We must make conscience of giving every body his own; for, The psalmist’s conclusion of this sermon (for that is the nature of this poem) is of the same purport with the whole, and inculcates the same things.I. This shows that God intends to fulfill the heart desires of the redeemed man or woman of God. (1.) That’s probably why the words, “Don’t … Nor condemn him when he is judged. The life of religion lies much in a believing reliance on God, his favour, his providence, his promise, his grace, and a diligent care to serve him and our generation, according to his will. I have often hoped that the poverty I saw might be the means of bringing them to seek the God of their fathers!” (Spurgeon), vi. One danger continually faced was from the wicked who hated the righteous without cause. i. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. of a. Sometimes that very thing proves to be their own destruction which they projected against their harmless neighbours; however, God’s sword, which their provocations have drawn against them, will give them their death’s wound.(3.) "THE BOOK OF PSALMS" Psalm 37 - The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth OBJECTIVES IN STUDYING THIS PSALM 1) To learn why we should not fret, become angry, or be envious of the wicked when they … We must be ready to all acts of charity and beneficence; for, as it is an instance of God’s goodness to the righteous that he puts it into the power of his hand to be kind and to do good (and so some understand it, God’s blessing increases his little to such a degree that he has abundance to spare for the relief of others), so it is an instance of the goodness of the righteous man that he has a heart proportionable to his estate: He shows mercy, and gives, v. 21. 27:17 ; Prov. 5:9 . This psalm is a sermon, and an excellent useful sermon it is, calculated not (as most of the psalms) for our devotion, but for our conversation; there is nothing in it of prayer or praise, but it is all instruction; it is "Maschil—a teaching psalm;’’ it is an exposition of some of the hardest chapters in the book of Providence, the advancement of the wicked and the disgrace of the righteous, a solution of the difficulties that arise thereupon, and an exhortation to conduct ourselves as becomes us under such dark dispensations. 1. For the future of that man is peace. Psalm 37:1-2. on StudyLight.org Others, like Charles Spurgeon, did not have the same experience and observation: “It is not my observation just as it stands, for I have relieved the children of undoubtedly good men, who have appealed to me as common [beggars]. We were commanded (v. 3) to do good, and then follows this command to delight in God, which is as much a privilege as a duty. In general, "He shall bring that to pass, whatever it is, which thou hast committed to him, if not to thy contrivance, yet to thy content. The eternal salvation, that salvation of God which those shall see that order their conversation aright (Ps. When the bad guys win, submit to God (37:1-11). The day of God’s vengeance on the wicked is represented as a sacrifice of the fat of the kidneys of rams (Isa. He is ever merciful, and lends; 4:5 . The promise is very sweet. (1.) b. I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread: This statement is troublesome to some, because they have seen or experienced instances where godly men or women – or their offspring – have been in famine, extreme poverty, or reduced to begging. 5:5 . 11:24 .5. We must make God our heart’s delight and then we shall have our heart’s desire, v. 4. Subject. There is but this word to denote the authorship; whether it was a song or a meditation we are not told. 14:27 ), and which the wicked cannot have, Isa. Psalm 37:37-39. 37:22 .(2.) c. The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell in it forever: Once again in this psalm, David described the blessing appointed to the righteous in the coming age. The wicked are the enemies of the Lord; such those make themselves who will not have him to reign over them, and as such he will reckon with them: They shall consume as the fat of lambs, they shall consume into smoke. As he seeks the LORD and delights in Him, he finds his life proves the good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Romans 12:1-2). We must not only depend upon God, but solace ourselves in him. Those shall not be tossed that make God their rest and are at home in him. 1. i. 12:7 .6. But those that … Those blessed by Him shall inherit the earth: The promise of earth-inheritance is repeated a third time. And your justice as the noonday. It is but a jest and a mockery to speak wisdom, and to talk of judgment (v. 30), unless we have the law in our hearts, and we think as we speak. He had seen wicked people rise to great security and success, only to have passed away and to have become no more. What is required of us as the way to our happiness, which we may learn both from the characters here laid down and from the directions here given. Anger anywhere is madness, here it is aggravated insanity.” (Spurgeon). 