More than once, Psalm 37:34 predicts that the righteous will be exalted and the wicked will be cut off. The big question though is: “When?” When will the wicked cease from troubling and the weary be at rest? When will the wicked who prosper receive their punishment? When will the wicked who plot against the righteous have their plans overturned? For many believers, our issue is not whether, but when. To this sentiment, David writes:
WAIT ON THE LORD…Remember how the saints used to sing: “You can’t hurry God. No. You just have to wait. You have to trust Him and give Him time. No matter how long it takes. He’s a God that you can’t hurry. He’ll be there don’t you worry. He may not come when you want Him, but He’s always right on time.”
KEEP HIS WAY… While you are waiting, don’t freak out, don’t fall out, don’t cop out, don’t drop out. Continue to keep His way. It will work, if you work it.
HE SHALL EXALT YOU… This will be the Lord’s doing. He will do the work. He will elevate you. He will raise you up. When you exalt yourself, you run the risk of falling. However, when the Lord exalts you, you will inherit the land and be preserved forever. (v. 28)
YOU WILL SEE IT. Here is the juicy part. Psalm 118: 23 proclaims that this was the Lord’s doing, but the rest of the verse is: “it is marvelous in our eyes.” In other words, we get to see it. Not only will the wicked see the reward of theirs dirty deeds, the reward of the righteous is to be around to watch it all happen. Psalm 37: 34 does not give us an exact timetable for when the righteous will be exalted and when the wicked will be cut off, but we are assured that we will be around to see it. I don’t know about you, but that is good enough for me.
Dr. C. Dexter Wise III