18 Day by day the Lord takes care of the innocent, and they will receive an inheritance that lasts forever.
19 They will not be disgraced in hard times; even in famine they will have more than enough.
20 But the wicked will die. The Lord’s enemies are like flowers in a field— they will disappear like smoke.
Psalm 37:18-20 (NLT)
Welcome to the tenth installment on my study of Psalm 37. The first part of Psalm 37:18 says day by day the Lord takes care of the innocent. The term “day by day” tells us that our God is consistent in his love for us. Every day without fail, he cares for us.
The term “innocent” refers to people do not spend their days scheming and plotting to harm others. It is impossible to expect God to take care of you when you are involved in drugs or any activities that harms others. It is against the nature of God to bless us in order for us to harm other people. We have to keep our innocence to ensure the continual flow of prosperity into our lives. If you have made mistakes before that had affected your innocence, then God wants you to turn away from those destructive acts and start trusting in him. He will give you a fresh start.
We will receive the inheritance that lasts forever. Our inheritance is not meant to be temporary. When God blesses us, he blesses us for eternity.
29 And now, may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For you have spoken, and when you grant a blessing to your servant, O Sovereign Lord, it is an eternal blessing!”
2 Samuel 7:29 (NLT)
Psalm 37:19 highlights the resilient nature of our inheritance. We will not be disgraced in hard times. This means no matter how bad the situation around us has become, we will not fail. Our God is more than able to help us to overcome any challenge in our lives. Therefore, whenever you find yourself in a difficult situation, don’t feel distressed as if you have no hope. Take it as another opportunity for you to use your faith. Use your faith to fight it out and triumph over the difficult situation. Your reward will be great.
The second part of Psalm 37:19 tells us we will have more than enough even in famine. Famine is a situation in which there is no harvest. No harvest means no income. Today’s equivalent is recession. When a country is in recession, a lot of people will lose their jobs or receive lesser salaries. Generally people get poorer in a recession. Most people will be very grateful if they have the money to pay for their basic necessity in a recession. The last thing they will ever think of is prosperity. Yet, God promised us on having more than enough in a famine.
What is more than enough? It means abundance or prosperity. Our prosperity is not dependent on the state of the economy. Our prosperity comes from the integrity of God. The only way Christians can be poor is when God loses his integrity. The idea of God wanting Christians to be poor is nothing more than a lie from the pit of hell. It is our right as well as our responsibility as Christians to be rich for us to do the things God wants us to do. Famine and recession have no right to deny us of our rights and responsibility.
Psalm 37:20 tells us the future of our enemies. They will die. They will disappear like smoke. Therefore, we should not waste time focusing on their temporal existence. So what if the wicked people appears to be very strong and tough right now? Our God has promised that they will turn into smoke and disappear. The only thing we should focus on is to build our relationship with God. God is the source of our eternal success and prosperity.