Read Psalm 37
Hindsight is always 20/20. It’s been proven true for me more times than I can count. With age, comes clarity and wisdom. That’s where David was when he wrote this Psalm.
“I was young and now I am old . . . ” (v. 25).
Through the Holy Spirit, he wrote the sum of what he had learned about the seeming prosperity of the wicked and evil men who did not care to follow God’s ways.
Because, when we look around, it’s easy to fret. When we see a coworker cheating on his timecard or playing Facebook games at work and then getting a promotion or a raise, we want to yell, “THAT’S NOT FAIR!!” and we question God’s justice and His care for His children, who do follow His ways. It’s easy to wonder what God is waiting for when young man who assaulted a young women is spared from his due justice and given preferential treatment.
David knew that kind of frustration. His old age had taught him much.
Such a passive sounding word, yet so very hard to pull off. Waiting is not something we humans come by naturally. We wait in traffic. We wait at the dentist’s office. We wait for a table at Applebee’s. None of it is easy. But what about waiting for God to take care of all that injustice? What about waiting for Him to bring down all those sex-traffickers who sell little kids in order to get rich themselves? How in the world are we supposed to wait for that?!?
Don’t fret. Trust. Dwell. Delight. Commit. Be still.
Don’t burn with the anger of envy but burn with a passion to tarry on, knowing that the Lord God Almighty will take those men down. In His own time.
Take the confusion and worry about what God is going to do, and instead roll it over to God and commit your own journey to Him.
Take all that righteous anger and quiet yourself. Cease. Rest.
“Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him . . . ” (v. 7).
David did not suggest it would be easy. In fact, the Hebrew word he used for “wait patiently“ suggests pain, bearing through it, travail. Even so, David says, just wait.
Because God will cut them off. He will make the righteous truly prosper. Because God will laugh at the wicked as they vanish away like smoke, all while He delights in upholding the righteous and blessing their children.
It will happen. He will do it. Just wait.