As an old man, David now looks back on his life and writes a song dealing with one of the oldest questions mankind has, “Why do the wicked prosper and the righteous suffer?” The psalm urges Christians to trust God and not fret. It follows the Hebrew alphabet to help those who sing it to remember the contents of the song.
(1-2) Do not worry about evil people
David begins by encouraging the people of God to not worry about the wicked. Although they may appear to prosper, their end is sure and will come swiftly. They may appear to have envious lives, but in the end there is nothing they have that we truly want.
(3) Trust God and do good
Trust God to handle everything in this life, including the wicked. He is in control. Focus on what He has commanded you to do. Put all of your effort into obeying God instead of second-guessing Him.
(4) Delight in God
Seek to find satisfaction in God alone. Do not worry about the things of this life. He is all that you need. He will answer your prayers in His own timing. He will answer them in a way that truly brings satisfaction to your heart.
(5-7) Lean fully on God
Instead of worrying about the triumph of the wicked trust fully in God. Lean completely on Him. He will bring about justice. The truth will come out in the end. Rest completely in God; He will take care of everything.
(8-11) Stop getting angry
Although injustice makes us angry it accomplishes nothing. All our frustration will only lead us to sin. “The wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:20.) Wait on the Lord, and He will take care of it. Seek instead to be humble and find joy in the peace God gives.
Will you trust God?
Is there an area of your life where you need to obey God?
Will you surrender your life to Christ?