Do not compete with evildoers, be not envious of the doers of justice. vs 1-2
We should not be concerned about those who we know that are successful and do not trust in The Eternal. In fact, they live their lives quite the opposite. They do not acknowledge Him, or walk in His ways. They actually look down on us and consider us foolish for our beliefs. But the Creator of the universe tells us to trust Him and do good. Not only that but to rely on Him for our "enjoyments".(vs 4). Do not do as the unbelievers and stoop to cheating, lying or stealing for gain. If we wait on Him he will grant us the desires of our hearts. But if perchance He does not, we are still to obey and commit our ways to Him. Remember Job? He lost everything he had, yet he said: Though he slay me, yet will I trust him. Even so I will defend my own ways before him. Job 13:15. In other words, Job was so confident that he had done no wrong, that he was prepared to defend himself before The Eternal. May we all live such a life before Him as that!
Better are the few with the righteous, than the multitude of many wicked. vs 16. Physically and spiritually though we stand alone He is always with us, and if he is with us who can be against us? No one who plots evil against us will be able to stand. Even at the most bleakest of times when it looks as if all hope is lost, suddenly victory is ours because we did not lose hope in the One who is in control of all. If you have not read the story of Gideon, I invite you to read it now. (Judges 6-8)
Remember, do not worry or be fearful. He will not forsake his devout ones - they will be eternally protected It is the wicked who will be cut off, (vs 28) so do not be envious of them or follow their ways.
May your Sabbath be blessed!
Hadassah Michal Veirs