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God Will Not Forsake His Saints (1) (Psalm 37:1-20)

Phillip Stuckey, June 17, 2018
Part of the Exposition of the Psalms series, preached at a Sunday Evening service

The thirty-seventh psalm is attributed to David, probably written later in his life, and is another of the wisdom psalms (Ps. 37:25). It resembles many of the proverbs and focuses on the fate of the wicked despite their apparent ease and success in this life and the faithfulness of God. This psalm has an acrostic arrangement, perhaps to help in memorization, but it is only complete in the odd-numbered verses. This psalm is quoted by the Lord in the Sermon on the Mount and contains some of the most well-known and loved verses of the Old Testament (Ps. 37:4-5, 16, 11). To some, this psalm is an explanation about how the meek will inherit the earth. Let us consider the lessons David puts forth as we are reminded that God will not forsake His saints.

Tags: Anger, Anxiety, Commitment, Faithfulness, God, Judgment, Old Testament, Praise, Prayer, Psalms, Righteous, Salvation, Trust, Wicked, Worship

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Psalm 37:1–20 (Listen)

Of David.

37:1   Fret not yourself because of evildoers;
    be not envious of wrongdoers!
  For they will soon fade like the grass
    and wither like the green herb.
  Trust in the LORD, and do good;
    dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
  Delight yourself in the LORD,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.
  Commit your way to the LORD;
    trust in him, and he will act.
  He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
    and your justice as the noonday.
  Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;
    fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way,
    over the man who carries out evil devices!
  Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!
    Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
  For the evildoers shall be cut off,
    but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land.
10   In just a little while, the wicked will be no more;
    though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there.
11   But the meek shall inherit the land
    and delight themselves in abundant peace.
12   The wicked plots against the righteous
    and gnashes his teeth at him,
13   but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
    for he sees that his day is coming.
14   The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows
    to bring down the poor and needy,
    to slay those whose way is upright;
15   their sword shall enter their own heart,
    and their bows shall be broken.
16   Better is the little that the righteous has
    than the abundance of many wicked.
17   For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,
    but the LORD upholds the righteous.
18   The LORD knows the days of the blameless,
    and their heritage will remain forever;
19   they are not put to shame in evil times;
    in the days of famine they have abundance.
20   But the wicked will perish;
    the enemies of the LORD are like the glory of the pastures;
    they vanish—like smoke they vanish away.

(ESV)

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