“Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.”
Psalm 37 is a psalm about the righteous enduring the reign of the wicked. In this psalm, there is found a pathway to victory. The Believer can find great success in this pathway if they will choose to walk therein. It won’t be an easy pathway, but the pathway will lead the righteous to be exalted in the land. Let me share with you the five necessary actions the righteous need to take to having victory over the wicked.
First, trust in the LORD. Verse 3 says, “Trust in the LORD, and do good…” What does it mean to trust in the LORD? It means that you continue doing good to others even when you can’t see any good in return. Just because others may be treating you wrong doesn’t give you an excuse to treat them wrong. If you truly trust the LORD, you will continue to do good to others even when you see no benefit of the good. Moreover, trusting doesn’t mean that you understand what the LORD is doing. The reason you have to trust the LORD is because you don’t understand why He has not changed your situation. My friend, the LORD has never failed you in the past, and He is not about to fail you in the present.
Second, delight in the LORD. Verse 4 says, “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” You will never see victory over the wicked unless you choose to act upon God’s desires. It is easy to want to retaliate when the wicked do you wrong, but the one who is following the LORD will act according to the LORD’s desires.
Third, commit to the LORD. Verse 5 says, “Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” You will never see victory if you don’t commit yourself to serve the LORD no matter what you face. This is the key to victory. You must commit yourself to serving the LORD even when you don’t see any way out of your situation. Let me ask you; how committed are you to the LORD? Are you only going to serve the LORD while times are good? Commitment is serving the LORD even when His way doesn’t benefit you. It is when the Believer is committed to the LORD’s way even when it doesn’t benefit them that proves their love to the LORD.
Fourth, rest in the LORD. Verse 7 says, “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.” Resting in the LORD means you won’t worry about the prosperity of the wicked. You will never see victory if you are concerned with what the wicked are seemingly getting away with. You are going to have to trust the LORD to rest in the LORD. Your rest comes when you spend time in the Scriptures and prayer. Resting in the LORD is where you will find the release to the pressures of life. Don’t allow the pressures of hardships to cause you to fold in the time of adversity.
Fifth, wait on the LORD. The verse above shows that the way to wait on the LORD is to continue to do right. If you will continue doing right, you will eventually see the end of the wicked. My friend, don’t be impatient; you are going to have to trust that the LORD will reward you for doing right and judge the wicked for their wickedness. The pathway to victory is not an easy pathway, but if you will find victory if you perform these five actions discussed in this devotional.