Psalm 37

A psalm for Blessed Name

Blessed Name, don’t worry about self-centered people or those who only look out for themselves. Like the brown grass in your neighbor’s yard, they will fade. Like all flowers, they soon wither away. Instead, trust in the LORD Blessed Name and do the best you can. As a result you will live safely in the land and prosper.

Take delight in the LORD and His will, Blessed Name, and he’s going to give you what your heart desires. Dedicate everything you do to the LORD Blessed Name. Trust him, and he will help you. When you do, Blessed Name, He will make you radiate like the rising sun, and the justice of your (His) cause will shine like the sun at noon.

Be still in the presence of the LORD, Blessed Name, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about self-centered people who have (temporary) success or fret about their plans. Blessed Name, deal with your anger toward them! Don’t lose your temper, Blessed Name. It only leads to harm. Remember that self-centered people will fail at life and those who trust in the LORD will possess the land. Soon the self-centered will disappear. They will be gone and forgotten. The humble will possess the land and will live in peace and prosperity.

Blessed Name, you know that self-centered people love to take advantage of those who are generous. They laugh at what good people do and want. But the Lord has the last laugh, for he sees how they end up. They do their best to subdue and control the poor and the oppressed, to discredit and shame those who love God. Everything they do will backfire, hurting themselves and their tools of oppression and control. That’s why it is better to be godly Blessed Name even if you have less, than to be self-centered and richer. The temporary success and happiness of self-centered people will be shattered, while the LORD takes care of the godly. Every single day the LORD takes care of you Blessed Name, and you will receive an inheritance that lasts forever. You will not be disgraced in hard times. Even in a famine you will have more than enough.

Those that ignore the LORD are like flowers in a poorly kept garden: they will disappear like smoke. They borrow money and never repay, but you Blessed Name are a generous giver. Those whom the LORD blesses will have long-term success, those he curses … won’t. The LORD directs your steps. He delights in every single detail of your life. Though you will stumble, you will always get back up because the LORD holds you by His hand.

Once I was young, and now I am much older. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children stuck in poverty. The godly give generously to others, and their children are a blessing.

Blessed Name, the less self-centered you are and think of others first, the better you will live in the long term. Our LORD loves justice, and will never abandon you Blessed Name. He will keep you safe forever, but the children of the self-centered will die. The godly will possess the land and will live there. Blessed Name, give people good advice; and help people see how to live life without being so self-centered. Make God’s priorities yours and stay on the path God has set for you.

Self-centered people believe that taking advantage of people like you, Blessed Name, will help them in the long-term. They may win a few rounds, but they won’t make it to the final round! The LORD will not let them win, nor will He let godly people be condemned when they are put on trial.

Trust the LORD Blessed Name and what the LORD wants to get done in your life, even though it’s in his timing, not yours. Stay on the path He personally gave you, even when it doesn’t seem to make sense. You will win in the end, it’s true!

I have seen selfish and cruel people have temporary, meaningless success smiling and being happy. They were totally ignorant of what was going to happen to them and they just disappeared! Everything they did had fallen apart and failed!

Look at those who are honest and good, Blessed Name, for a wonderful future awaits those who love peace. Those that refuse to work with the LORD will end up vanishing because they have no future. The LORD will take care of you, He is your rescuer in times of trouble. The LORD will help you, Blessed Name, especially in dealing with self-centered people who are clueless about life. Relax, He has the situation in hand.