Psalm 37:8
Refrain from anger and abandon wrath; do not fret--it can only bring harm.
Sermons
FretfulnessJohn W. Norton.Psalm 37:8
DiscontentJ. Parker, D. D.Psalm 37:1-12
Fret NotT. Spurgeon.Psalm 37:1-12
Fretful EnvyHomilistPsalm 37:1-12
FrettingJohn Cox.Psalm 37:1-12
FrettingJ. Scilley.Psalm 37:1-12
The Cure for CareJ. H. Jowett, M. A.Psalm 37:1-12
The Good Man's DirectoryC. Clemance Psalm 37:1-40
Two PicturesW. Forsyth Psalm 37:1-40
A Sacred Duty and a Gracious RewardT. Yockney.Psalm 37:3-8
A Simple GospelJohn Hunter, D. D.Psalm 37:3-8
A Sure Method of Obtaining Our DesiresSketches of Four Hundred SermonsPsalm 37:3-8
Christian WaitingH. Ward Beecher.Psalm 37:3-8
Delight in GodJ. Marriott, M. A.Psalm 37:3-8
Delight in GodH. Allon, D. D.Psalm 37:3-8
Delight in God the Origin and Perfection of Human PleasurJ. Seed, M. A.Psalm 37:3-8
Delight in PrayerS. Charnock.Psalm 37:3-8
Delight in the LordH. Reynolds, D. D.Psalm 37:3-8
Delight in the LordJ. Monro Gibson, D. D.Psalm 37:3-8
Delighting in GodW. Dickson.Psalm 37:3-8
Delighting in the LordJ. Baker Norton.Psalm 37:3-8
Delighting in the LordC. Voysey, B. A.Psalm 37:3-8
Desires AnsweredHomiletic ReviewPsalm 37:3-8
Genuine Piety the Antidote to EnvyHomilistPsalm 37:3-8
On Trust in GodS. Partridge, M. A.Psalm 37:3-8
Our Heart's DesireR. J. Campbell, M. A.Psalm 37:3-8
Rest to the Aching HeartS. Baring Gould, M. A.Psalm 37:3-8
Sunshine in the HeartPsalm 37:3-8
Temporal ProsperityEvangelical Advocate.Psalm 37:3-8
The Desires of the HeartPsalm 37:3-8
The Remedy for Hard TimesH. Ward Beecher.Psalm 37:3-8
The Secret of TranquillityA. Maclaren, D. D.Psalm 37:3-8
The Strongest and Sweetest Songs Yet Remain to be SungA. E. Hooper.Psalm 37:3-8
Trust in the Lord and Do GoodJ. Baldwin Brown, B. A.Psalm 37:3-8
Work and WagesJohn W. Norton.Psalm 37:3-8
Christian Resting and UnitingS. T. Huntingdon, D. D.Psalm 37:7-11
Christian Resting and UnitingS. T. Huntingdon, D. D.Psalm 37:7-11
Confidence in GodC. Short Psalm 37:7-11
Patient Waiting Upon GodJ. Jenkyn Brown.Psalm 37:7-11
Rest for the TroubledM. Wilcox.Psalm 37:7-11
Rest for the TroubledR. M. Wilcox.Psalm 37:7-11
Rest in the LordH. Reynolds, D. D.Psalm 37:7-11
Rest in the LordPsalm 37:7-11
Rest in the LordJ. S. Maver, M. A.Psalm 37:7-11
Resting and WaitingG. L. Jarman.Psalm 37:7-11
Resting in the LordJ. Bailey, Ph. D.Psalm 37:7-11
Resting in the LordJ. Bailey, Ph. D.Psalm 37:7-11
Silent and Patient Waiting for the LordH. O. Crofts, D. D.Psalm 37:7-11
Stillness in GodBishop S. Wilberforce.Psalm 37:7-11
The Believer's RestPsalm 37:7-11
The Folly of Fretful Envy of the WickedHomilistPsalm 37:7-11
The Gate to the Waiting-PlaceMarch: R. Vincent, D. D.Psalm 37:7-11
The Good Man in TroubleT. Binnecy.Psalm 37:7-11
The Prosperity of the Wicked ConsideredJ. Roe, M. A.Psalm 37:7-11
Waiting Upon GodT. Binney.Psalm 37:7-11
Waiting Upon GodTrevor H. Davies.Psalm 37:7-11
The text of the whole psalm is in the first two verses. We are not to be discouraged in the service of God by the prosperity of the wicked; for it is more apparent than real, and is a short-lived prosperity. At the seventh verse the psalm takes a fresh start from the same key-note.

I. SILENT TRUST IN GOD, WAITING FOR HIM, IS THE ONLY TRUE SOLUTION OF THE DIFFICULTY. (Ver. 7.) Do not vainly argue the question; be silent to God, and he will speak by-and-by and explain the difficulties of his providence.

II. ENVIOUS ANGER THAT THE WICKED ARE BETTER OFF THAN YOU IS SINFUL. (Ver. 8.) It is an arraignment of God's providence, which is presumptuous, and a discontent which is ungrateful, and an undervaluing of that inward prosperity which is the greatest good of life.

III. IT IS THE RIGHTEOUS WHO REALLY INHERIT THAT WHICH IS BEST IN THIS LIFE. (Vers. 9, 10.) The prosperity of evil-doers will soon come to an end; for it is unrighteous, and cannot last in the world of a righteous God. But the righteous have an inward life that turns outward things into gold; they feast royally at the table of God, as is said in the twenty-third psalm.

IV. THE PRECEDING THOUGHT IS REPEATED WITH THE PROMISE OF AN ABUNDANCE OF PEACE. (Ver. 11.) Our Lord repeats the former part of this verse in the Sermon on the Mount. "The meek - those who do not vainly strive and fret over the impossible or the inevitable - shall inherit the earth." And shall have peace of heart and mind, which the wicked have not. - S.







Fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
I. IT IS A SIN AGAINST GOD. Caesar having prepared a sumptuous feast for his nobles and friends, the day appointed for it proved so inclement, that all went wrong. He was so much out of temper on this account, that he commanded all who had bows to shoot their arrows upward toward Jupiter, their chief god, as being the cause of their disappointment. The silly order was obeyed, but the arrows, instead of striking the mark aimed at, fell back with violence on their own heads. Thus, also, the inconsiderate complaints of the fretful are, in fact, arrows shot in defiance against the majesty of God, but certain to hurt none but those who send them.

II. IT IS SURE TO DESTROY AFFECTION, AND IS THE BANE OF DOMESTIC HAPPINESS. Husbands, wives, children, relatives, or servants have little real love for the fretful and the fault-finding.

III. IT OFTENTIMES ENCOURAGES AND CULTIVATES A SPIRIT OF HYPOCRISY in those who are brought under its baneful influence. Everybody is afraid of arousing the unhappy disposition and calling down the tempest on their own heads. Hence children and servants get into the habit of concealing all they possibly can from those who are so little disposed to make allowance and go forgive. They cannot get up their courage to be frank and open-hearted, and deceit and falsehood are the consequence. Fretfulness is always foolish; always a thing to be sorry for and ashamed of. Bitterness, harshness, and fault-finding are the offspring of it — and these are no agreeable inmates of the soul. However uncomfortable and hard our lot may be, it certainly will not make matters better to be sour with the world, and crusty and crabbed to those about us.

(John W. Norton.)

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