Psalm 37:7-11 [NLT]
Be still in the presence of the Lord,
and wait patiently for him to act.
Don’t worry about evil people who prosper
or fret about their wicked schemes.
8 Stop being angry!
Turn from your rage!
Do not lose your temper—
it only leads to harm.
9 For the wicked will be destroyed,
but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.
10 Soon the wicked will disappear.
Though you look for them, they will be gone.
11 The lowly will possess the land
and will live in peace and prosperity.
My reflections in prayer
Without even reading this portion of the psalm certain words jump off the page. “Be still”, “Don’t worry”, “trust in the Lord”. I confess that sometimes it is easier to talk about you than it is to talk with you. That “don’t worry” is easier said than done and that “trust in the Lord” is often done on the backside of fret. Take me from my weakness to meekness. Take me from my grasping at thin air, to clinging to your righteousness. Remind me that your mercy, leads to peace.
From Tim Keller’s book: SONGS OF JESUS
THE MEEK SHALL INHERIT. Who are the meek (verse 11)? The humble—who don’t second-guess God’s timing (verse 7). And the dependent—who leave vindication and vengeance to God (verse 9). David says they will possess the land, but Jesus speaks of meekness that inherits the whole earth (Matthew 5:5). Christians confess they have no power at all to save themselves and depend and rely wholly on the sheer grace of God. But how is that even possible? Because Jesus became meek and helpless (Matthew 11:29), like a lamb before his shearers. And why can Christians literally inherit the whole earth? Because he took our punishment Jesus was stripped of everything—they cast lots for his last possession, his garment. His amazing, loving meekness creates meekness in us.
Prayer: Lord, how I want the peace in my heart that comes from spiritual humility. I want the humility that rests in your wise dealings, the humility that makes bitterness impossible. You are “gentle and humble in heart,” so teach me this “rest for [the] soul” (Matthew 11:29). Amen.