“Fret not thyself because of evildoers…”Psalm 37:1
Three times in Psalm 37 the Bible tells us to fret not. That is often easier said than done. The word fret literally means to get heated or to burn. Fretting is the opposite of trusting and reveals itself to us in the form of anger. Psalm 37:8 says, “Cease from anger, forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.” If your first response to situations of life is ANGER, then your problem is probably a fretting problem.
There are a few ideas in Psalm 37 to help us with our fretting:
- Trust in the Lord and Do Good – Vs. 3
This is often easier said than done, but when we begin to fret about things that are out of our control we are to be reminded that nothing is out of God’s control.
- Delight Thyself In The Lord – Vs. 4
There may be nothing delightful about your situation but there is always something delightful about the Lord. He can (and will) give us peace in life’s storms, joy in our trials, and strength in our weakness.
- Commit Thy Way Unto Him – Vs. 5
Commit means to roll it onto something. We are told to roll our burdens over on the Lord. God will help us carry them.
- Rest in the Lord – Vs. 7
So many things in life are uncertain. The outcome of every day is questionable. God is our rock in an unstable world. He never changes. His promises are more certain than the rising of the sun. He will take care of his children. You can rest in that.
When you begin to fret today, instead of getting all heated and upset, ask the Lord Jesus Christ to give you the peace that only He can give.