Psalm 37

Trusting in God's Faithfulness: Lessons from Christ's Teachings



Psalm 37 offers wisdom on trusting in God's faithfulness, overcoming worry and envy, and living in righteousness. As we explore this Psalm through the lens of the New Covenant and the teachings of Jesus Christ, we gain deeper insights into the call to trust, the pursuit of righteousness, and the ultimate victory of the faithful.

Section 1: Trusting in God and Overcoming Worry (1-9)

"1 Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong... 3 Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture... 9 For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land."

Talking Points:

Cross Reference: Matthew 6:33, "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."


Section 2: Delighting in the LORD and His Righteousness (10-20)

"10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found... 16 Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked... 20 But the wicked will perish: Though the LORD's enemies are like the flowers of the field, they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke."

Talking Points:

Cross Reference: Matthew 16:26, "What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?"


Section 3: The LORD's Care for the Righteous (23-40)

"23 The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; 24 though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand... 28 For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones... 39 The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; he is their stronghold in time of trouble."

Talking Points:

Cross Reference: John 10:28, "I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand."



Psalm 37, interpreted through a New Covenant, Christ-centered perspective, provides wisdom about trusting in God and pursuing righteousness, precepts embodied in Jesus Christ.

The instruction to "trust in the LORD and do good," and to "delight yourself in the LORD," echoes Jesus' teachings about trust in God (John 14:1) and seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33).

David's caution not to fret over those who do evil but prosper temporarily, points towards Christ's Sermon on the Mount, where He blesses the meek and promises that they will inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5).

The promise that the righteous will be preserved forever finds its ultimate fulfilment in Christ, who grants eternal life to those who believe in Him (John 3:16). Furthermore, David's affirmation that God upholds the righteous aligns with the assurance that Jesus gives His followers that He will never leave them nor forsake them (Hebrews 13:5).

In all these ways, Psalm 37 foreshadows the teachings of Jesus and the values of His kingdom.