Be still in the presence of the Lord,
and wait patiently for him to act.
Don’t worry about evil people who prosper
or fret about their wicked schemes.
Stop being angry!
Turn from your rage!
Do not lose your temper—
it only leads to harm.
For the wicked will be destroyed,
but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.
Soon the wicked will disappear.
Though you look for them, they will be gone.
The lowly will possess the land
and will live in peace and prosperity.
The wicked plot against the godly;
they snarl at them in defiance.
But the Lord just laughs,
for he sees their day of judgment coming.
The wicked draw their swords
and string their bows
to kill the poor and the oppressed,
to slaughter those who do right.
But their swords will stab their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken.
When we quietly go before Him in humbleness, asking Him to sift our heart, He will reveal to us the changes that are necessary to bring us into alignment with His will.
When we maintain patience in the midst of tribulation, we are living out our faith in Him who is able keep us hidden in His pavilion while the storm rages on. We can fully depend on the Lord to keep us safe. We do not need to get mad at those who allow evil to rule them because that will only lead us to harm. Expressing the emotions of anger, rage and envy is allowing man to be in control and reveal a lack of faith in God.
The wicked will surely be destroyed just as they were in the days of Noah. Those who place their faith in God will inherit the earth and all her blessings. When we focus on God and His goodness, we become filled with serenity and delight in the abundance of peace.
Those who are wicked might plot against those who are held securely in the palm of His hand, but it does not matter because He laughs at wickedness because He knows that the Day of Judgment is coming at us fast. Evilness can devise plans to hurt those He loves and perhaps even follow through but by doing so, they are only securing themselves a place before The Giver of the breath of life. Those who consider wiping out His image of those whom He has created, is only devising a plan to wipe out the Creator. I surely would not want to sit in their seat on the Day of Judgment.
Therefore, in conclusion, if God is laughing at evil and wicked people, we do not need to fret. He will take care of all that when He is ready. His reward awaits those who wait for Him in humbleness, and steadfastness’ in faith.
Wait I say…. Wait upon the Lord.
It is better to be godly and have little
than to be evil and rich.
For the strength of the wicked will be shattered,
but the Lord takes care of the godly.
Day by day the Lord takes care of the innocent,
and they will receive an inheritance that lasts forever.
They will not be disgraced in hard times;
even in famine they will have more than enough.
But the wicked will die.
The Lord’s enemies are like flowers in a field—
they will disappear like smoke.
The wicked borrow and never repay,
but the godly are generous givers.
Those the Lord blesses will possess the land,
but those he curses will die.
The Lord directs the steps of the godly.
He delights in every detail of their lives.
Though they stumble, they will never fall,
for the Lord holds them by the hand.
I would much rather have a nice warm shack and a bowl of soup with room enough to hold all my friends than have a mansion on a hill that over looks those who are impoverished. A mansion on a hill will dissolve just the same as a shack does when the mountains begin to melt like wax. The Bible says that the light of the body is the eye and that when the eye is single, the body is full of light but when the eye is evil, and the whole body is full of darkness. When we keep our eyes focused on the prize, the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, we are constantly running towards Him so that we might obtain the prize.
When the world become worse than the chaos that we see now …. And it will…. those whom belong to the Lord will have more than enough in the days of famine and they shall be satisfied. The righteous will always look too and secure the welfare of others, giving generously to the needy. God knows our circumstances and how long each of us will live. He provides more than enough for each and every day throughout the span of our life.
We may not be perfect in every single way that man ‘thinks’ that we should be but because we are still human, we do stumble along life’s path. However, while we are down, we repent for our foolishness, we get up and we keep moving one foot in front of the other knowing that when we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and then He cleanses us of all unrighteousness. Why? Because even though we fall, He never lets go of our hand. The righteous know that when they do fall, God does not just walk away and leave us there in the muck and mire. He waits patiently.
Psalm 37: 25
Once I was young, and now I am old.
Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned
or their children begging for bread.
I am fifty-three years old. When I was younger and knew of the Lord, I do not remember knowing of anyone that went hungry, who followed His path. Now that I am older and walk in this path myself, I have faith that He will never let me go physically hungry either. In the same token, I know that when I see anyone hungry, I do everything I can to get them food somehow and that I should. I believe that most people do the same.
I do not have an income and I certainly do not steal from my husband’s income, even though legally I have a right to it. If I see that someone needs help, I do not have a problem asking him if we can help that person in need. My husband has a sympathetic heart and is most generous. Therefore, through him, I have been able to help many folks in their time of need. Whether these people are part of the family of God makes no difference to either one of us. If they are hungry, they must be fed.
The descendants of God are those of whom through the blessings flow. Anyone who is graft into the family of God is therefore His child, His descendant, and His seed. These are the ones that God will never abandon, nor forsake. If He would never forsake me and I am the one through whom His blessings flow, why wouldn’t I do everything I could to help my fellow man?
One could look at this text in two different ways. ‘Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.’ On the physical side, we know from the Bible that when the children of the God of Israel left the slavery and bondage of Egypt that God supernaturally fed them by providing the food substance called manna. God did not just feed the native born that had been held in captivity. He also fed the Gentiles that came along beside them. (Sojourners, often called strangers)
How many of you are aware that the Law applied to the strangers that came along side them when they were brought out of Egypt?
One law shall be to him that is home born, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you. ~ Exodus 12:49
If the stranger were expected to keep His Law (His instructions), then why wouldn’t God feed them? God loved the stranger as much as He loved His own and He expected the native born to do the very same.
However, the stranger that dwells with you shall be as one born among you. You shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God”~ Leviticus 19:34
He told them and He expects us to remember where we came from and to treat everyone fairly.
