Don’t bother with those who climb the ladder,who elbow their way to the top. In how many ways the wicked labour to beat down the ideas, thwart the plans, and wound the feelings of the righteous!2. Look at the energetic tradesman; he seems incessantly active; he labours early and late; nothing seems so foreign to him as rest. Nay, even though the Almighty should reduce, instead of exalting us, and assign us trouble and disgrace, where perhaps we might hope for a better lot; yet will it not be difficult to find a lenitive for this grievance. Perhaps we cannot see the whole movement, but it bears steadily and continuously onward, every incident, every crossing and confusion of incidents swept on at God's own rate, and in nice adjustment with God's own plan. Did you ever study the waves of the ocean? But, assuredly, it should be a hopeful waiting. Thus, obedience is not always cheerful; and just in proportion to its lack of this element, it is defective. THEIR APPLICATION. They are carried on in the larger order of God's plan. Psalm 37:7 > NIV KJV ESV NKJV. Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. 84). It is an arraignment of God's providence, which is presumptuous, and a discontent which is ungrateful, and an undervaluing of that inward prosperity which is the greatest good of life. All his sympathies, interests, hopes, are rooted in the earth, and he will hold on to the last with the energy of desperation; still he must go.2. II. Now, at length, beaten with the struggle, and ceasing our efforts, we may be taking an enforced rest; we may just lie quiet for a time, and this may seem to be "a rest in God"; while, on the contrary, it is only an inevitable pause in our fruitless endeavour, a hall of energy by which the mind recovers its power of self-infliction. Being Confident Surrendering Patience, In Christian Living Patience Prayer, Persistence In Quietness Rest, Spiritual Waiting On God Worship, Elements Of. It is much more easy to work energetically if the day of service be short, than to work patiently, faithfully unto the long day's end; and it is much more easy to bear the shower that drenches you than to bear the drizzling mist that comes down and wraps you in coldness and chili,(J. Jenkyn Brown. Therefore keep to the right and the true. (2) As raging. Add to this, that a contented deportment, under adversity or distress, is the most probable means of engaging the Almighty to withdraw His scourge.(J. To wait for the Lord is to wait for His promised help, and to hope in Him for deliverance out of all our troubles. Be still; and murmur not against the Lord, because He does not deliver thee at once out of thy distresses.II. Believe that the Lord lives, acts, governs. They have full confidence in the love of their parents, and no doubt as to their power. THEIR OPPOSITION BRINGS ON THEM TERRIBLE MISERY.1. 1. Let not the stillness be mere torpor. Can the boldest imagination create a figure to give a more terrible representation of misery than this — the "laugh" of the Infinite? How patiently Christ waited; for thirty years He waited in obscurity for the ministry to begin. THIS SHOULD BE A MESSAGE OF COMFORT TO US AMID LIFE'S PAINFUL PERPLEXITIES, One night Henry Drummond sat up with a young man who had lost himself in philosophical speculations. I have seen the house, with the letters cut into the stone, almost a foot deep; and it is let now for a school, This may seem a simple matter. THIS SHOULD BE A MESSAGE OF COMFORT TO US AMID LIFE'S PAINFUL PERPLEXITIES, One night Henry Drummond sat up with a young man who had lost himself in philosophical speculations. Do not vainly argue the question; be silent to God, and he will speak by-and-by and explain the difficulties of his providence. Hope enters into the battle full of expectation, and confidence, and strength; patience is the virtue of the veteran who has gained it in many a struggle, in many a march, and in many a triumph. and wait patiently. Lay to heart the truth that God, as surely as He lives, is oil the side of right. WAIT PATIENTLY FOR HIM.1. to religious faith and the side of God. (Ver. Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their … Did you ever study the waves of the ocean? A religious life is favourable to life. Be still before the L ord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! To the eye of reason it seems as though the man were walking aimlessly; as though his life, with its continual interruption, and confusion, and stumbling, and baffling, were an utter, irredeemable failure. I. GOODNESS IS NOT SO MUCH SPECIFIC DEEDS AS A FAITHFUL HEART: it is being, rather than doing, though sure to lead to right doing. It is exposed to a violent termination. We have thought, I say, that those were disordered periods. And so it seems not only to reason, but to weak faith. Don’t bother with those who climb the ladder, who elbow their way to the top. So these spaces of apparent confusion in our lives are not out of order. A remarkable instance of the kind may be found in Esther (chaps. Quiet down before GOD, be prayerful before him. He sunk, and sunk; all his splendour disappeared, and he gradually came down to poverty and his children too, and the very house in which he lived is in ruins." Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. They lose heart and lose faith, and then very speedily they cease to work altogether. Read more Share Copy Show footnotes A service of Faithlife / Logos Bible Software. but what is your religion and faith good for, if it will not hold you to the primary truths of religion? Psalm 37:7 MSG - Quiet down before GOD, be prayerful - Bible Gateway. Meanwhile, we must rest and wait. This psalm is addressed to a soul which is confused and alarmed by this aspect of the world. But something has changed. Cancel. We are to wait unwaveringly (ver. His help will come, if we wait; His help will be sufficient when it does come.(H. Psalm 37 - Of David. That kind of anger is a "mark of the beast." In the other case, the long, weary, exhausting affliction seems to wear out all elasticity, all strength, and all hope in the soul. Psalm 37:7 - ESV. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. The wicked prosper. When it is learnt, then will Christ's kingdom have come. That it is not natural to us; that nothing is, indeed, less natural. And to any one that shall be so impertinent as to require satisfaction as to God's distributions, our Saviour's answer to St. Peter may be a sufficient reply: "If I will" that it be thus or thus, "what is that to thee?"II. SILENT TRUST IN GOD, WAITING FOR HIM, IS THE ONLY TRUE SOLUTION OF THE DIFFICULTY. As an old man (Ps. It speaks of the blessings of good conduct, the ills of betrayal, a plea for mercy and praises to God. "Delight thyself also in the Lord, and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart." WITH REGARD TO OURSELVES. These words of David have been of great comfort to many who have been overwhelmed by the fights and fancies of evildoers, who in comparison with the godly man, seem to prosper in the ways of the world and who can excite envy from those that are seeking to walk in spirit and truth. A remarkable instance of the kind may be found in Esther (chaps. The body rests; it is this rest which "knits up the ravelled sleeve of care," which is "sore labour's bath," "balm of hurt minds," "great nature's second course," "chief nourisher in life's feast." THE PRAYERFUL ENDURANCE AND EXPECTATION. Psalm 40:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. Psalm 37:7 Multilingual: Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Today, we will be looking at Psalm 32 the message verse by verse and how it applies to our lives. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who … 7. Commentary. How ARE WE TO GROW IN THIS GREAT GRACE? 1. They were not. 1. Therefore keep to the right and the true, to religious faith and the side of God. For in it we become transformed and bear God's impress. His will. And these works of nature are all symbols of the inner growth. Let not the dumbness be numbness. The seed of the serpent has from the beginning had a venomous animosity to the good. II. Psalm 37:7-8-9 The Message (MSG) Quiet down before GOD, be prayerful before him. Perhaps we cannot see the whole movement, but it bears steadily and continuously onward, every incident, every crossing and confusion of incidents swept on at God's own rate, and in nice adjustment with God's own plan. When you have thus come out of the field into the palace of love, the first staircase is described as "trust and do." Bible Language English. The prosperity of evil-doers will soon come to an end; for it is unrighteous, and cannot last in the world of a righteous God. Another says, "I can tell you. 5. Whilst remembering the judgment that is coming upon the wicked if they do not repent, we are to pray for them that they may. Psalm 42 is a lament psalm written by men who formerly were able to freely worship God with the Lord’s people. Being the Lord's, we should rest in Him.3. The psalm backs its exhortations by numerous promises (vers. WITH REGARD TO THE PERSONS SAID TO BE THUS PROSPEROUS. Roe, M. A.I. Psalm 37:7(NLT) Verse Thoughts. of that water and shut out all the rest, you might say that it was a mere watery chaos; but when your eye takes in the whole wave, you see that a common movement propels its whole mass, and takes up into itself all these minor movements, and bears them on with the regularity of a marching host. Read verse in New International Version They find their wants supplied, and they have no cares. Would we allow ourselves leisure to view the precipice which the most exalted sinner stands upon, how unsure his footing, how liable to be shaken by opposition from below, or the hand of vengeance from above, and how much more fatal a fall may be from so dangerous an height; we should find nothing so tempting in it as to raise our discontent, or provoke one wish to change an innocent inglorious safety for so hazardous an eminence.III. We have been watching the course of a man in God's way — a traveller who is long in coming to the end — on whom God's providence imposes various and trying delays. I have lost sight of him for many years." 1. They have full confidence in the love of their parents, and no doubt as to their power. Like the hidden fire of the volcano, it reveals itself by terrible vibrations. IV. There is natural amiability, but that has cost no struggle. Stillness the very opposite of self-trust, which is the common root of these two false schemes — seemingly so opposite — of the spiritual life — the life of the mere formalist, and that of him who is engaged in a heart-eating searching into his own frame and feelings. Just as gravitation acts upon each separate particle of the stone which rolls down the mountain-side, so God's general providence reaches its result through the special providences. )The folly of fretful envy of the wickedHomilist.I. Quiet down before GOD, be prayerful before him. Hope is the flush of the morning-dawn, bright and gladsome, indeed; patience is the seeing sun in its golden softness