Have you ever been in a situation where someone got away with doing something wrong and they were not caught or worse, they were promoted? How does seeing or experiencing injustice affect you? Does it cause you to doubt those in charge? Does it cause you to not trust those around you? Does it steal your hope for a better future?
Injustice is rampant in society today and has caused many to fall into hopelessness and despair. Who can they trust? Where do they put their faith? Where do you put your faith? Placing hope and faith in anything in this world is dangerous because it will fail you. Anxiety and depression occur when the objects of our hope are not working.
Injustice and evildoers steal hope. Constantly seeing injustice and not seeing right judgments can cause one to lose trust in any authority figure or system. History is full of stories of injustice.
Fortunately for us, we have the Word of God. The Bible is replete with examples of what to do when injustice is rampant. Psalm 37 is my go-to psalm when I begin doubting the world around me.
The theme of Psalm 37 is the heritage of the righteous and the calamity of the wicked. Psalm 37 begins with ?Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, And wither as the green herb.?
The Strong?s Concordance defines the word ?fret? mentioned in Psalms 37:1 as to burn or be kindled with anger. Merriam-Webster defines fret as to eat, gnaw into or cause emotional strain. Fret accurately describes how focusing on injustice or evildoers affects us. Fretting steals our joy and peace. It also causes us to be envious of those doing the injustice by placing our focus on their earthly rewards for their misdeeds.
In Psalm 37, King David gives guidelines for dealing with injustice:
- Do not fret
- Do not be envious
- Trust in the Lord and do good
- Feed on His faithfulness
- Commit your way to the Lord
- Trust in Him
- Rest in the Lord
- Wait Patiently on Him
- Cease from anger
- Forsake wrath
A few of the promises listed in Psalm 37 are:
- Evil doers shall be cut down like grass
- The Lord will give you the desires of your heart
- He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light
- Those that wait on the Lord shall inherit the earth
- The meek will inherit the earth and delight themselves in an abundance of peace
- The Lord upholds the righteous
- The Lord is our strength in time of trouble
- The Lord will deliver the righteous
Meditate on Psalm 37 today. Break it down into 3 sections and focus on a section at a time.
- Psalm 37:1-11
- Psalm 37:12-26
- Psalm 37:27-40
We must focus on the Lord and Our Living Hope. We are called to endure to the end (Matthew 24:13).
H – Holding
O – On
E – Enduring
Now may the God of hope fill you with ALL joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit! (Romans 15:13)
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