Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. 7 Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.
This psalm reflects encouragement and instruction from David, a man who went through many trials and tribulations and was still a true man of God. This particular psalm is 40 verses of encouragement to the children of God. It tells of how the wicked will not have the victory. How the Lord is the One who holds our hand, how He does not forsake His godly ones, how those who wait for Him will inherit the land, how He loves justice, and how the LORD helps and delivers the righteous.
There are many situations in this psalm where the wicked seem to have the upper hand over the righteous, but David reassures us that those who practice evil will pass away, that the Lord will take care of them. David gives us help to understand what we must do to survive with the Lord’s help. We are to depart from evil and do good (27), wait for the Lord (9), and not fret about those who go their own way and yet still prosper. We are told that the righteous who have little is better than the wicked who have lots, and that the righteous will dwell forever in the land that they will inherit because of their faithfulness.
This psalm is full of promises of the Lord’s love and grace, His mercy and strength for those who lean on Him. It continually brings the situations full circle to the faithfulness of the Lord to those who serve Him and are His followers. It is a good reminder of the wonder of His love.