Do not fret… Psalm 37:1 (NKJV)
David starts the psalm by saying “Do not fret…” but then he follows that up by giving us some practical advice that will enable us to not fret. What is great is that his advice all involves the Lord. Throughout this Psalm David continually points us to the Lord as the cure for the frets. What can we do so God can cure us of the frets?
Hope in the Lord. “Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, And wither as the green herb.” Psalm 37:1-2 (NKJV) The frets often come because or when we focus on the here and the now. Hope enables us to look beyond the here and the now and see the future. Here and now we see the wicked prospering. Here and now we see the wicked come into more and more power. Here and now the wicked seem to get away with their wickedness with no consequences. Here and now we feel the weight of the cares of this life. Here and now there are circumstances in our lives that are far beyond our control. Here and now the righteous often suffer and seemingly without recourse. But these things will not always be so. Hope enables us to look beyond what is going on right now to see God’s promised future. This will help cure the frets.
Serve the Lord. “Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.” Psalm 37:3 (NKJV) I really like how David puts this. We must trust in the Lord and do good. One thing I think is very critical for us to understand is that action always follows trust. If I genuinely trust God, it will impact the way I live my life. If I trust God I will do good. Now keep in mind that this is given in the context of having the frets. So this isn’t in the midst of a time when all is well and everything is great. In fact, it’s sorta the opposite. It’s in the midst of a time when it feels as though things are falling apart. It’s at a time when I am really tempted to give up. In that time I must trust in the Lord and do good. This will help cure the frets.
Delight In The Lord. “Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 (NKJV) What does it mean for us to delight ourselves in the Lord? It means in part that we find a high degree of pleasure in our relationship with God and in the things of God. It means that our relationship with God and the things of God give us pleasure and are a joy to us. It would also mean that part of our hearts desire would be to draw closer to God. Here is the deal, when I delight in my relationship with God and begin to draw closer to Him, something happens. My desires begin to change. There will be a shift in the desires of my heart. What will happen is that the things that matter to God will begin to matter to me. The desires of my heart will sync up with the desires of God’s heart. The things that we so often desire are desires of the flesh and God does not promise to give us those things. The desires of our hearts change as our hearts draw closer to God. This will help cure the frets.
Commit my life to the Lord. “Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37:5 (NKJV) The idea in this verse is that without any reservations, we are to surrender ourselves and every part of our lives to the Lord. We are to completely yield every part of ourselves to God so that His will becomes our will. This will help cure the frets.
Wait on the Lord. “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 brings wicked schemes to pass.” Psalm 37:7 (NKJV) Waiting on the Lord may be one of the hardest things in the world to do. But it is also one of the most important things for us to learn to do. To wait upon the Lord requires faith, trust and hardest of all patience. To wait upon the Lord will require us to have a patient hope. A patient hope is confidence in God to keep His Word no matter how long that takes. One reason this is so hard is that God rarely moves when I expect Him to. Instead, God moves when He knows the time is right and never before. Knowing this helps cure the frets.