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“God’s Call of the Righteous”

(Part 1)

PSALM 37

 

Psalm 37:1-40 (NKJV)  

A Psalm of David.

Aleph (Alef)

Do not fret because of evildoers,

Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.

2For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,

And wither as the green herb.

Beth (Bet) (Vet)

3Trust in the Lord, and do good;

Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.

4Delight yourself also in the Lord,

And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Ghimel (Gimmel)

5Commit your way to the Lord,

Trust also in Him,

And He shall bring it to pass.

6He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,

And your justice as the noonday.

 Daleth (Dalet)

7Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;

Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,

Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.

 

He (Hay)

8Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;

Do not fret--it only causes harm.

9For evildoers shall be cut off;

But those who wait on the Lord,

They shall inherit the earth.

 

Waw (Vav)

10For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more;

Indeed, you will look carefully for his place,

But it shall be no more.

11But the meek shall inherit the earth,

And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

Zain (Zayin)

12The wicked plots against the just,

And gnashes at him with his teeth.

13The Lord laughs at him,

For He sees that his day is coming.

Heth (Chet)

14The wicked have drawn the sword

And have bent their bow,

To cast down the poor and needy,

To slay those who are of upright conduct.

15Their sword shall enter their own heart,

And their bows shall be broken.

Teth (Tet)

16A little that a righteous man has

Is better than the riches of many wicked.

17For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,

But the Lord upholds the righteous.

Yod (Yod)

18The Lord knows the days of the upright,

And their inheritance shall be forever.

19They shall not be ashamed in the evil time,

And in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.

Kaph (Kaf)

20But the wicked shall perish;

And the enemies of the Lord,

Like the splendor of the meadows, shall vanish.

Into smoke they shall vanish away.

Lamed (Lamed)

21The wicked borrows and does not repay,

But the righteous shows mercy and gives.

22For those blessed by Him shall inherit the earth,

But those cursed by Him shall be cut off.

Mem (Mem)

23The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,

And He delights in his way.

24Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;

For the Lord upholds him with His hand.

Nun (Nun)

25I have been young, and now am old;

Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,

Nor his descendants begging bread.

26He is ever merciful, and lends;

And his descendants are blessed.

Samek (Samech)

27Depart from evil, and do good;

And dwell forevermore.

28For the Lord loves justice,

And does not forsake His saints;

They are preserved forever,

Ain (Ayin)

But the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off.

29The righteous shall inherit the land,

And dwell in it forever.

Pe (Pay) (Fay)

30The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom,

And his tongue talks of justice.

31The law of his God is in his heart;

None of his steps shall slide.

Sade  (Tzadi)

32The wicked watches the righteous,

And seeks to slay him.

33The Lord will not leave him in his hand,

Nor condemn him when he is judged.

Qoph (koof)

34Wait on the Lord,

And keep His way,

And He shall exalt you to inherit the land;

When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.

Resh (Resh)

35I have seen the wicked in great power,

And spreading himself like a native green tree.

36Yet he passed away, and behold, he was no more;

Indeed I sought him, but he could not be found.

Shin (Shin)

37Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright;

For the future of that man is peace.

38But the transgressors shall be destroyed together;

The future of the wicked shall be cut off.

Tau (Tav)

39But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;

He is their strength in the time of trouble.

40And the Lord shall help them and deliver them;

He shall deliver them from the wicked,

And save them,

Because they trust in Him.

Psalm literally means “plucking the strings of a harp.”  They convey in words the inner most feelings of our hearts expression.  It is our heart “playing” to the Lord our prayers, our concerns, our faith, and our praise.

 

Psalm 37 is an acrostic poem, the stanzas of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

It is:

1. The ABC’s of God’s promise to the righteous.

Psalm 37:1, 7-8 (NKJV)  

A Psalm of David.

Do not fret because of evildoers,

Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.

7Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;

Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,

Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.

8Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;

Do not fret--it only causes harm.

Jesus told us not to worry therefore:

2. Do not FRET.

 

Psalm 37:3, 5, 40 (NKJV)  

3Trust in the Lord, and do good;

Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.

5Commit your way to the Lord,

Trust also in Him,

And He shall bring it to pass.

