O king, for thirty days, shall be cast into the lions’ den.” Daniel 6:7b. Now notice verse 10. “Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously.” Daniel 6:10. Daniel was going to pray to God no matter what. The commissioners, those who convinced Darius to sign the edict, found him praying and forced Darius to be thrown in the lion’s den. The next day. Darius goes near the Den and finds Daniel alive and well. Daniel then explains how. “My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths and they have not harmed me, inasmuch as I was found innocent before Him; and also toward you, O king, I have committed no crime.” Daniel 6:22.
Daniel knew they had evil motives against him, but he proceeded as he normally would, in peace. And in situations as these we should as well. Anytime we see evil people succeeding where we are not but wish we were, we need to trust God and faithfully await the day when this ends. For though they appear to succeed now, it will not always be so. “For evildoers will be cut off, But those who wait for the LORD, they will inherit the land. 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. But the humble will inherit the land And will delight themselves in abundant prosperity.” Psalm 37:9-11. We need to trust God knowing that those who remail evildoers will one day be no more, and we who trust God shall inherit the land and have abundant prosperity. We shall have eternal joy and peace, they will not. Trust God that all will be better. Remember, it is better to have temporary pain and eternal prosperity, then to have temporary prosperity and eternal pain.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.