Would you do something for me? Go read Psalm 37 before you continue reading here, please. Meet me back here when you’re done. Oh—and bring your Bible back here with you too.
Good? Okay! Let’s move on.
“Do not fret…” (v.1)
I remember reading this Psalm about a month ago and what echoed in my heart by the time I finished reading was this:
Don’t fret! Trust God and take up His attitude about the problem. He laughs!
He doesn’t sit up in heaven wringing His hands and fussing to Jesus about what They’re going to do about it. Nope! He laughs!
“The Lord laughs at him, for He sees that his day is coming.” (v. 13)
Another thing I find beautiful about this Psalm is that it gives us steps to take:
- Don’t fret or be envious (v.1—see also Philippians 4:1-9)
- Trust God and show your trust by doing good (v.3)
- Delight yourself in Him (v.4—and He will give you the desires of your heart)
- Commit your way to Him (v.5—and He will bring it to pass)
- Rest in Him! (v.7)
- Oh yeah, don’t fret! (v.7)
- Cease from anger and forsake wrath (v.8)
- And, just in case you forgot—don’t fret! And love the addition here: “it only causes harm” (v.8)
Whenever worry launches itself in your face, do yourself a favor: LAUGH. I don’t care if you don’t feel like it—just do it! There is no problem you could have that is even remotely large enough to sway your Daddy, okay?
Once you’ve had a good laugh, go read this gem by Billye Brim; it covers all of the steps Psalm 37 gives us, but through Philippians 4:6-8.