Praying Through: Psalm 37:16-40

The Psalm

Psalm 37 (CSB)
16 The little that the righteous person has is better than the abundance of many wicked people.

17 For the arms of the wicked will be broken, but the LORD supports the righteous.

18 The LORD watches over the blameless all their days, and their inheritance will last forever.

19 They will not be disgraced in times of adversity; they will be satisfied in days of hunger.

20 But the wicked will perish; the LORD’s enemies, like the glory of the pastures, will fade away— they will fade away like smoke.

21 The wicked person borrows and does not repay, but the righteous one is gracious and giving.

22 Those who are blessed by the LORD will inherit the land, but those cursed by him will be destroyed.

23 A person’s steps are established by the LORD, and he takes pleasure in his way.

24 Though he falls, he will not be overwhelmed, because the LORD supports him with his hand.

25 I have been young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous abandoned or his children begging for bread.

26 He is always generous, always lending, and his children are a blessing.

27 Turn away from evil, do what is good, and settle permanently.

28 For the LORD loves justice and will not abandon his faithful ones. They are kept safe forever, but the children of the wicked will be destroyed.

29 The righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it permanently.

30 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom; his tongue speaks what is just.

31 The instruction of his God is in his heart; his steps do not falter.

32 The wicked one lies in wait for the righteous and intends to kill him;

33 the LORD will not leave him in the power of the wicked one or allow him to be condemned when he is judged.

34 Wait for the LORD and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land. You will watch when the wicked are destroyed.

35 I have seen a wicked, violent person well-rooted, like a flourishing native tree.

36 Then I passed by and noticed he was gone; I searched for him, but he could not be found.

37 Watch the blameless and observe the upright, for the person of peace will have a future.

38 But transgressors will all be eliminated; the future of the wicked will be destroyed.

39 The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD, their refuge in a time of distress.

40 The LORD helps and delivers them; he will deliver them from the wicked and will save them because they take refuge in him.

The Prayer

My Only Gift of Righteousness

All of my days

  • were filled with evil
  • treason
  • unholiness
  • vile
  • and dread before you.

I was once

  • foolish
  • disobedient
  • led astray
  • a slave to various passions
  • and pleasures
  • passing my days in malice
  • and envy
  • hated by others
  • and hating others.

But when you appeared,

  • O Lord
  • you brought your goodness
  • and loving kindness
  • and you saved me
  • Not because of anything I have ever done
  • or will ever do
  • but only because of your great mercy
  • and you washed me
  • my giving me a clean heart
  • and filling me richly
  • with your Holy Spirit.

And now I am justified

  • by your grace
  • and now I am heir
  • because you are only hope
  • for eternal life.

Be thou my vision

  • forever.