Dr. Don Laughlin
EXODUS 20:15-17; PSALM 37:1-6
1. It is quite interesting to note that Psalm 37 is a sermon.
2. Psalm 37 is not filled with praise or prayers, but intense instruction.
3. Psalm 37:1-6 contains 7 imperatives.
4. Psalm 37 is loaded with admonitions to the faithful.
5. This valuable Psalm informs us what to do and what not to do.
6. God forbids us to fret at the prosperity of the wicked.
7. Matthew Henry gives us some very good reasons why we should not fret at the prosperity of the wicked. We are not fret....
a. Because of the scandalous character of the wicked (v.12, 14, 21, 32) notwithstanding their prosperity, and the honorable character of the righteous (v. 21; 26, 30, 31).
b. Because of the destruction and ruin which the wicked are going to experience (v. 2, 9, 10, 20, 35, 36, 39 and the salvation and protection which the righteous are sure of from all the malicious designs of the wicked (v. 13, 15, 17, 28, 33, 39, 40).
c. Because of the particular mercy God has in store for all good people and the favor he shows them (v. 11, 16, 18, 19, 22-25, 28, 29, 37).
8. This powerful psalm encourages us to teach and admonish other to rightly understand the providence of our great God and to accommodate ourselves to it, at all times carefully to do our duty and then patiently to leave the event with God and to believe that, how black soever things may look for the present, it shall be "well with those that fear God, that fear before him." Matthew Henry
9. We must understand that the wicked may look happy, but they will wither quickly like the grass.
10. We must understand that the wicked may look successful, but they will fade like the green herb.
11. Our Great God wants faithful followers to... a. Trust in YHWH. b. Do good. c. Dwell in the land. d. Cultivate faithfulness. e. Delight in YHWH. f. Commit your way in YHWH.
12. Trusting in God will.... a. Give the faithful follower "the desires of your heart. b. Bring forth your righteousness as the light. c. Bring forth your justice as the noonday-end-time judgment.
13. We are not to be envious of the wicked.
14. True faith is actively obedient.
15. This text admonishes us to "feed on truth".
16. Faith cures fretting.
17. We are envious of the wicked when we are not delighting in God.
18. God's faithful are to roll the whole burden of life upon the Lord.
19. We are to leave our vindication with the Judge of all the earth.
20. God's faithful refuse to allow the wicked to determine their future.
POSSIBLE QUESTIONS FOR YOUR STUDENTS
1. Are you jealous of the wicked?
2. Why are you jealous of the wicked?
3. How are you demonstrating that you are jealous of the wicked?
4. Do you allow your jealously to determine your attitudes, actions, and purchases?
5. Are you really sure of God's safety?
6. Do you desire what is lawful and really good?
7. Do you often complain to God regarding the success of the wicked and the lack of your success?
8. Is your jealously of the wicked leading you to have relationship with them?
9. Are you missing God's will due to your complaining and evil desires?
10. Do you really believe that it better to trust in the Lord than to put your confidence in man?