On the contrary, the good man is merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed. Sound doctrine this. The Lord will clear the slandered. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. Roll the whole burden of life upon the Lord. Psalms 37:12-18. O God, that we may once attain to right faith. Arthur Jackson. Ver. Psalms 37:8-9. It contains eight great precepts, is twice illustrated by autobiographical statements, and abounds in remarkable contrasts. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. But the seed of the wicked shall be cut off. Why shouldest thou envy the creature of an hour? C. H. S. I have seen the wicked in great power (terrible, fierce, violent), and spreading himself like a green bay tree (a tree in its native soil, vigorous, and luxuriant, that had never been transplanted). Gender Revolution - What are they teaching your kids? Psalms 37:34-37. But nobody stands for the godly when they come into question. Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright. These are their game, the objects of their accursed malice. Objection 1. A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked. It is not that the saints are strong, or wise, or meritorious, that therefore they rise after every fall, but because God is their helper, and therefore none can prevail against them. These antitheses are instructive. Ver. They may be brought into great straits, but he will not permit them to come to beggary. No reckless fate, no fickle chance rules us; our every step is the subject of divine decree. This is precisely what the graceless world did with "that just One, "the Prince of Peace. And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. Only we must commit it to God. But it is a sad affliction until the heart does get its rest. If we have done faithfully, we may appeal from the petty sessions of society to the solemn assize of the great day. What a high attainment does this fourth precept indicate! Ver. Amen. He shall not be altogether prostrate. But when we live to him, then the Lord delights in our way. A good man may fall into such wants, but good men are rarely, if ever or at all, left in them. - Richard A. Wiedenheft, Immortality - The Gift Of God Through Faith In Jesus The Christ, Immortality or Resurrection of the Dead? - Oscar Cullmann, Immortality of the Soul - by Kaufmann Kohler, Technical Terms and Usages Preclude Innate Immortality - Froom, The Development of the Doctrine of Immortality from the Apostolic Fathers to Augustine, The Doctrine of Immortality in the Early Church. What an easy way this is; and yet how hard do we find it to carry it out! His place...shall not be. The God of Abraham is the God of Isaac and of Jacob. Psalms of Confidence often contain metaphors that express an awareness of God’s presence. Psalms 37:24-25. What? George Horne. Luther wrote the following in his exposition of Psalm 37, “Oh, shame on our faithlessness, mistrust, and vile unbelief, that we do not believe such rich, powerful, consolatory, declarations of God, and take up so readily with little grounds of [offense], whenever we but hear the wicked speeches of the ungodly (The Treasury of David).” Thankfully, David offers the righteous an alternative course of action. Third day comes a frost, a killing frost; Andâ€”when he thinks, good easy man, full surely. As the glory of fat sheep, which are at length slain. Psalms 37:10. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Psalms 37:4. Ver. Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. 37. A. Farindon. Wait on the Lord. For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth. And do good. We are reminded not to fret over the temporary successes of the wicked and to take comfort in God’s promise to the righteous. Commentaires sur les psaumes, d’Hilaire de Poitiers, (Paris, Éditions du Cerf, 2008), collection sources chrétiennes n°515, Commentaires of the Psalmes, by saint Johnn Chrysostome, Commentairy (jusqu’au psaume 54), by saint, Jean Calvin, Commentaire des psalmes, 1557, Treasury of David (The Sword and the Trowel Magazine, 1885). Futurity shall be but a continual development of the good things which the Lord has laid up in store for us. While Psalm 37 reflects the personal experiences of David and contains the King’s own pleas to God, it has a great deal of relevance to modern readers and contains many of the themes common to David’s other Psalms. Toggle navigation. Oh! Hebrews 6:4-8 on Apostasy - Disasters and reverses may lay him low; he may, like Job, be stripped of everything; like Joseph, be put in prison; like Jonah, be cast into the deep. And forsaketh not his saints. Never flag, or dream of turning aside. Solution â€”Psalms 37:12-15. Learn from their experience. And wait patiently for him. This imagery is important because it immediately reminds the reader that God is the Creator. That we must not unthankfully fret at God's providence Ps 37:1. They shall consume. 12-15. God pays back with interest in the next generation. Poor minster's sons often become rich. Oh, break thy league with Satan be revealing his secrets, thy sins, to God. 39. Thomas Westfield, D.D., 1644. Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of inequity. For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be. He knows their dark days, and he will be their light; he knows their sunny days, and he will be their shelter; he knows their last day, and he will be their confidence; he knows their resurrection-day, and he will be their glory: “Their inheritance shall be for ever.”. Written around 1000 B.C., Psalm 37 is part of the first collection of Psalms and authorship is normally attributed to none other than King David (Bible Basics). Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down:-, For a while, it may seem as if he had been finally defeated; things may seem to go altogether wrong with him; but, “though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;”-. And gnashed upon him with his teeth. His mansion, his house, the grand figure that he cut in society. The LXX translate (Nner xrzak) as if it were (Nnbl xrzak), "Like the cedar of Lebanon; "but (Nner xrza) according to Delitzsch, means a noble timber tree, one that in the course of centuries of growth has acquired a gigantic trunk, and an umbrageous, dome like crown. Ver. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light. In his wonderful book, The Cure for a Troubled Heart, author Ron Mehl suggests that waiting for the Lord shouldn’t be compared to waiting in a dentist’s office, but rather to a groom “standing at the alter, waiting for his bride to come down the aisle … waiting for that blessed new life together that is now so near! And again, in Daniel's prophecy regarding the latter days, we find Daniel 11:35, "And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and make them white." How the malice of the Jews returned upon their own heads no one is ignorant, though few lay it to heart, and consider them as set forth for an example. You remember how David sought to avoid that calamity when he had to choose famine, pestilence, or the sword of his enemies. Ver. But this does not cast a doubt upon the observation of David. Yet he passed away. 20 May 2009, http://www.easyenglish.info/psalms/psalm037-taw.htm. Ver. I have several times seen the seed of the righteous begging bread, but in every case it has been because of their drunkenness or their laziness, or because of their own vice which they brought upon themselves. In a story we wait for the end to clear up the plot; we ought not to prejudge the great drama of life, but stay till the closing scene, and see to what a finis the whole arrives. The evil man does not see how close his destruction is upon his heels; he boasts of crushing others when the foot of justice is already uplifted to trample him as the mire of the streets. David Dickson. The more we fret in this case the worse for us. - Oscar Cullmann, Immortality or Resurrection? The very land he occupied as a home, and the title to which was unimpeachable, is no longer his place. He seemed to be ever verdant like a laurel, he grew as a tree in its own native soil, from which it had never been transplanted. True faith goes leaning upon God, and therefore will keep his way. Cease from anger and forsake wrath. Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace. He shall bring it to pass. David often contrasts the permanent nature of the righteous’ inheritance with the temporary successes of the wicked. No, Balaam's wishes are foolish and fruitless: If you would die well, Christians, you must have a care to live well: qualis vita, finis ita, if you would die quietly, you must live strictly; if you would die comfortably, you must live conformably; if you would die happily, you must live holily. The eternity of the righteous man's possessions. Often are the wicked thus impoverished in this life. As parents are pleased with the tottering footsteps of their babes. Give it over into God’s hands, and then confide in him as completely as a little child confides in its mother.