Peace in a World of Stress

Sam Petitfils

Today, we'll look at Psalm 37 which answers the question, "How can I have peace in a world of stress?"

"Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong, for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.  Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture."  Psalm 37:1-3

King David, who wrote this Psalm, was no stranger to stressful times.  In seeking to serve God and establish righteousness in Israel, he faced many fierce opponents.  He also was attacked by foreign kings, many of whom led lives of luxury and ease.  It was not hard to grow envious of those who had much.  Today, we will look at some key words.  First, we should not "fret."

C.H. Spurgeon wrote, "To fret is to worry, to have the heart-burn, to fume, to become vexed."  This is especially true when we see others, such as evildoers, prosper with seemingly not a care in the world.  But, this Psalm reminds us not to envy them, since their days will be short (see also James 1:9-11).

Application

1.  Give God your anxiety, and give Him your care (I Peter 5:7).

2.  Remember that life is but a breath, and is soon over.  The wicked prosper only for a time, but soon come to an end.

3.  Ask God for strength to see you through this day, and call out to Him several times during the day.


"I Know Who Holds Tomorrow"

Verse

I don't know about tomorrow, I just live from day to day

I don't borrow from its sunshine, For its skies may turn to gray

I don't worry o'er the future, For I know what Jesus said

And today I'll walk beside Him, For He knows what is ahead

Chorus

Many things about tomorrow, I don't seem to understand

But I know Who holds tomorrow, and I know Who holds my hand 

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