"Do not fret when wicked people seem to succeed!
Do not envy evildoers!
For they will quickly dry up like grass,
and wither away like plants."
Look at anything happening in US news (politics?) right now and it seems that "evildoers" and "wicked" are constantly winning, succeeding, triumphing over those that are trying to live right and with integrity. It is easy to point fingers at those people out there...
But because of Jesus' ministry and those that He considered to be wicked and evil, I see this scripture speaking about the wicked within the church. The wicked were those that created fictitious rules in the name of God to oppress others. The evil were those that grabbed on to power, particularly religious power, to keep others down, and ultimately, away from the compassionate mercy of God.
This scripture speaks to injustice. In fact, all of Psalm 37 is about God fighting for our justice when everything around us seems so unjust. The wicked seem to prosper and succeed while all others are barely getting by. It is exhausting.
Do you see this happening around you?
Do you see those in positions of power oppressing others and seemingly "succeeding?"
Consider the story Jesus told about the seeds falling on the different types of soil (Mark 4). The people spoken of in this scripture are like the plants that seem to grow healthy and strong. They have grown for a while and seem to thrive. But as soon as they experience adversity or struggle, they dry up and wither away. Or they experience power and think themselves to be the most beautiful, most important flower in the field. They have no need for a "source" of nourishment. They depend upon themselves. With no roots dug deep into the soil.
Do not envy them. Their beauty is fleeting. Their power is compromised.
Be a person whose roots go down deep into the good, rich soil. The storms will beat down upon you. The wind will ravage your fragile petals. The wicked may trample you. Do not fret.
You will remain. With your fragile face lifted high toward the mid-summer sun.
You will remain.