Daily Devotional

"Do Not Fret…"

Psalm 37:1-11

I love reading through Psalms. I feel like David just lays his life out there to the Lord. He shares his joys, he pours his heart out with his sorrows, he unloads his anger and he expresses his love. He also shares what he has learned.

In Psalm 37:1-11 he teaches us what he has learned about how to respond to the wicked. Above all he says, “Do not fret…” and then he goes about telling us how to keep from doing that!
Don’t you love it when a friend relates a story and shares a scripture about how the Lord worked in some area of their life? For me this is so encouraging. It shows me how practical God’s word is and makes it come alive for me. That’s how I see these words of David. He has gone through a rough time, evildoers are coming against him and God has told him not to fret, but here are some things you can do instead.

  • Do not fret because of evildoers (vs. 1)
  • Trust in the LORD and do good. (vs. 3)
  • Dwell in the land (vs. 3)
  • Feed on His faithfulness (vs. 3)
  • Delight yourself in the LORD (vs.4)
  • Commit your way to the LORD (vs. 5)
  • Rest in the LORD (vs. 7)
  • Wait patiently for Him (vs. 7)
  • Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. (vs. 7)
  • Cease from anger and forsake wrath (v. 8)
  • Do not fret—it only causes harm. (vs. 8)
  • Wait on the LORD (vs.9)

And the finale of it all is what will happen as a result:
“But those who wait on the LORD, They shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while and the
wicked shall be no more; Indeed, you will look carefully for his place, But it shall be no more.
But the meek shall inherit the earth, And shall delight themselves in the  abundance of peace.” (vs. 9-11)

I pray that you will go to God’s Word to encourage and instruct you and that you will delight in an abundance of His peace.
New King James Version (NKJV)
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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