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Commentary » Psalms 37:30-Psalms 37:40 »

The Conflict of Good And Evil

Joseph R. Sizoo, one-time pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington which Abraham Lincoln often attended, says he will never forget the day he held in his hands for the first time the Bible of Abraham Lincoln. It was the Bible from which Lincoln’s mother had … More


“The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of justice” (v. 30). The Psalmist declares his love for God’s law and his effort to make it a part of his life (v. 31). The following three points are often forgotten by the wicked:

  1. Truth is on the side of the Godly (vv. 32-34). The life of a righteous individual is a reproach to the person who is living wickedly. If it were not for the grace of God and  laws of the land, the righteous would  be massacred by the wicked. It may look like the wicked are prospering but a great day of reckoning is coming when truth will be settled on the side of the Godly.
  2. Time is on  the side  of the  Godly - (vv. 35-36). The communists think that time is on their side and they claim that the laws of history guarantee their ultimate success. However, they are wrong. Time belongs to God and is not on the side of the wicked. Sooner or later their time will run out and they will go to a Christless eternity. In contrast, time is a friend of the people of God and will bring them safely home at last.
  3. Trust is on the side of the Godly (vv. 37-40). The godly man has something that the ungodly man does not have. He has a trust in God that the wicked knows nothing about.  With wicked people on every hand the Lord brings salvation to all of those who take refuge in Him.

“Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time” (I Pet. 5:6).


If I have placed my complete trust in the Lord and am truly following Him, time is on my side regardless of what my circumstances may be. It was easy to say I was trusting the Lord to take care of me but I didn’t know what that really meant until I became a missionary and trusted in the Lord to bring in all the finances for my family. We found out that it did not have to be money but was food, clothing, gasoline etc. and was supplied daily as we needed it.

Psalms 37:30-40 (English Standard Version)

The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice. The law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not slip. The wicked watches for the righteous and seeks to put him to death. The LORD will not abandon him to his power or let him be condemned when he is brought to trial. Wait for the LORD and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off. I have seen a wicked, ruthless man, spreading himself like a green laurel tree. But he passed away, and behold, he was no more; though I sought him, he could not be found. Mark the blameless and behold the upright, for there is a future for the man of peace. But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed; the future of the wicked shall be cut off. The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; he is their stronghold in the time of trouble. The LORD helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.

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