Verse 1 – Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.
Verse 2 – For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.
The Bible uses the word “iniquity” a lot. This means morally unjust, unrighteous, and wicked. There should be a huge difference in the lifestyle of the believer and the lost. Sometimes it looks as though the unrighteous always are prospering. but rest assured, scripture says they will be cut down like grass. We are not to grow weary in doing good. The wicked may have riches that last their life time, but the believer has treasures that will last throughout all eternity.
Verse 3 – Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
Verse 4 – Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.
To delight in someone means we receive great pleasure in being in their presence. This can only happen when we know them well. Knowing how merciful and loving our God is, will place a joy on the inside that has to spill out to others. Those desires that are placed on the inside, were placed there by God when we draw near to Him. He places dreams and visions down on the inside of each of His children to accomplish His purpose. It’s all good!
Verse 5 – Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.
Verse 6 – He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.
Do you think David was writing from experience? If you know David’s history, you will see that everything God promised that He would do, He did. Years before David ever took the throne of Israel, he was anointed to be king. Keep committing your ways unto the Lord and He promises to bring those dreams to pass. God can’t lie.
Verse 7 – Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
Verse 8 – Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret-it only causes harm.
What you focus on you will feed. When we focus on our problem, we magnify it. It only causes us to be anxious and stressed. God says in His word to be anxious for nothing. Waiting on God to work everything out, is one of the hardest lessons we will ever have to learn. When we make decisions out of panic or our emotions, we mess up. We have to learn to trust Him, He knows the end from the beginning!
Verse 9 – For evildoers shall be cut off; but those who wait on the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.
Verse 10 – For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more; indeed, you will look diligently for his place, but it shall be no more.
If we practice patience, we will get better at it. The Bible calls this self-control. Keeping our emotions in tact can be stressful though. Don’t let others control how you react to situations. Keep in mind, God fights our battles and if you wait patiently on Him, you inherit the earth.
Verse 11 – But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
Verse 12 – The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes at him with his teeth.
Verse 13 – The Lord laughs at him, for He sees that his day is coming.
Verse 14 – The wicked have drawn the sword and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, to slay those who are upright in conduct.
Verse 15 – Their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.
The Bible teaches us over and over that those who plot against the righteous will themselves fall into the pit that they dug for someone else. Deceitful schemes do backfire. That is why we are not to take revenge on another.
Verse 16 – A little that a righteous man has is better than the riches of many wicked.
Verse 17 – For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous.
Let me be very clear about who the righteous are; If you are a born again believer, you are the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:21 – For He (God) made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Verse 18 – The Lord knows the days of the upright, and their inheritance shall be forever.
Verse 19 – They shall not be ashamed in the evil time, and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
Verse 20 – But the wicked shall parish; and the enemies of the Lord, like the splendor of the meadows, shall vanish. Into smoke they shall vanish away.
Verse 21 – For those who are blessed by Him shall inherit the earth, but those who are cursed by Him shall be cut off.
Verse 23 – The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.
Verse 24 – Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand.
Do you know, you are in the right place at the right time? If you are a child of the Most High, He has literally ordered your path. That’s one good reason why we shouldn’t complain. When we complain about our situation we act as though God doesn’t know what He is doing. We need to stop thinking that it was a mistake that we came this way. David knew that every time he fell, God would help him rise again, to victory, and He did.
Verse 25 – I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread.
Verse 26 – He is ever merciful, and lends; and his descendants are blessed.
We’ve heard these verses quoted many times if you attend church. So what exactly do they mean?
God’s economy is not set up the way the world’s economy is. A believer belongs to God, and everything pertaining to life is given them (2 Peter 1:3). When God’s children come on hard times, there will be people who He places in their lives that will help those in need. That’s why it’s so important for believes to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and listen, and be watchful of whom we can help. Just because the government has many programs set up to help the needy, is no excuse not to help those who are within our reach.
Verse 27 – Depart from evil and do good; and dwell forevermore.
Verse 28 – For the Lord loves justice, and does not forsake His saints; they are preserved forever, but the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off.
Verse 29 – The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell in it forever.
Can we literally take these words that David wrote as true for the saints? Our Holy Bible is the inspired Word, written through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit from God, so yes we can. If you want to see the desires and dreams God has ordained for your life, believe and receive, and watch things start to change. God wants only the best for His children.
Verse 30 – The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of justice.
Verse 31 – The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.
Faith is an action word. When we speak God’s words and what we believe in our heart, that’s speaking wisdom. We speak forth what God says about us and our situation, not what it looks like. Start speaking the end result you want to see. He sees His children victorious in every situation, through Christ. Christ is greater than any battle you face. Always remember; words affect the atmosphere and have the power through God’s Holy Spirit to supernaturally change our surroundings and any situation.
Verse 32 – The wicked watches the righteous, and seeks to slay him.
Verse 33 – The Lord will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.
Verse 34 – Wait on the Lord, and keep His way, and He shall exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.
Do you know that a lot of times that the reason our answer to our prayers are delayed is because there are evil forces that we can’t see fighting against us. We must remember, for that circumstance to work out for our good, things are being done through other people who God is using. He is lining things up to exalt you at just the right time.
Verse 35 – I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a native green tree.
Verse 36 – Yet he passed away, and behold, he was no more; indeed, I sought him, but he could not be found.
David let God determine when the wicked would be cut off and so should we. Instead of overthrowing Saul through a take-over, he waited on God to exalt him in the right season. God gave every believer time to change, didn’t He? That’s why God has the ultimate power for righteous justice, not us.
Verse 37 – Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright; for the future of that man is peace.
Verse 38 – But the transgressors shall be destroyed together; the future of the wicked shall be cut off.
Why do you think God allowed these words to be penned? Because either you are living for God or you are fighting against Him. There is no straddling the fence. There is no grey area when it comes to following Jesus Christ. This may be hard for some to swallow, but all through scripture, God is very plain about which side of the fence we should choose. Choose life in Jesus Christ.
Verse 39 – But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their strength in the time of trouble.
Verse 40 – And the Lord shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him.
If you want to get the most out of God’s Word, be willing to spend time meditating, studying, and praying. This is literally getting to know our faithful God. I spent about 9 hours on just this one psalm. That’s not to brag, but it’s to let you know, I don’t think I will ever forget, that no matter what my situation looks like, “My God will uphold me and deliver me!”