and beauty, gilding and crowning the last hours of the day. xxxvii. But if, on the other hand, we will go simply, humbly, trustingly to God as our Father, then rest may be found. Roe, M. 4. In religion all means are ends, and all ends only means to some larger end. Don’t bother with those who climb the ladder, Sign up for these short lessons that answer basic questions about the Bible, NIV and The Message Side-by-Side Bible, Two Bible Versions Together for Study and Comparison, Bonded Leather, Black, Large Print, NIV and The Message Side-by-Side Bible, Two Bible Versions Together for Study and Comparison, Large Print, The Message Large-Print Deluxe Gift Bible--soft leather-look, navy, The Message Deluxe Gift Bible, Sunlight/Grass Leather-Look. 2. It inflicts an injury on the soul of its possessor. For His arrangements concerning our afflictions. "Wait" signifies to be strong, firm, stable; to wait, stay, delay: to wait for, to await, from the notion of enduring, holding out, which is kindred with that of strength. You are not in the devil's world, He neither made nor governs it. Look especially at verse 23. Submission to all God's will. (2)By separation from the unclean, by self-dedication to God, and by solemn covenant engagements.2. There is a beautiful promise in the thirty-seventh Psalm, "Delight thyself in the Lord, and He will give thee the desires of thine heart," which it is, … Rev. Psalm 37:7-20: Be still before the Lordand wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Cebu City Foursquare Gospel Church. So does Christianity turn upside down the vulgar vanity of our ambition, and empty our worldliness of blessedness. "Wait" signifies to be strong, firm, stable; to wait, stay, delay: to wait for, to await, from the notion of enduring, holding out, which is kindred with that of strength. 3. So our lives are what their details are. Retail: $19.98. 3. It is as when one has been travelling for long hours over a rough road, amid storm and mist, with night drawing on, looking, as he gains the top of every successive hill, for the spires of the city to which he is going, and seeing instead only a new stretch of dreary road, and a new hill to be climbed — he is tempted to think his guide has lost the way, and to take matters into his own hands. Psalms 37:7-9. The philosopher sneers at the marking of the sparrow's fall; but it is in the ordering of just such details that God fulfils Himself in history. I think you must regard him as looking upon some of the great perplexing events of God's providence. Then —. Open your Bibles to Psalm 42. In Mr. Winston Churchill's Life of his father we have the story of one who had it in him to be one of the most influential workers of his age, but who failed because he was all impulse, impatience, restlessness, and left little behind save the memory of a most pathetic career. To the man who waits on God it is indispensable that he trust his guide. He is not to fret himself because of the prosperity of the wicked. 8). But all this opposition only brings ruin on themselves. Be still; and murmur not against the Lord, because He does not deliver thee at once out of thy distresses. You are not in the fields among the wild beasts; cease to hunt them: Come within doors into your Father's house. Over against it all it sets the great truth — "God reigns," and the consequent precept — "Trust in Him." "Wait patiently for" the Lord, for this is the only way of keeping our minds calm. Do we do well to be angry, if, having a proper competency, we want only what would be a clog and incumbrance? "Fret not thyself." (March: R. Vincent, D. D.)Patient waiting upon GodJ. 1. WITH REGARD TO THE PERSONS SAID TO BE THUS PROSPEROUS. I. Be still; and think not hard thoughts of God, because He permits thee to suffer. Meanwhile, we must rest and wait. It stimulates to the infliction of injury upon others. The ruin involves(1) The contempt of Jehovah. Quiet down before GOD, be prayerful before him. "For Him." The whole way is ordered, it is true, but ordered through the steps. It is to believe He will give and guide; and so it implies faith. But all this opposition only brings ruin on themselves. Trust that He knows all and sees all. To wait patiently upon the Lord is a means of grace, but it is also a feature of a lofty spirit. All the nine beatitudes, with, perhaps, one exception, pronounce their blessing on what the world would call tame and passive traits. And, first, need I say, that such growth must be the work of His grace. WITH REGARD TO OURSELVES. "Fret not thyself," says the psalmist (ver. Look especially at verse 23. Our God is the "God of patience." It is a rest of mind, a sense of security and fixedness; 4. Men, under the influence of anger, are ever disposed to mischief; their tongues deal out slander, their hands are lifted in battle, and their feet are "swift to shed blood."II. It is an approach to the Eternal One. Would we allow ourselves leisure to view the precipice which the most exalted sinner stands upon, how unsure his footing, how liable to be shaken by opposition from below, or the hand of vengeance from above, and how much more fatal a fall may be from so dangerous an height; we should find nothing so tempting in it as to raise our discontent, or provoke one wish to change an innocent inglorious safety for so hazardous an eminence.III. We have been watching the course of a man in God's way — a traveller who is long in coming to the end — on whom God's providence imposes various and trying delays. 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