Praying Through Psalm 37

Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb (Ps. 37:1-2)

Heavenly Father, you protect us from evil. Remind us not to be worried about evildoers or envious of what they have. We know that the righteous shall live by faith, but the wicked will fade away like the morning dew. Also, you have called us to love our enemies. If they persecute us, let’s show love in return. If they slander us, may we offer peace and reconciliation.

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 (Ps. 37:3-4).

O Lord, I have memorized this verse since first becoming a believer. When we delight in you and allow you to become the Lord of our lives, you will give us the desires of our heart. Amazingly, our desires will align with yours. Because all who trust in you desire to transform into your image and likeness. All who are born again delight in the Lord and obey His commands. Keep us on the narrow path that leads to life, and protect us from the broad way that leads to destruction. May we dwell in your holy land forever.

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 noonday (Ps. 37:5-7).

Heavenly Father, we commit to your ways. We trust in you. Forgive us of our transgressions. Lead us into your righteous path. May your Holy Spirit guide and teach us how to trust and delight in you. Your justice is as sure as the noonday. Your justice will reign forever. Even when things aren’t going as planned, may we believe that you will one day make all things right. For you are a good King.

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land (Ps. 37:7-9).

God, we patiently wait for you. The world has gone mad, but we know you will one day restore this broken place. Creator, strengthen our faith and help us to reject frustration towards evil people who prosper. We know their ultimate destination. Instead of envying them, we should be praying for their souls to be saved.

We also need to refrain from anger ourselves. Let us not be tempted by evildoers. Instead, give us the power of the fruit of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. When we allow these attributes to reign in our hearts, surely we will inherit the land. The land you have promised us, a land flowing with milk and honey. Let our hearts continually praise your great name. Amen.

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