WORRY – FREE Psalm 37:1-9
Fret not yourself because of the wicked, be not envious of wrongdoers! (v1)
Trying to stay aware of current events has its downside because bad news sells better than good news. It’s easy to become overtly concerned about the criminal acts of individuals, crowds, or governments over whom we have not control . Psalm 37 gives perspective to the daily news. David begins by saying, “Do not fret because of those who are evil (v1) Then he proceeds to outline for us some alternatives to becoming overtly anxious. In essence David suggests a better way of thinking about negative news in our world. What would happen if, instead of worrying about events beyond our control, we chose to trust in the Lord? (v3) Wouldn’t we be better off to “take delight in the LORD? (v4) rather than fret without limit? Imagine the freedom from worry we could have if we would commit (our) way to the LORD” (v5). And how calm we could be by learning to be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him” (v7) News of trouble we cannot change offers us an opportunity to set boundaries for our concerns. As we trust God, commit our ways to Him, and rest in Him, our outlook brightens. The struggles and trials may not disappear, but we will discover that He gives us His peace in the midst of them.
PRAYER LINE: Lord, we see danger and trouble all around us. Help us not to worry but instead to trust and rest in You. Show us the peace that comes from waiting patiently on You.
Obstacles give us the opportunity to trust God (ODB)