Psalm 37:5-8 - The Verses Project

Bible Psalm 37:5-8

Posted February 18, 2013

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.

This week’s set of verses is a continuation from last week’s verses (Psalm 37:1-4). David continues in the same line of thinking here as he urges us to do a few things and then gives us the reasons why.

First, he calls us to commit our way to the Lord and trust in him. The truth is that each of us will commit our way to something or someone; we will put our trust somewhere. Be it a pursuit of money, power, love, success, happiness, or (fill-in-the-blank), we will be committed to something that drives us. For the Christian, our way should be committed to the Lord, delighting in him, trusting in him, and doing good. What is God’s promise to this commitment and trust? He will act, bringing forth our righteousness as the light and our justice as the noonday. Where perhaps darkness seems to be getting the upper hand in the eyes of the psalmist, God promises that light and truth will win the day! What a beautiful promise. It stands in clear contrast to Psalm 37:2, which says that wrongdoers will “soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb.”

Secondly, he calls us to be still before the Lord, wait patiently for him, and not fret over wrongdoers who seem to be prospering and men who carry out evil devices. These commands are given in light of the promises of the last verse. We can be still and wait and not fret precisely because God will bring about righteousness and justice! While the wicked seek and strategize evil, the godly are to seek and strategize good while trusting in God.

Third and lastly, we are called to refrain from anger, forsake wrath, and not fret ourselves. He gives one reason in this verse for not fretting: it tends only to evil. God wants us to not obsess with evil but rather obsess with God, commit our way to him, delight in him, and seek to do good. Ultimately we are to be a people who trust in God and his promises, not outer circumstances. We must have a longer view than just a short-term “here and now”. Just read the verses that follow! “For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land. In just a little while, the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there. But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.” (Psalm 37:9-11 ESV) Could it be more clear? There is a way that leads to light and a way that leads to darkness. Commit your way to the Lord for this way is the only way to life, light, and joy!

This week’s song is sung by Emery Clark (http://emeryjo.blogspot.com/), produced by Chris Clark, and artwork created by Emily Enabit (www.emilyenabnitdesign.com).