7 Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.
8 Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper— it only leads to harm.
9 For the wicked will be destroyed, but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.
Psalm 37:7-9 (NLT)
Welcome to the fifth installment on my study of Psalm 37. Psalm 37:7-9 elaborates on the issue raised in Psalm 37:1, which is the prosperity of the wicked. Don’t you think there will be less confusion if all the godly people are rich and the wicked are all poor? However, things on earth are not that simple. We can see in today’s world that many wicked people are richer than the godly despite God’s promises of prosperity to the latter. Some of us could have gotten angry over this. In the above passage, the Lord tells us not to be angry and be patient.
Psalm 37:7 tells us to be still in the presence of the Lord and wait patiently for him to act. This means he will act even if you cannot see the results right now. We are to get into the presence of the Lord and be still. Why? Only when we are in the presence of God, we are able to see things in perspective. We will not just focus on the temporary obstacles we are facing right now but we will be able to see what God has planned for us.
Let me give you an analogy. You may see dark clouds covering the sky. The climate is dark and cold. This is all you can see. If you are to allow your feelings to be dictated by the things you can see, you will get depressed because you can only see dark clouds. However, should you choose to “see” beyond the dark clouds, the sun is still shining up there. The dark clouds are here for a season. Soon, they will have to disperse and you will see the sun shining again.
When we are in the presence of the Lord, we will be able to see beyond the dark clouds. All the solutions we need are with God and the only way we can have access over them is to be in his presence.
God is not surprised when we get angry over the injustice we see around us especially when wicked people getting rich and powerful. However, He wants us to stop being angry and lose our temper because it will only harm us. Think about it. What will happen to the people you get angry over? The answer is nothing. They are not harmed nor will they suffer any loss. When we get angry and in bitterness, we are only harming ourselves. We are denying ourselves our joy. Our faith will be blocked when we don’t have joy in our hearts. You can try this experiment. Pray for something and believe you receive. At the same time, think of thoughts that make you angry and bitter. Are you still in faith?
Psalm 37:9 tells us why we should not be angry at all. No matter how rich and powerful the wicked people appear to be right now, they will not last for long. They will be destroyed by their own wickedness. What will happen after that? Those who trust in the Lord will possess the land. We, who trust in the Lord will possess the land. This is Wealth Transfer. Let me support this with another verse.
22 Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren, but the sinner’s wealth passes to the godly.
Proverbs 13:22 (NLT)
The bottom line is, don’t waste time being angry over the issue of wicked people getting rich. Be still in the presence of the Lord and trust in him. Soon the wicked will be destroyed and all their riches will be yours.