Psalm 37

Sam Petitfils

Psalm 37:8-11 "Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret--it leads only to evil. For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land. A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found. But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace."

These verses point out the brevity of life and the wisdom of not lashing out.  First, we are commanded not to become angry and seek revenge.  Later, the Apostle Paul would caution us against repaying "evil for evil," but to instead leave such matters to God (Romans 12:19-20).  Peter likewise commands us not to repay evil with evil, but to rather repay them with blessing (1 Peter 3:9).

Much of our anger can be traced to feelings that we have been deprived of some good things, while others who may not deserve it get richer.  But remember that this life is very brief, and nothing confined to this world will last.

1 John 2:15-17 - "Do not love the world or anything in the world.  If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For everything in the world--the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does--comes not from the Father but from the world.  The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever."

Application:

1.  When do you feel most tempted to seek revenge?

2.  Counter these feelings of anger by trying to do good.

3.  Remember that getting back at others "leads only to evil" (Psalm 37:8).  We may hurt others, but we will hurt ourselves far worse.

4.  Wait patiently for God's deliverance (verse 7), and remember He will uphold you (verse 17).


Only One Life

Only one life to offer, Jesus dear Lord and King

Only one tongue to praise thee, and for thy mercies sing forever

Only one heart's devotion, Savior O may it be

Consecrated alone to thy matchless glory, yielded fully to thee

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