 

40And the Lord shall help them and deliver them;

He shall deliver them from the wicked,

And save them,

Because they trust in Him.

God is in control so:

3. TRUST in the LORD.

Psalm 37:4, 11, 23 (NKJV)  

Delight yourself also in the Lord,

And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

11But the meek shall inherit the earth,

And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

23The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,

And He delights in his way.

The joy of the Lord is our strength,

4. DELIGHT yourself in the LORD.

Psalm 37:5 (NKJV)  

Commit your way to the Lord,

Trust also in Him,

And He shall bring it to pass.

To enjoy all the blessings of God our part is to:

5. COMMIT your WAY to the LORD.

 

Psalm 37:7 (NKJV)  

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;

Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,

Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.

 

The ultimate test of faith is simply to:

6. REST in the LORD.

Psalm 37:7, 9, 34 (NKJV)  

7Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;

Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,

Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.

9For evildoers shall be cut off;

But those who wait on the Lord,

They shall inherit the earth.

34Wait on the Lord,

And keep His way,

And He shall exalt you to inherit the land;

When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.

The most difficult part of faith:

7. WAIT on the LORD.

The ABC’s of God’s promise to the believer is do not fret, trust in the Lord, delight yourself in the Lord, commit your way to the Lord, rest in the Lord and wait on the Lord.

Psalm 37:40 (NKJV)  

And the Lord shall help them and deliver them;

He shall deliver them from the wicked,

And save them,

Because they trust in Him.

 “god’s call OF THE RIGHTEOUS”

(Part 1)

PSALM 37

 

Psalm literally means “plucking the strings of a harp.”  They convey in words the inner most feelings of our hearts expression.  It is our heart “playing” to the Lord our prayers, our concerns, our faith, and our praise.

 

Psalm 37 is an acrostic poem, the stanzas of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

 

1. Psalm 37 is the ________ of God’s ____________ to the ___________________.

 

2. Jesus told us not to _________ therefore, do not _______.

 

3. God is in __________________ so ___________ in the __________.

 

4. The ________ of the Lord is our ___________________; ________________ yourself in the _____________.

 

5. To ____________ all the _____________ of God our part is to ______________ our _______ to the ________.

 

6. The ultimate ________ of ____________ is simply to ____________ in the __________.

 

7. The most ____________________ part of faith is to ___________ on the ____________.

“god’s call OF THE RIGHTEOUS”

(Part 1)

PSALM 37

 

Psalm literally means “plucking the strings of a harp.”  They convey in words the inner most feelings of our hearts expression.  It is our heart “playing” to the Lord our prayers, our concerns, our faith, and our praise.

 

Psalm 37 is an acrostic poem, the stanzas of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

 

1. Psalm 37 is the ABC’s of God’s promise to the righteous.

 

2. Jesus told us not to WORRY therefore, do not FRET.

 

3. God is in CONTROL so TRUST in the LORD.

 

4. The JOY of the Lord is our STRENGTH; DELIGHT yourself in the LORD.

 

5. To ENJOY all the BLESSINGS of God our part is to COMMIT our WAY to the LORD.

 

6. The ultimate TEST of FAITH is simply to REST in the LORD.

 

7. The most DIFFICULT part of faith is to WAIT on the LORD.

Psalm 40:1 (NKJV)  

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

I waited patiently for the Lord;

And He inclined to me,

And heard my cry.

Psalm 1:1-6 (NKJV)  

Blessed is the man

Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,

Nor stands in the path of sinners,

Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;

2But his delight is in the law of the Lord,

And in His law he meditates day and night.

3He shall be like a tree

Planted by the rivers of water,

That brings forth its fruit in its season,

Whose leaf also shall not wither;

And whatever he does shall prosper.

4The ungodly are not so,

But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.

5Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,

Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

6For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,

But the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)  

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding;

6In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He shall direct your paths.