You shall neither vex the stranger nor oppress him …for you were strangers in Egypt” ~ Leviticus 22:21
He loves those whom He calls and those whom He adopts. He is no respecter of persons. God does not judge men either by their blood or by their country, either to receive them or to cast them away.
1st Peter 1:17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:
In the time of King David when this Psalm was written, the children of God obeyed God’s Law. The Law insures that the poor are treated fairly with mercy and generosity. As long as Israel obeyed, then everyone was fed and there was always enough food to go around. When Israel forgot God’s Law, the rich became selfish and took care of themselves and the poor suffered. Sound familiar?
Another way we can look at this is spiritually. The whole time that the folks were living in the wilderness, God was with them living in the tabernacle, in the center of their camp. He was their cloud by day and their fire by night, always leading them and providing for their safety. This is similar to how He lives in our hearts (the core of our being) by the power of the Holy Spirit.
We begin to recognize a spiritual hunger when we are filled with His Spirit. This hunger is always satisfied because we are never deprived of the Lord’s presence as long as we are in alignment with His will. However, I know that there have been times when I have sinned and did not feel His presence. In this case, it is I who has moved away from Him, in my shame. Once I recognized my sin through conviction, I bow in repentance and find myself being spiritually fed and satisfied again. He has never left me spiritually hungry any more than He has left me physically hungry. It is I who have gone astray and found comfort in a form of ungodliness that did not satisfy my appetite, nor my soul.
In comparison, like the children of Israel who always had His presence with them, we too can know His presence with us as long as we make sure that God’s Son is exalted as the corner stone on which we build our relationship with the Living God.
The godly always give generous loans to others,
and their children are a blessing.
Turn from evil and do good,
and you will live in the land forever.
For the Lord loves justice,
and he will never abandon the godly.
He will keep them safe forever,
but the children of the wicked will die.
The godly will possess the land
and will live there forever.
The godly offer good counsel;
they teach right from wrong.
They have made God’s law their own,
so they will never slip from his path.
The wicked wait in ambush for the godly,
looking for an excuse to kill them.
But the Lord will not let the wicked succeed
or let the godly be condemned when they are put on trial.
Leviticus 25:35 And if thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee; then thou shalt relieve him: yea, though he be a stranger, or a sojourner;
Deuteronomy 15:8 But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth.
I remember my father-n-law telling me that he used to do business with folks on a handshake, even with his neighbors. The sad thing about that now is that most of those folks have passed away and he cannot prove anything because it was never written down. Nevertheless, in the law of the land, this is how it was supposed to be. A richer neighbor was required to give his brother in need, food, lodging, and a supply of money without usury. Now there are interest rates on what we borrow.
If the kingdom of God were developed right here on earth now, this is exactly how it would be. Everything that was written in the law was to teach us how to live communally. Unfortunately, we have strayed from that way of life when we ‘threw out the law of God’, in exchange of doing thing man’s way and calling it the grace of God.
The word right here in this Psalm says that if man were to turn from evil and do good that they would live in the land forever. I look forward to the eternal life when things will be ran according to the law of God, when the law goes forth from Zion. The prophets, Isaiah and Micah both prophesied that it would, some day in our future. How do I know that it is still in the future? Well for one thing, it has not happened yet and if it had, we would certainly be adhering to God’s ways and not our own. We wouldn’t find ourselves in this mess that we are in right now and have been for a very long time.
When Yahushua returns, He will be King over all the earth. In that day, shall there be one LORD, and His name one. Not only that but any nation that does not send a representative to Jerusalem to keep the Feast of Tabernacles, that land will receive no rain and there would be plagues on any nation that chooses not to adhere to God’s laws.
Zechariah 14:16-18 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
For many people their Bible is the revealed word of God, or an authoritative record of the relationship between God, the world and humankind. When the law of God is in our heart; none of our steps shall slide. Those who keep God’s word hidden in their hearts can always hold on to them and find their way through any storm. It reminds me of grabbing on to the hand of Yahushua while He pulls us through.
The Lord will never abandon those who choose to live godly, He will keep them safe forever and only the godly will possess the land and live there forever. I wish we lived in the Kingdom of God now. There is no excuse for the folks to be cold and hungry over on the east coast. But where is their help coming from? Neighbors are doing everything they can to help each other. It may seem like things are really bad now, but I can not help but believe that these people will become stronger from having gone through all of this horrific mess.
Even though there are wicked people out there that would like to see God’s children falter, the Lord will not allow the plans of the wicked to trip up His kids. Their schemes and their plans will not succeed even though their plans are to ambush the godly. They might think that they will win but like most of us, we have read the book. We know that God is the winner in the end of all things, as we know them. We might be killed and go to our graves to await the resurrection but the wicked will die.
The whole purpose of this Psalm that I have been sharing in portions is to teach the righteous how to live in a world filled with wickedness, and how to live among those who hate God.
We are reminded through these words that success by the wicked is short-lived, and they will come to a distressful end. It is helpful to remember as we have learned that God laughs at all the wickedness that is going on. Why should we worry about it when we know He is laughing? One day we will all be able to take our turn and join Him at the Feast of Tabernacles and see Him face to face.
“Blessed is the man that trusts in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreads out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat comes, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be afraid in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.” ~ Jeremiah 17:7-8
The Bible says that the wicked in great power spread them selves like a green bay tree. A green bay tree is a tree that will continually flourish even in winter and one that is native to where it is born, a tree that is not transplanted. The green bay tree is a symbol of wealth and wickedness. However in scripture it is refering to folks who see themselves as vigorous and strong. Even though they puff themselves up ‘thinking’ that, they are in destructible, they will fall or they eventually will die.
If we could just learn to remove the burdens of this world from our shoulders and give them to God to carry, we would find ourselves more at peace with what goes on all around us.