Psalms in magazine format

God Will Not Forsake His Saints

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Fret not yourself because of evildoers;
be not envious of wrongdoers!
For they will soon fade like the grass
and wither like the green herb.

Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
and your justice as the noonday.

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way,
over the man who carries out evil devices!

Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!
Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
For the evildoers shall be cut off,
but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.

In just a little while, the wicked will be no more;
though you look carefully at his place,
he will not be there.

But the meek shall inherit the land
and delight themselves in abundant peace.

The wicked plots against the righteous
and gnashes his teeth at him,
but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
for he sees that his day is coming.

An extract from Psalm 37 (of David).


Even when you’re surrounded by all kinds of evil and wickedness, as David repeatedly says, ‘Fret not yourself!’ Do not worry, because God is in control, and he will not forsake those who take refuge in him.

6 comments

  1. G’day Steven, i hope your week has been a good one dude.

    “Trust in the Lord and do good;
    dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.” – This is awesome, befriend faithfulness!

    Peace to you.

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      1. Hi David. A lot of the way Christians understand the Old Testament is both as relevant to the Jews (as chosen people of God) and also relevant to Christians (looking forward to the time when the Gentiles would be ‘grafted in’, also becoming God’s people).

        Dwelling in the land could be understood as a general statement, rather than referring to a specific piece of land, so I do believe it can be seen as relevant to Christians.

        Also, remember God is omnipotent, so he would of course have had in mind his plans for the future, even while he was inspiring David to write the words of the Psalm.

        I’m not sure if you have read the New Testament yet, but there is a lot of discussion about how certain ‘types’ in the Old Testament are foreshadowing the events described in the New.

        I do understand how this might not have been apparent to you, and I’m glad God gave me the opportunity to unpack my understanding of this to you a little.

        Thank you and God bless you, friend πŸ™πŸ»

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