Monday morning I turned on the computer and noticed a white card lying on the desk.
Here's the front side:
I decided to spend a little time meditating on Psalm 37:7. I began by utilizing my favorite SOAP method. Here's the entire verse as it appears in my Bible:
S= "Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass."
O= "Trust in the Lord" is really the theme of all 40 verses of Psalm 37. There is so much here, but I obviously can't SOAP the entire psalm. Basically, throughout it, David instructs his listeners to rest and trust in the LORD, and not to fret because of what the wicked are doing. They will receive their just reward, for God sees their wicked hearts as well as their evil doing. But those who trust God will never be forsaken by Him.
The phrase "rest in the LORD" literally means "Be silent to the LORD," A cross-reference is Psalm 62:1 -- "Truly my soul waiteth upon God; from Him cometh my salvation."
The phrase "fret not thyself" is also seen in verse 1 -- "fret not thyself because of evildoers" -- and in verse 8 -- "fret not thyself in any way to do evil". So we are not to fret because of these wicked who seem to be prospering. Jeremiah 12:1 is given for comparison: "Righteous art Thou, O LORD, when I plead with Thee; yet let me talk with Thee of Thy judgments. Why doth the way of the wicked prosper? Why are they all happy that deal very treacherously?" (Jeremiah was questioning this, but we do see the answer to his questions in Psalm 37, as well as other places in Scripture. The wicked may seem to prosper, they may seem to get away with things, but in the end they will not.)
For the phrase "prospereth in his way", a cross-reference of Psalm 73:3-12 is given. Psalm 73 discusses at length the prosperity of the wicked. But in verses 17-19 of Psalm 73, the psalmist sees their end. He says, "Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. Surely Thou didst set them in slippery places; Thou castedst them down into destruction. How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors." He concludes the psalm in verses 23-28 by reaffirming his own trust in God. He ends in verse 28 by stating: "It is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all Thy works."
A= So I need to:
* rest in the Lord
* wait patiently for Him to act
And I am not to:
* fret because of the evil person who prospers in his way
* fret because of the one who brings wicked devices to pass.
In fact, if I read on to the next verse (8), I am not to fret in any way!
P= "Lord, I thank You for the truths of Your Word! I pray that You will help me to rest quietly in You, waiting patiently for You to resolve the issues that concern me. Help me to remember that I need not fret about anything, for You see all things, even the way of the wicked, and will deal with them in Your way and time. I thank You for all You will do, in Jesus' name, Amen."
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I found a wonderful thought about Psalm 37:7 in Spurgeon's Treasury of David. This is a quote from James D. Burns, who wrote:
"Take the case of one who, with a load above his strength, has been toiling some steep and broken path, when suddenly he finds [the load] transferred to another whose strength he knows to be more than equal to the task, and in whose sympathy he can securely trust. What would his feeling be but one of perfect rest, and calm reliance, and joyous freedom, as they went on their way together? And such is the blessedness of rolling our care upon the Lord -- in weakness we are resting on superior strength, in perplexity and doubt we are resting on superior wisdom, in all times of trial and hard service we can stay ourselves on the assurance of His perfect sympathy.
"The literal meaning of the word 'rest' is 'be silent' towards the Lord. With the eye fixed on Him let all unbelieving thoughts be stilled, such thoughts as rise and rankle in the querulous spirit when it sees only its troubles and not God in them, when the mists of earth hide from its sight the eternal stars of heaven.
"In regard to all ... dark and unbelieving suggestions, the heart is to keep silence, to be still and know that He is God; silent as to murmuring, but not silent as to prayer, for in that holy meditative stillness the heart turns to commune with Him.
"What is 'resting in God', but the instinctive movement and upward glance of the spirit to Him; the confiding of all one's griefs and fears to Him, and feeling strengthened, patient, hopeful in the act of doing so! It implies a willingness that He should choose for us, a conviction that the ordering of all that concerns us is safer in His hands than in our own."
I needed that last paragraph today!
|This antique card belonged to my Great-Aunt Sadie.|