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Evil is very real and people need to know how God wants us to live in the midst of the harm it causes. Psalm 37.12-20 reveals God’s view of evil and good people. It instructs God’s followers how to live in the face of evil.
The Wicked Plot
The schemes of evil people – terrorists, rogue nations, white color criminals, and the like – are adversaries to good people. The Psalm teaches us that God knows their schemes and acts on behalf of the good.
The wicked plot against good people
and glare at them with hate.
But the Lord laughs at wicked people,
because he knows they will soon be destroyed. (Psalm 37.12-13)
These verses are a mirror of Psalm 2, where people plot against God and his Anointed. God laughs at their evil schemes, because their strength can in no way compare to the power of his rule.
As we consider these evil plotters, the earlier verses of Psalm 37 instruct our behavior. Below are three ways we can behave in the face of evil, while we wait for God to act.
Verse 3 – Trust in the Lord and do good.
Verse 5 – Give yourself to the Lord; trust in him, and he will help you.
Verse 8 – Don’t give in to worry or anger; it only leads to trouble.
Oppression of the Poor and Needy
The wicked don’t fight against their own equals. Rather, they show their evil nature by attacking the poor and needy.
The wicked draw their swords and bend their bows
to kill the poor and needy,
to slaughter those who do what is right;
but they will be killed by their own swords,
and their bows will be smashed. (Psalm 37.14-15)
This Psalm observes that the plans of the wicked will fall in upon them. Evil people don’t believe that God will hold them to account. However, “the judge of all the earth has to act justly” (Genesis 18.25).
Apart from repentance and acceptance of forgiveness from God, evil persons will stand before God in judgment.
As we live in a world that is filled with evil, how shall we respond. Earlier verses in the Psalm counsel us. Below are three verses to consider as we trust God’s to judge the wicked.
Verse 4 – Seek your happiness in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desire.
Verse 7 – Be patient and wait for the Lord to act.
Verse 11 – The humble will possess the land and enjoy prosperity and peace.
God’s Upside Down Kingdom
I recently read about a man who cheated the government out of 50 million dollars in taxes. He committed years of “white collar” crimes, so he could purchase $3,000 shirts and $15,000 sport coats.
Many people fawned over this man and his wealth. Not God! God values things differently.
The little that a good person owns
is worth more than the wealth of all the wicked,
because the Lord will take away the strength of the wicked,
but protect those who are good. (Psalm 37.16-17)
Good people may not own expensive clothes, but the are friends of God. They may not be known in society, but they are well known in heaven.
Jesus put wealth in the right perspective when he said, “Be concerned above everything else with the Kingdom of God and with what he requires of you, and he will provide you with all these other things” (Matthew 6.33).
The wicked are a reality that people must face. Oppression in America and around the world is a daily experience for millions of people. There are generations of people who have never had the opportunity to live in freedom. However, God has a plan.
The Lord takes care of those who obey him,
and the land will be theirs forever.
They will not suffer when times are bad;
they will have enough in time of famine.
But the wicked will die;
the enemies of the Lord will vanish like wild flowers;
they will disappear like smoke. (Psalm 37.18-20)
A man who is frequently in the news has traded his reputation for millions of dollars in questionable deals over the years. He was asked, “What do you think about your legacy?”
The man replied, “I don’t care about my legacy. I will be dead.”
God would correct this man and others who think like him. The Bible says, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in the body, according to that has been done, whether it be good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5.10).
Truly, “the Lord takes care of those who obey him” (verse 18). If not now, when we receive our final reward.
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