Fighting Envy Pt2 Daily Devotion

Scripture: Psalms 37:1-7

3) Verse 4: “Delight yourself in the Lord” (that is, “trust in the Lord,”), “and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Now that’s an amazing promise, because envy usually arises from not having the desire of your heart. You will see somebody that has something that you wish you had, and you’ll see that this desire is missing in this life. So the best way to fight is to go to this promise and say, “Now Lord, you have made a covenant with me in verse 4. You say that, if I will put my delight in you, you will give me the desires of my heart. So I am now going to delight in you.”

Now that’s a key step: trusting in God sufficiently so that you come to rest in who he is for you. It may also have a profound effect on the kind of desires you must have met in order to be content. But all the desires that you have will eventually be satisfied. That’s the essence of those amazing promises in Romans 8:32 (“If he did not spare his own son but gave him up for us all, will he not with him freely give you all things?”) or in 1 Corinthians 3:21-23 (“All things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or life or death or things present or things to come—all are yours, and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s”). The Bible makes staggering promises for people whose delight is in God rather than things.

4) Verses 5 and 6. “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your vindication as the light and your right as the noon day.” Here’s a promise for you today: Isaiah 64:4: ‘Who has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him?'” “God works for those who wait for him.” That’s the word. And that word “work” (in the Hebrew) is there in verse 5: “He will work for you. He will vindicate you.” And that word “vindication” is precious too, because one of the things that lies behind envy oftentimes is the feeling that things aren’t going as well as they ought to go. We’re getting a raw deal while, for somebody else who doesn’t even deserve it, things are going much better. What we want is vindication, and that’s exactly what is promised here. The vindication will come.

5) Verses 9 and 11: “For the wicked shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall possess the land,” and, “the meek shall possess the land.” Now if you say, “Well wait a minute. I’m not a Jew, and I don’t expect to inherit Palestine,” be careful. All of the promises of the Old Testament made to Jews will either be fulfilled to you the way they are fulfilled to Jews or better.

Where in the New Testament is there a better promise with almost the exact same words of verse 11? The Beatitudes, namely, “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.” Alright, so I don’t get Palestine, just the earth. In fact, in Romans 4:13 it is those who are believers like Abraham who are called heirs of the world. 1 Corinthians 6 says that you will judge angels. To the disciples he said that they would sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. We, the non-disciples or non-apostles, will judge angels. The Bible is so full of the most stupendous promises that it can remove the resentful feeling that simmers beneath envy.

John Piper

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