I remember as a boy when something would upset me – something I considered unfair or frightening… When that happened I’d express my concern and frustration in emotional, even frantic terms. My mother would look at me, and in a controlled (almost commanding) voice reassure me and say, “Now LeRoy, don’t be a fuss’n – stop you’re fret’n! It’s going to be OK!”
Well, that’s very much like the voice I heard from God’s word this morning from my Heavenly Father in Psalm 37…
“Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! … Fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the person who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil!” (Psalm 37:1, 7, and 8)
Now perhaps, you, like me, are sometimes given to “fretting” and “fussing” like this. You really need to read the rest of this wonderful Psalm! It declares that God is in control regardless of how things appear! It assures us that justice will ultimately be done! It reminds us that God will reward and care for those who are faithful to Him. The Psalm tell us that although the wicked may seem to prosper now and have their way, the Lord will have the last word! So we can stop our “fretting” and “fussing” and trust our loving Heavenly Father to work things out fairly and faithfully!
Here’s just a taste of the assurances the psalm provides… I don’t have time or space for them all…
“Evildoers – wrongdoers will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart! Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and He will act! He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him… For the evildoer shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land… Better is the little that that righteous has than the abundance of many wicked… The Lord upholds the righteous! The Lord knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will remain forever; they are not put to shame in evil times; in the days of famine they will have abundance… The steps of a man are established by the Lord and He delights in his way; through he fall, he will not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand. I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread. He is ever lending generously, and his children become a blessing!”
And that’s just a few of the things the Psalm declares… So LeRoy… “Stop fussing! Stop fretting!”