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Do not fret because of those who are evil
or be envious of those who do wrong;
2 for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.
3 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.
10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
though you look for them, they will not be found.
11 But the meek will inherit the land
and enjoy peace and prosperity.
These are arguably the most encouraging words from the Old Testament for those who are endeavoring to walk in faith in this strange “New Covenant” which Jesus has made with the world. Dr. Earl Lee late president of Point Loma Nazarene college penned a book some years ago called the “Cycle of Victorious Living”. In that book he wrote an amazing exposition of this Psalm with particular focus on these verses. Hearing him speak at a Layman’s retreat many years ago, my fledgling walk with Jesus was transformed from one of constantly ducking to avoid the next blow to one of walking daily in the victory I have in Christ Jesus. (Publisher: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, Anniversary edition (January 1, 1995)
Do not Fret!