3. Forsaken (so some expound it); if they do want God will raise them up friends to supply them, without a scandalous exposing of themselves to the reproach of common beggars; or, if they go from door to door for meat, it shall not be with despair, as the wicked man that wanders abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? But the transgressors shall be destroyed together; By his providence he overrules the events that concern them, so as to make their way plain before them, both what they should do and what they may expect. i. 37 Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. They flourish, but as the grass, and as the green herb, which nobody envies nor frets at. See here, [1.] This psalm doesn’t come from an ivory tower. Secondly, That they shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace, v. 11. Though they do bring some of their wicked devices to pass, which makes us fear they will gain their point and bring them all to pass, yet let us cease from anger, and not fret ourselves so as to think of giving up the cause. He had acted his part and then quitted the stage, and there was no miss of him. We may suppose that David speaks this to himself first, and preaches it to his own heart (in his communing with that upon his bed), for the suppressing of those corrupt passions which he found working there, and then leaves it in writing for instruction to others that might be in similar temptation. The saints shall one day have power over all things; and meanwhile they are sure of a sufficiency, if not a superfluity.” (Trapp). (1.) In particular, "He will take care of thy reputation, and bring thee out of thy difficulties, not only with comfort, but with credit and honour: He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light and thy judgment as the noon-day.’’ (v. 6), that is, "he shall make it to appear that thou art an honest man, and that is honour enough.’’ First, It is implied that the righteousness and judgment of good people may, for a time, be clouded and eclipsed, either by remarkable rebukes of Providence (Job’s great afflictions darkened his righteousness) or by the malicious censures and reproaches of men, who give them bad names which they no way deserve, and lay to their charge things which they know not. c. The wicked have drawn the sword and have bent their bow: The wicked plot and gnash their teeth, but they do not stop there. 1. But God will have his day shortly, a day of recompences, a day which will set all to rights, and render that ridiculous which now passes for glorious. A Psalm of David, l for the memorial offering. Our creature-comforts are comforts indeed to us when we see them flowing from the blessing of God, we are sure not to want any thing that is good for us in this world. i. “And the day is coming, when he who hath stood tamely at the bar of men, and hath suffered for truth and righteousness, shall be advanced to a throne among the saints and martyrs, to assist at the trial of his once-insulting judges.” (Horne). They prepare instruments of death, the sword and the bow, no less will serve; they hunt for the precious life. There are wicked men that do so, that are very subtle (they watch the righteous, that they may have an opportunity to do them a mischief effectually and may have a pretence wherewith to justify themselves in the doing of it), and very spiteful, for they seek to slay him. Their gnashing of teeth shows the depth of their anger and hatred. For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, This was David’s testimony after many years (I have been young, and now am old). But those cursed by Him shall be cut off. He shall help them and deliver them, help them to do their duties, to bear their burdens, and to maintain their spiritual conflicts, help them to bear their troubles well and get good by them, and, in due time, shall deliver them out of their troubles. The promises here made to the righteous secure them such a happiness that they need not envy the prosperity of evil-doers. on StudyLight.org Behold, he was no more: “What clean sweeps death makes! The future of the wicked shall be cut off: For the sixth and final time in this psalm, David reminds us that the future of the wicked is no future to be desired. He shall not prevail as a field-adversary: The Lord will not leave him in his hand; he will not permit Satan to do what he would, nor will he withdraw his strength and grace from his people, but will enable them to resist and overcome him, and their faith shall not fail, Lu. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. The Lord knows the way of the righteous (Ps. No; we must both trust in the Lord and do good. Nor must we think to do good, and then to trust to ourselves, and our own righteousness and strength. What is assured to us, as instances of our happiness and comfort, upon these conditions.1. PSALM 37 RIGHTEOUS REWARDED; WICKED PUNISHED This interesting acrostic psalm has long been a popular reservoir for the selection of memory verses. Soon the wicked who are the famous and praised in this world will be of no notice or standing at all (you will look carefully for his place, but it shall be no more). But, [2.] Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; To be sure, it is possible for such desires to be clouded by sin or selfishness; yet even when so clouded there is almost always a godly root to the desire that is entirely in the will of God. c. I have seen the wicked in great power: David once again relied on his personal experience and testimony. Damned sinners are sacrifices, Mk. They accomplish nothing except harm. All rights reserved. This ranks among my favorite of all psalms and you’ll hopefully see why after you read the commentary on Psalm 37. Step 1: Don’t Fret. Indeed, you will look carefully for his place, Yet most people today have never heard of John Gill. Weak as the righteous often are, they ‘shall inherit the land’ when the wicked shall have been cut off from the earth.” (Spurgeon). i. psalm xxxvii Godly directions for those who are in adversity not to envy the prosperity of the wicked , because it is superficial, and of short duration, 1-22; to put their confidence in God , and live to his glory , as this is the sure way to be happy in this life , and in that which is to come, 23-40. Psalms 37:39 - But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord ; He is their strength in time of trouble. Changes will take effect once you reload the page. They are proud and insolent, but God shall pour contempt upon them. He upholds them both in their integrity and in their prosperity; and those that are so upheld by the rock of ages have no reason to envy the wicked the support of their broken reeds. A dear relative once told me, “You know, people don’t have good sense until they get old.” Now, as then, I find a good deal of wisdom in his observation. We must make conscience of giving every body his own; for the wicked borrows and pays not again, v. 21. Though he may at times fall (in the sense of stumbling), he will not fall away – that is, shall not be utterly cast down. The total and final ruin of sinners, of all sinners, will shortly be made as much a spectacle to the saints as they are now sometimes made a spectacle to the world (v. 34): When the wicked are cut off (and cut off they certainly will be) thou shalt see it, with awful adorations of the divine justice. Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. And when their ruin comes it will be an utter ruin; he and his shall be extirpated; the day that comes shall leave him neither root nor branch (Mal. This good man, being tempted to envy the prosperity of the wicked, that he might fortify himself against the temptation, goes into the sanctuary of God and leads us thither (Ps. Of David. “It is right to say that Psalm 37 is an exposition of the third beatitude, even though it was written a thousand years before Jesus began his public ministry. The duty here pressed upon us is still the same (, Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Verses 1-2 and 19-20 of Proverb 24 echo the theme and content of Psalm 37. We need 2 cookies to store this setting. 2:4, Ps. We can trust His promise that He will take care of His own not only in this world, but in the world to come. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. 7. That we shall not become a prey to our adversaries, who seek our ruin, v. 32, v. 33. Psalm 37 commentary 1. b. iv. 57:21 . For He sees that his day is coming. He is ever merciful, or every day, or all the day, merciful, and lends, and sometimes there is as true charity in lending as in giving; and giving and lending are acceptable to God when they proceed from a merciful disposition in the heart, which, if it be sincere, will be constant, and will keep us from being weary of well-doing. David persuades to patience and confidence in God, by the state of the godly and of the wicked. The believing prospect of that day will enable the virgin, the daughter of Zion, to despise the rage of her enemies and laugh them to scorn, Isa. What is the desire of the heart of a good man? b. i. Their attempts will be their destruction, v. 14, v. 15. NASB (UPDATED) TEXT: PSALM 37:12-15 12 The wicked plots against the righteous And gnashes at him with his teeth. It is a great sin for those that are able, to deny the payment of just debts; it is a … 2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Because of the particular mercy God has in store for all good people and the favour he shows them (v. 11, v. 16, v. 18, v. 19, v. 22-25, v. 28, v. 29, v. 37). Like the splendor of the meadows, shall vanish. The flourishing of a godly man is like that of a fruitful tree (Ps. Psalm 37. "Thou shalt have a settlement, a quiet settlement, and a maintenance, a comfortable maintenance: Verily thou shalt be fed.’’ Some read it, Thou shalt be fed by faith, as the just are said to live by faith, and it is good living, good feeding, upon the promises. The work of the prophets (and David was one) was to explain the law. Mark the perfect man, &c. — Behold now a very different character, a man who is upright before God, who sincerely desires and endeavours to please and glorify him, and therefore makes it his care to walk in his ordinances and commandments blameless: mark him, keep your eye upon him, and observe the issue of his course and conversation. “Do not murmur or repine at his dealings, but silently and quietly submit to his will, and adore his judgments, and, as follows, wait for his help.” (Poole), iii. It is a small thing to be judged of man’s judgment, 1 Co. 4:3 . The earth shall yield us her increase if God, as our own God, give us his blessing, Ps. I have seen no righteous man forsaken, nor any children of the righteous begging their bread. 