My Faith and Political Debate – Psalm 37

Because there is so much political noise in the media this week, one thing  standing out to me in Psalm 37 is that being “all worked up” is only bound to bring trouble. The dictionary says the word fret means to become anxious, agitated, worried, or annoyed. The Bible says to stop going there.

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“Cease from anger and forsake wrath; fret not yourself—it leads only to evildoing. For evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait and hope and look for the Lord [in the end] shall inherit the earth” (Psalm 37:8-9 AMP).

It does not say that those who win the argument or get the most votes inherit the earth, it says those who wait, hope, and look for him will.

The following verses make it clear the righteous person does not stop showing mercy, being gracious, and doing good. Maybe this is how to stop the anger, instead of managing it!

“I have been young and now am old, yet I have not seen the [uncompromisingly] righteous forsaken or their seed begging bread. All day long they are merciful and deal graciously.  They lend, and their offspring are blessed.  Depart from evil and do good; and you will dwell forever [securely]” (verses 25-27).

What I do not see in this chapter is any reference to avoiding political discussion, or even debate. I only see the benefit of keeping my trust in God foremost in my mind, and continuing to be busy doing what he wants me to do (“all day long”).

“For the Lord delights in justice and forsakes not his saints. They are preserved forever…” (verse 28).

by Kathy Sheldon Davis