Comments: It seems that throughout David's life, difficulties
with other people was a characteristic that prevailed. In his
early days working for Saul, he was a soldier fighting off the
Philistines. Later, on the run, he was fighting off Saul. When
he eventually became king, he was fighting off enemy neighbours.
During his reign, he suffered the rebellion of Absalom and was
fighting off his own people. It is not surprising therefore that
so many of David's psalms has such difficulties at their heart.
as we will see in this psalm, so much of the time David's struggling
to cope with such people was more on an ethical or moral basis.
This, longer than most of his psalms, is all about coping with
such people, especially those he would simply designate as ‘the
wicked' [v.10-17,20,21,28]. His strategy for dealing with such
being at peace because they won't last
trusting in God [v.3-8,9b,11,13,17-19,23,24,28a,29,
aware of being those who the Lord looks after,
recognising that God will deal with
the wicked [v.9a,10,13,15,17a,20,28b,38].
reader will find it especially beneficial to go through and pick
out those positive verses we've noted above.]
David calls us to be at peace about wrong doers
not fretbecause of those who are evil
or be envious
of those who do wrong;
like the grass they will soon wither,
plants they will soon die away.
He gives us a strategy to cope
Trust in the Lord and do good;
in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will
give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord;
him and he will do this:
will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
like the noonday sun.
Again he counsels us, trust in God in all this
still before the Lord
patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in
carry out their wicked schemes.
from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret
—it leads only to evil.
He contrasts the wicked with those who trust God
those who are evil will be destroyed,
who hope in the Lord will
inherit the land.
little while, and the wicked will be no more;
look for them, they will not be found.
the meek will inherit the land
peace and prosperity.
The wicked versus the Lord
wicked plot against the righteous
their teeth at them;
the Lord laughs at the wicked,
for he knows
their day is coming.
The wicked versus the righteous
The wicked draw the sword
to bring down the poor and needy,
those whose ways are upright.
their swords will pierce their own hearts,
bows will be broken.
the little that the righteous have
wealth of many wicked;
the power of the wicked will be broken,
Lord upholds the
blameless spend their days under the Lord 's care,
inheritance will endure forever.
times of disaster they will not wither;
of famine they will enjoy plenty.
The Lord will deal with the wicked
the wicked will perish:
Lord 's enemies are like the
flowers of the field,
be consumed, they will go up in smoke.
The wicked borrow and do not repay,
righteous give generously;
the Lord blesses will inherit the land,
he curses will be destroyed.
The Lord looks after those who trust in Him
Lord makes firm the steps
of the one
who delights in him;
he may stumble, he will not fall,
Lord upholds him with his
His personal testimony in old age
was young and now I am old,
yet I have
never seen the righteous forsaken
children begging bread.
are always generous and lend freely;
will be a blessing.
You can be confident in being righteous before the Lord
from evil and do good;
will dwell in the land forever.
the Lord loves the just
not forsake his faithful ones.
will be completely destroyed;
of the wicked will perish.
The way of the righteous is clear
The righteous will inherit the land
in it forever.
mouths of the righteous utter wisdom,
tongues speak what is just.
law of their God is in their hearts;
do not slip.
The Lord will preserve the righteous
wicked lie in wait for the righteous,
putting them to death;
the Lord will not leave them in the power of the wicked
or let them
be condemned when brought to trial.
in the Lord
He will exalt you to inherit the
wicked are destroyed, you will see it.
The Lord will deal with the wicked
have seen a wicked and ruthless man
like a luxuriant native tree,
he soon passed away and was no more;
looked for him, he could not be found.
The outcomes for the upright and the wicked is very different
the blameless, observe the upright;
awaits those who seek peace.
all sinners will be destroyed;
be no future for the wicked.
The Lord will always be there for the righteous
salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord;
he is their
stronghold in time of trouble.
Lord helps them and delivers them;
them from the wicked and saves them,
they take refuge in him.
Thoughts: This psalm contains more than most much fuel
for meditation on the good that the Lord promises for his people,
described variously in this psalm as ‘those who hope in the Lord…
the meek… those whose ways are upright… the righteous … the blameless…
one who delights in Him … the just … and whose lives are contrasted
with ‘the wicked'.]
to Psa 38