Isaiah 14:3 (NKJV)  

It shall come to pass in the day the Lord gives you rest from your sorrow, and from your fear and the hard bondage in which you were made to serve,

Matthew 11:28-30 (NKJV)  

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

Hebrews 4:1-5 (NKJV)  

Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. 2For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. 3For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said:

"So I swore in My wrath,

'They shall not enter My rest,' "

although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: "And God rested on the seventh day from all His works"; 5and again in this place: "They shall not enter My rest."

Isaiah 40:28-31 (NKJV)  

Have you not known?

Have you not heard?

The everlasting God, the Lord,

The Creator of the ends of the earth,

Neither faints nor is weary.

His understanding is unsearchable.

29He gives power to the weak,

And to those who have no might He increases strength.

30Even the youths shall faint and be weary,

And the young men shall utterly fall,

31But those who wait on the Lord

Shall renew their strength;

They shall mount up with wings like eagles,

They shall run and not be weary,

They shall walk and not faint.

Psalm 37 (Amplified)

[A Psalm] of David.

 1FRET NOT yourself because of evildoers, neither be envious against those who work unrighteousness (that which is not upright or in right standing with God).

    2For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

    3Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed.

    4Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.

    5Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.

    6And He will make your uprightness and right standing with God go forth as the light, and your justice and right as [the shining sun of] the noonday.

    7Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him; fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass.

    8Cease from anger and forsake wrath; fret not yourself--it tends only to evildoing.

    9For evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait and hope and look for the Lord [in the end] shall inherit the earth.(A)

    10For yet a little while, and the evildoers will be no more; though you look with care where they used to be, they will not be found.(B)

    11But the meek [in the end] shall inherit the earth and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.(C)

    12The wicked plot against the [uncompromisingly] righteous (the upright in right standing with God); they gnash at them with their teeth.

    13The Lord laughs at [the wicked], for He sees that their own day [of defeat] is coming.

    14The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows to cast down the poor and needy, to slay those who walk uprightly (blameless in conduct and in conversation).

    15The swords [of the wicked] shall enter their own hearts, and their bows shall be broken.

    16Better is the little that the [uncompromisingly] righteous have than the abundance [of possessions] of many who are wrong and wicked.(D)

    17For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the Lord upholds the [consistently] righteous.

    18The Lord knows the days of the upright and blameless, and their heritage will abide forever.

    19They shall not be put to shame in the time of evil; and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.

    20But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of lambs [that is consumed in smoke] and as the glory of the pastures. They shall vanish; like smoke shall they consume away.

    21The wicked borrow and pay not again [for they may be unable], but the [uncompromisingly] righteous deal kindly and give [for they are able].

    22For such as are blessed of God shall [in the end] inherit the earth, but they that are cursed of Him shall be cut off.(E)

    23The steps of a [good] man are directed and established by the Lord when He delights in his way [and He busies Himself with his every step].

    24Though he falls, he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord grasps his hand in support and upholds him.

    25I have been young and now am old, yet have I not seen the [uncompromisingly] righteous forsaken or their seed begging bread.

    26All day long they are merciful and deal graciously; they lend, and their offspring are blessed.

    27Depart from evil and do good; and you will dwell forever [securely].

    28For the Lord delights in justice and forsakes not His saints; they are preserved forever, but the offspring of the wicked [in time] shall be cut off.

    29[Then] the [consistently] righteous shall inherit the land and dwell upon it forever.

    30The mouth of the [uncompromisingly] righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks with justice.

    31The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.

    32The wicked lie in wait for the [uncompromisingly] righteous and seek to put them to death.

    33The Lord will not leave them in their hands, or [suffer them to] condemn them when they are judged.

    34Wait for and expect the Lord and keep and heed His way, and He will exalt you to inherit the land; [in the end] when the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.

    35I have seen a wicked man in great power and spreading himself like a green tree in its native soil,

    36Yet he passed away, and behold, he was not; yes, I sought and inquired for him, but he could not be found.

    37Mark the blameless man and behold the upright, for there is a happy end for the man of peace.

    38As for transgressors, they shall be destroyed together; in the end the wicked shall be cut off.

    39But the salvation of the [consistently] righteous is of the Lord; He is their Refuge and secure Stronghold in the time of trouble.

    40And the Lord helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they trust and take refuge in Him.

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