Psalm 37:1-5:  DEVOTIONAL/PASSIONATE CHRISTIAN LIVING.

“A Psalm of David. Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou
envious against the workers of iniquity.  Trust in the LORD, and do good; so
shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.  Delight thyself also
in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.  Commit thy
way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.  (37:1-5)

Consider devotionally that mountain top assurance of  wants or “desires” of the
human heart, starts with the discords of fret, evildoers, envy, and workers of
iniquity.  That was the world in which David lived, and that is the world in which we
live today.  The message and messages of the Bible, if really from the Bible, do not
cater to your imaginations that the world is with you, and that the world will bless you.
 The Bible here in Psalm 37 and in the rest of the Bible recognizes that there are
evildoers and workers of iniquity all around you—in fact, in the majority.  How true is
the classical song of Christian worship, “this world is not my friend to lead me on to
God; sure, we must fight if we are to win, increase my courage Lord”.  David, called
a friend of God by God Himself, painted the darkness of the real world in which the
godly life as a necessary back ground for the excitements of having “the desires of
thine heart”.
Wish we could tell you, as the most famous popular preachers do now and all the
false prophets of Jeremiah, that as a Christian you are immune to fretting, evildoers,
envy, and the workers of iniquity; however it is not so.  The price of joing the human
race and all its blessings provided by God is pain, suffering, and sorrow, and the
price of accepting the way of being a Christian is a CROSS.  As William Penn, the
Quaker, expressed long ago, “No cross, no crown.”  If God had intended for your life
to be one of all ease and comfort, He would have taken you to heaven before you
reached the age of accountability, which out of His mercy and grace He does for
some when He recognizes that is the only way of escape that they might be able to
bear it.  Have you ever noticed that with every calamity like a hurricane, typhoon,
and any destructive work of nature that there are many significant acts of grace
where those like little babies are saved?
Now that is the dark background of the realities of the world in which we live; but
accepting this as a necessary challenge of life, we have sufficient background to
seek for how and what are the desires or wants of our heart {generally considered
happiness}, that we can expect to receive from our Maker.  David received them in
His life, and we can expect to receive them also if we understand what they are and
how we can meet the requirements.  Popular preachers today would spoon feed you
on the how of  receiving those dreams of your heart, and above all they will sugar
coat both the cross and how to get your wants.
You know the words, they just have not sunk into the heart of the average Christian
that is faked out by popular preachers of ease, comfort, and things:

“Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine
heart.”  (Psalm 37:4)

1. “Delight in the LORD” God is the necessary prerequisite of the satisfaction of
your happiness.  This alone requires work, but it is pleasant work, sort of like Jesus
taught,
“Come unto me all you that are heavy laden {by that dark background
of the realities of the world}, take my yoke and learn of Me for my yoke is
easy and my burden is light.”  (Matthew 11:28-30)
 Satan's trick is to present
with temporal and easy substitutes of delighting in God, and the popular preachers
are subtle in providing these worldly minded Christians with short and quick
substitutes at 1 hour of church attendance, which break down during the rest of the
week when confronted with the darkness of the world.
2. Wait a minute, it is necessary as David did to lighten the darkness of the
background by the believer taking the long look of the temporal versus eternity.  
These words are not mentioned in the verse before “delight in the LORD”, but the
encouraging thought is; and that thought is, that the darkness of fretting, evildoers,
envy, and workers of iniquity will only last for a little while, and “then comes the
morning”.

“ For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green
herb.”  (37:2)

3. And after that in the third verse, you have to get your head screwed on right with
a message the popular preachers will seldom share with you in entirety:

“ Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily
thou shalt be fed.”  (37:3)  

Give them the right message:  (a) they will be feed, “having food and raiment”, not
have a oil well or gold mine in every back yard in the sweet bye and bye; (b) you will
a measure of security in your land and home' (c) however once again you must meet
the prerequisites of doing good and trusting in the LORD.
4. You want the desires of your heart to come to pass, THEN--

“Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to
pass.  (37:1-5)
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