2. It is an acrostic wisdom psalm that shares some language with Proverb 24. If thou hast accepted him as thy Lord, he is thine; so delight in him, and then he will give thee the desires of thy heart.” (Spurgeon). How justly their malice recoils upon themselves: Their sword shall turn into their own heart, which implies the preservation of the righteous from their malice and the filling up of the measure of their own iniquity by it. The Lord shall laugh at them, Ps. Rest in the LORD speaks of a particular kind of rest – the rest of silence, ceasing from words of self-defense. These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience. 2. i. i. Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright; Psalm 1 uses a flourishing tree as a picture of the righteous. If we would be blessed of God, 1. Show content in: English Both Hebrew. This they shall delight themselves in, and in it they shall have a continual feast; while those that have abundance of wealth do but cumber and perplex themselves with it and have little delight in it. Normally, we think of hedonism as the idolatry of pleasure. For the LORD upholds him with His hand. A good man may be overtaken in a fault, but the grace of God shall recover him to repentance, so that he shall not be utterly cast down. 2. We must delight ourselves in his beauty, bounty, and benignity; our souls must return to him, and repose in him, as their rest, and their portion for ever. Their coming doom was just as certain as the coming blessing and security of the righteous. When we look abroad we see the world full of evil-doers and workers of iniquity, that flourish and prosper, that have what they will and do what they will, that live in ease and pomp themselves and have power in their hands to do mischief to those about them. ii. He shall bring forth your righteousness: “To the view of the world; from which it hath hitherto seemed to be hid or eclipsed by reproaches, and by grievous calamities.” (Poole), ii. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. As younger, … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 37… Proud member The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD: This is a helpful thought at the end of this psalm. The Lord laughs at him, “A little blest is better than a great deal curst; a little blest is better than a world enjoyed; a pound blest is better than a thousand curst; a black crust blest is better than a feast curst; the gleanings blest are better than the whole harvest curst; a drop of mercy blest is better than a sea of mercy curst.” (Brooks, cited in Spurgeon). And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. i. A God-trusting, righteous life is the best long-term investment strategy. Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. When evil-doers are cut off the righteous sometimes inherit what they gathered. If we make conscience of obedience to God, we may then take the comfort of a complacency in him. Let them know to their comfort, First, That they shall inherit the earth, as much of it as Infinite Wisdom sees good for them; they have the promise of the life that now is, 1 Tim. Now the law of Moses had promised temporal blessings to the obedient, and denounced temporal miseries against the disobedient, which principally referred to the body of the people, the nation as a nation; for, when they came to be applied to particular persons, many instances occurred of sinners in prosperity and saints in adversity; to reconcile those instances with the word that God had spoken is the scope of the prophet in this psalm, in which, I. 73:3; (Prov. i. David used a green tree as a picture of the wicked in their prosperity. 6:25 ), not to cumber and trouble ourselves either with the contrivance of the means or with expectation of the end, but refer it to God, leave it to him by his wise and good providence to order and dispose of all our concerns as he pleases. 4:16 ), and the more they prosper the more will God be glorified in their ruin. “With the more complex civilization in the midst of which we live, perhaps sometimes the righteous have been driven to beg, but even now such cases are surely rare, and after some varied experience I would want to subject him who begs to somewhat severe cross-examination before accepting his testimony against the psalmist.” (Morgan). But this does not cast a doubt upon the observation of David.”, v. “And it has been my unhappy lot, within these very walls, to have to minister relief to the unworthy and reprobate sons of Christian ministers, about whose piety I could entertain no doubt, and some of whom, are now in heaven.

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