Daily D – Psalm 37:23-24
Psalm 37:23, 24
The LORD makes firm the steps
of the one who delights in him;
though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the LORD upholds him with his hand.
The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Ps 37:23–24.
Stalwart walks in step with GOD;
his path blazed by GOD, he’s happy.
If he stumbles, he’s not down for long;
GOD has a grip on his hand.
Most everyone has heard Psalm 37:4 quoted at one time or another. It is often excised from its context and used to declare how God will give us what we want. Of course, this is nearly the opposite of what this text actually says.
Look at how the psalm begins. Verse 1 in the New American Standard Bible says, “Do not get upset because of evildoers, Do not be envious of wrongdoers.” The Christian Standard Bible says, “Do not be agitated by evildoers; do not envy those who do wrong.”
The New Living Translation says, “Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong.” The Message says, “Don’t bother your head with braggarts or wish you could succeed like the wicked.” The New International Version says, “Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong.” Notice how the word fret comes up again and again. We see it in verse 7. It shows up again in verse 8.
Maybe our Father in heaven does not want us to live with anxiety as a regular guest star in our homes, work, and relationships.
How can we avoid anxiety? How can we overcome a sense of overwhelm? Take a look at verses 3-9. There are several commands here. Ponder the bold text below.
Trust in the LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the LORD,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.
7 Be still before the LORD
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.
9 For those who are evil will be destroyed,
but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.
The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Ps 37:3–9.
What do you notice? Here’s a thought or two:
- Anxiety melts away when we acknowledge God is in charge.
- Worries disappear when we trust God.
This is a good psalm to pin, to return to regularly, to commit to memory. This is a good psalm to read aloud. This is a good psalm to hear read aloud by your Bible app.
What is God saying to you today through this psalm?
- Which of the commands in this psalm is most meaningful to you?
- How will you take delight in your relationship with God today?
I will delight myself in God who holds my hand and catches me when I stumble.
Our Father, thank you that anxiety and irritation do not have to rule my day. You are in charge of my life. I delight in knowing and experiencing you. I trust you will hold me, protect me, defend me, empower me, and shine through my life to others. I trust you. Amen.
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Psalm 32:7-9 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. Interlude The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”
Exodus 39:42, 43 So the people of Israel followed all of the Lord’s instructions to Moses. Then Moses inspected all their work. When he found it had been done just as the Lord had commanded him, he blessed them.
Exodus 33:13 “If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor. And remember that this nation is your very own people.”
Exodus 31:1-5 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft!”