This is the final part of our series in Psalm 37. I have enjoyed this study very much and hope that you have found it to be a blessing and encouragement as well!
"I have seen a wick, violent man spreading himself like a luxuriant tree in its native soil."
Trees thrive in their native environments and can grow to be very large and strong. Yet, it can be cut down or rot away, or something can cause it to pass away. The wicked will experience the same, even though at a time he may be strong and powerful and thriving in his ways.
"Then he passed away, and lo, he was no more; I sought him and he could not be found." The wicked will pass away, and even though he will be searched out he will not be found.
God's dealings with the righteous is quite different. Verses 37 and 38 contrast the righteous and the wicked man. "Make the blameless man, and behold the upright; for the man of peace will have posterity. But transgressors will be altogether destroyed; the posterity of the wicked will be cut off." God will establish the righteous but the wicked will be cut off.
Over and over again we have seen the fate of the wicked in contrast to the righteous. Everyone is wicked from the day that they are conceived, so how do we become righteous rather than wicked? Verse 39 shows us the answer. "But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord." The Lord is the One who gives salvation, and there is nothing that we can do to deserve or earn it. Call upon the name of the Lord and you will be saved.
The righteous find hope and rest in the Lord. "He is their strength in time of trouble. The Lord helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in Him." God is our strength, He will deliver us and save us. We can take refuge in Him, for He is faithful and worthy of our trust.