Thursday, 9 July 2020
Title: Forsaken, but not forsaken
Author: Hon Sir Neng

Psalm 37

The year 2020 has taken a different direction than we expected. Australia bushfires, COVID-19 pandemic, rumours of World War 3, as well as the chaos happening in the United States now. Here in Malaysia, the disbanding of our government led to much political turmoil and instability that we are facing (and many other consequences!). This naturally raises a question: has God forsaken us to all the evil in this world?

Psalm 37 is a psalm written by David, about God’s faithfulness to His people of all ages. As we read how God is faithful, we also learn about God’s faithfulness displayed to His church through Christ Jesus. Before you jump right into this devotion, I’d encourage you to read through the whole psalm and meditate upon it before reading this devotion. This devotion is only a guide; it is not the Word of God.

This psalm contrasts wicked with righteous men. Throughout this psalm, we read that the wicked ones are on their way to judgment. This psalm tells us that they will fade like grass (v2), they will be cut off (v9), they will be no more (v10), their arms will be broken (v17), and they will perish and vanish (v20). These are all acts of God’s judgment. God will definitely bring judgment upon them, at His appointed time. It is decisive and definite.

However, the righteous have a different outcome. Their outcome is one of security and safety. Throughout this psalm, the righteous will dwell in God’s Promised Land (v3, 11, 22, 29), delight in abundant peace (v11), are upheld by the Lord (v17, 24), have a heritage that remains forever (v18), will not be put to shame and will have an abundance (v19, 25, 26), and they will not be forsaken, but preserved (v28). Most importantly, verse 39 and 40 tells us that God is their salvation, stronghold and refuge because God will deliver them!

How should we respond? This psalm calls us to trust in God (v3 & 5). As cliché as it sounds, this is the only antidote to all our worries, especially when we feel forsaken. Would we rather pray or dwell excessively in our worries? This does not mean we do not do our part. But in doing our part, we trust in His outcome (v5: commit your way to the Lord).

In trusting Him, we find our delight in Him (v4). There is no better way to delight in God than praying, reading and meditating on God’s Word. Reading news is helpful, but dwelling in it negatively will only fix our eyes on the situation instead of on God. We are to also be still, wait upon Him (v7 & 34) and not fret (v7b) over all the evil around us. God will bring His judgment soon!

Lastly, we are to refrain from anger in order to forsake wrath and prevent us from evil (v7). At the same time, we are to turn away from evil and do good (v27). It is bad enough living with all the evil in this world. Doing “evil” to right an “evil” will not solve the problem of evil. The only way is for us to trust in God’s judgment and to do what we, Christians, are called to do: to let our good works shine (cf. Mt. 5:16 Rom 12:21).


God will never forsake His people. Those whom Christ died for will ultimately find their home in heavenly Zion (the true Promised Land). Though we might face problems now, we can be assured that we can trust in Him because He will NEVER forsake us. God has sent the ultimate blow to evil: the cross. As we pray, may we take some time to search the worries (especially if we feel forsaken by God) of our hearts and ask God to help us fix our gaze on Christ and to respond according to this passage.




诗篇37是大卫写的诗篇,讲述了上帝对各个年龄段的子民的信实。在探索神如何忠实的同时,我们也可以了解神通过基督耶稣向他的教会表现出的信实。在您全神贯注于此之前,我鼓励您通读整个诗篇,并在念诵此诗之前对其进行沉思。这种奉献只是一个指导; 这不是上帝的话语。