Chapter 37: The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth
A Psalm of David.
David opens the first 2 verses of this Psalm by telling the reader that we are not to be worried about the “evil-doers” because they will soon be “cut down like the grass”. But he does give us some sound counsel…
“Trust in the Lord, and do good… delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” (Psalms 37:3-4)
The Book of Mormon also gives us some insight into our desires; “…I know that he [God] granteth unto men according to their desire, whether it be unto death or unto life…” (Alma 29:4; Book of Mormon)
Essentially we are reminded that God has given us agency, and with that agency we can have any desire of our hearts… we alone have the power to choose life or death. We can choose to be good or we can choose to be evil. If we chose to do good and we ask God for the righteous desires of our heart, He will grant them according to His will.
David goes on to speak about those who shall inherit the Earth and those who will have the support of the Lord…
“…those that wait on the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.” (Psalms 37:9)
“…the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” (Psalms 37:11)
“…in the days of famine they shall be satisfied…” (Psalms 37:19)
The meek shall inherit the earth. Who are the meek? To be meek, means to be humble and patient. Those who wait on the Lord and stay humble, will inherit the earth and come out triumphant.
I also read this verse which really stood out to me. It is a good reminder of living within your means and not borrowing more than you can pay for. After all if WE borrow WE must pay it back!
“The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth” (Psalms 37:21)
Chapter 38: Sins are Like a Disease
A Psalm of David, to bring to remembrance.
David explains the sorrows of his sins; “…there are no rest in my bones because of my sin. For mine iniquities are gone over mine head… they are too heavy for me.” (Psalms 38:3-4)
When we sin, we don’t feel right. David reminds us of the pains and sufferings that come from not following the commandments and sinning. David says “…I am ready to halt (stop what he is doing)…I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.” (Psalms 38:18)
David tells us of not only the sorrows, but the steps we can take to be free from those sorrows! He explains that he “halted” what he was doing and declared his sins, but not only that… he was sorry for doing them. David had truly repented.