Psalm 37 says, “Fret not thyself because of evil doers, neither be thou envious against workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass and wither as the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart”.
Several Psalms and many Proverbs divide all humanity into two groups: The righteous and the wicked. Righteous is a matter of relationship. Righteous People are not perfect but are simply people who relate to GOD. Wicked people do not relate rightly to God. The righteous relate rightly to God because the righteous recognize God as God, and they seek to know and obey God. The wicked, on the other hand, reject God and His Ways and want to do things their own way.
What better person to write Psalm 37 than David, a man after God’s own heart? Like David, we, too, have been on the other side of the fence. That’s one of the reasons why God instructed that we not fret over evil doers but, rather, mind our own business because God was blessing us when we, like so many today, were not doing right. Before receiving Salvation through Jesus Christ, God gave us a chance before He cut us down. No, we were not saved from birth, and even now, after having been saved by Grace, we still fall short. Yes, it rains on the just as well as the unjust, and the enemy wants us to feel treated unfairly by life, but that’s GOD’S Business. We have to mind our own business and realize that we have enough on our own plates trying to live righteously. David, who was much like us, knew that it is hard to avoid fretting over it. When I am doing the best that I can—trying to do good, yet my light bill is not paid; when my husband gets cancer; when my child cannot go to college; when my love life is suffering, it is hard not to ask the question, “What is wrong with this picture?” David, Paul, and Jesus each compelled us not to fret—not to worry. You see, worry and fret (the twins) were in your old DNA, but since we are born again and are new creations, old things are passed away, and we know that God did not give us the spirit of fear. Fret and worry were replaced with trust and faith. That’s why David encouraged us to not fret…because if you focus on “them” and what “they” are doing, you may become like them, and your obsession will become a possession.
We cannot allow ourselves to be distracted or focus on evil doers and God at the same time. Peter proved that to us when he was walking on water. As long as he was focused on Jesus, he defied Mother Nature and did the impossible…he walked on water. So David tells us how we, too, can be “water walkers,” meaning we can do all things through Jesus Christ, who strengthens us. With Jesus, we can walk on our problems, have peace in the storm, joy in the midnight hour of our lives, and hope for tomorrow.
Friends, David’s admonition to you in Psalms 37 is that you mind your own business. You have enough on the plate of your own walk with Christ. Do not fret or worry because your time is coming. We know that the wealth of the wicked is laid up for the righteous and that the just shall live by faith. Then David tells us to trust in the Lord…not Man; not your money or your honey, but in the Lord. David knew first hand that we cannot worry and trust God at the same time. Trusting God fully (100%) is the cure for worrying. But David added something to trusting God. He also said, “And do good.” These two steps are like peanut butter and jelly, ebony and ivory, cornbread and buttermilk—They go together. If we trust God, we will do good. If someone hurts me, stabs me in the back, I must trust God. He said, “Do not repay evil with evil but evil with good.” When He says, “The battle is Mine,” He means just that. Fighting our battles is GOD’S Business; not ours. I can do good because I trust God to take care of me. I can get over the hurt and pain because I trust God. I can have joy in the mist of my storm because I trust God. Trusting God and not doing good means we do not trust Him. I can give my enemy my last dime because I trust God to handle His Business of honoring His Word. Luke 6:38 says, “Give, and it will be given to you good measure, pressed down, and shaken together.” God won’t let you out-give Him. If you give love, He will give you 100 times more. If you give peace, He will give you a 100 times more. If you give forgiveness, He will give you a 100 times more. No, we cannot beat God giving, but we should try because the more we give, He gives to us. And what does He give to us? He gives us the desires of our hearts. What is the desire of your heart? Great wealth? Great health? The perfect husband or wife? Great kids? A great career? David tells us what our desires should be.
Paul said in Romans 8:32, “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall He not, with Him also freely give us all things.” Yes God will give us all things, if we delight ourselves in the LORD. What do we delight in? What is your greatest source of pleasure? Could it be money, fame, or sex? If knowing God is not our greatest Joy and Delight, then we do not know God very well. When we delight in God, we desire increased intimacy with God, and God is happy to fulfill our desire for increased intimacy with Him. There is a commercial that says, “GOT MILK?” David asks, “GOT GOD?” God will give you the desires of your heart, but if your plate (your heart) is full now, why would God give you anything that will take you away from him? James said, “Draw to God and He will draw to you.” Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” Taking delight in the Lord means that our hearts truly find peace and fulfillment in Him—not in the affairs of the world and the wicked. That’s GOD’S Business. We must trust Him and mind our own.