“Do not fret because of evildoers, be not envious toward wrongdoers. For they will wither quickly like the grass and fade like the green herb” (Psalm 37:1-2).
“Fret” is a translation that fails to fully capture the angst of the psalmist. The Hebrew word depicts an anger and level of frustration that seethes beneath the surface. It is a theme dominating this psalm (1,7,8), and can dominate our lives as well. Like the psalmist, we have unfulfilled desires and dreams, we see injustice at every turn, and the battles against evil and life’s pitfalls are unrelenting. Things are not suppose to be this way. Don’t fret. The world is having its day, but the Lord will eventually have His.