They Will Fade and Wither


Reading the Word

Psalm 37:1–6 (ESV)

1 Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! 2 For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. 3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. 4 Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. 6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.

Understanding and Applying the Word

Does life ever seem unfair? Why is it that those who pay no regard for doing what is right often seem to have great success? Should it not be the righteous who succeed? This observance is the topic of this psalm as David writes to us to tell us how to handle it.

“Fret not” is the advice of David. Do not worry about it and do not be envious of wrongdoers. Why? Because they will come to their end. They will fade like grass. And then they will stand before a holy and righteous God who will judge all.

Instead of fretting and being envious, we should trust in the Lord and do good. We should live in a way that delights God because he is faithful to the righteous and will reward them. We know from the rest of Scripture that God rewards those who turn from their sins and trust in him that he gives eternal life. May we commit our ways to him and wait for him to deliver us to himself.