Over the ages, Christians have memorized many of these verses and found comfort. They will comfort you too. Print out one and place it on your fridge.
This is David’s encouragement again and again in this psalm.
He rolls around the same cycle of thought.
1. Don’t Fret.
We can often spend a lot of time in worry. Specifically here David points to the worry about evil people, those who would do us harm, those who fight against God.
2. God is faithful, He keeps us.
The cure for fretting is to turn our attention, our mind, to the Lord. His faithfulness. To trust Him and do His will (do good).
3. Wickedness will not last.
While our inheritance in the Lord is eternal life, evildoers have no such thing in their possession.
V10 says, “In just a little while, the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there.”
While for us, so very planted in time, this can seem a far-away hope compared with the present reality of evil.
But David calls us, God calls us, to believe the truth of His word. That the Lord laughs at the wicked, they are like smoke which vanishes away.
And while we walk this life, let’s be encouraged with v23-24, such wonderful steady hopeful words!
“The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand.”