Blessed are the Meek
Last week we talked a little about the fact that meekness is not weakness using the example of our Savior who embodied meekness. When Jesus preached His famous sermon on the Mount, he began to teach about meekness, and just how strong it is!
Matthew 5:5 “Blessed are the meek, because they shall inherit the earth.
But did you know that our Lord was quoting David?
 
Also last week we saw King David’s frustration at those who were falsely accusing him and saying they were witnesses to his crimes. But we also saw him refocus on the greatness of his God, who was greater than his problems.
This week we are going to look at one of David’s Hebrew acrostic psalms, which is only found in certain of our English translations. In this study, the translation used is from the version entitled “ THE SCRIPTURES, 2009”.

He Will Not Forsake His Saints
Psa 37:1 Aleph Do not fret because of evil-doers, Do not be envious of the workers of unrighteousness. :2 For they soon wither like grass, And fade like green plants.
 
In our English translations, we do not see the Hebrew letter for “A” but in the Hebrew scrolls, since Hebrew is read from the right to the left, the first letter is the aleph.
אַל

This Hebrew word אַל means not, nothing: – nay, neither, + never, no, nor, not, nothing worth, rather than. David began this psalm with a word he assumed his readers would understand that something they were not to do would follow it! What is it that they were not to do?

Fret over evil doers~ when we define the word ‘fret’ in English it means to rub away at, be irritated. But the Hebraic root word David used is khaw-raw’ which is defined as:
to glow or grow warm; figuratively (usually) to blaze up in anger, zeal, jealousy: – be angry, burn, be displeased, earnestly fret self, grieve, wax hot, be incensed, kindle wrath.
What was it that this man after God’s heart understood about human nature, and the tendency we all have when we burn with anger at those who do evil? Wrath leads to vengeance and passionate violence!
David also used the aleph to lead into his second statement, do not be envious of workers of unrighteousness. He used another Hebrew root which means ‘be provoked to jealousy’. God knows and these evildoers will have to face Him on judgement day!
Remember the verse that says in Hebrews chapter 10: 30 For we know Him who has said, “Vengeance belongs to Me, I will repay, says the Lord.” And again, “The Lord shall judge His people.” :31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
 
Psa 37:3 Bět Trust in יהוה, and do good; Dwell in the earth, and feed on steadfastness. :4 And delight yourself in יהוה, And let Him give you the desires of your heart.
Bet is the letter “B” in Hebrew, which we again do not see in our English translations. What does the bet have to do with these verses? David used the Hebrew word בָּטַח baw-takh’ which means; properly to hie for refuge; figuratively to trust, be confident or sure: – be bold, confident, secure, sure, put confidence, (make to) hope, (put, make to) trust. This is more than just trusting for it is a place of refuge, a hiding place within Yahweh where one is protected from all evil! This holds true for today’s disciple as well!
Col 3:2-3 Be mindful of things above, not on things on the earth. :3 For you (that old sinful nature) died, and your life has been hidden with Christ in God.
When we live our lives do we show our neighbors, our family, coworkers what it is to steadfastly do what is good? Or do we habitually fall back into that old human nature and give them reason to doubt our Christianity by our behavior?
When we delight ourselves in God, are we soft or pliable in His hands? Because that is also in the Hebrew word definition for delight.
Psa 37:5 Gimel Commit your way to יהוה, And trust in Him, and He does it. :6 And He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your right-ruling as midday.

Gimel is “G” and David used the Hebrew  word,  גָּלַל gaw-lal’
: to roll : – commit, roll away, roll down, roll together, seek occasion, trust, wallow.
This lets us know that the key to God giving us illumination which produces
His righteousness in us is when we let go, let GOD work!
Rom 8:28-29 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. :29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, for Him to be the First-born among many brothers.
 
Psalm 37:7 Dalet “D” Rest in יהוה, and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man doing wicked devices.
דָּמַם
daw-mam’ to be dumb; to be astonished, to stop; also to perish:
– cease, be cut down (off), forbear, hold peace, quiet self, rest, be silent,
keep (put to) silence, be (stand), still, tarry, wait.

Psa 37:8 Hě (H) Abstain from displeasure, and forsake wrath; Do not fret, also to do evil. :9 For evil-doers are cut off; But those who wait on יהוה, They shall inherit the earth.
הרף
This is very interesting for the root word for ha-rawk’ means to slacken
– abate, cease, draw toward evening, forsake, leave, let alone, (be) slack, stay,
be still, be slothful, weaken.
 
David was sharing a very awesome spiritual truth here,
for he was telling his readers to forsake displeasure and wrath at the ungodly behavior of the “unsaved”.
That those who wait expectantly:
-who gather (together), look for, patiently tarry) on Yahweh (Father God)
shall occupy and possess the earth!
What? David clarified his point:
 
Psa 37:10 Vav (Letter V, used also as the conjunction “and”)
Yet a little while and the wrong is no more;
And you shall look on his place,
But it is not.
:11 But the meek ones shall inherit the earth,
And delight themselves in plenty of peace.

David began these verses with a word that started with vav
and is the Hebrew conjunction for “and”.
ועוד
The Young‘s Literal translation stays true to the Hebraic thought:
Psa 37:10 (YLT) And yet a little, and the wicked is not,
and thou hast considered his place, and it is not. :
11 And the humble do possess the land,
and they have delighted themselves in the abundance of peace.

When Christ preached his sermon on the mount,
it is clear that David’s 37th psalm was foremost on his mind!
Psa 37:12 Zayin (letter Z) The wrong plots against the righteous,
And gnashes his teeth at him. :13 יהוה laughs at him, For He sees that his day is coming.

זָמַם
zaw-mam’ is the first word of this thought and is a primitive root;
to plan, usually in a bad sense: – consider, devise, imagine, plot, purpose, think (evil).
 
Psa 37:14 Khet (letter KH) The wrong have drawn the sword And have bent their bow,
To cause the poor and needy to fall, To slay those who walk straightly.
Psa 37:15 Their sword does enter into their own heart, And their bows are broken.

חֶרֶב
kheh’-rev = drought; also a cutting instrument (from its destructive effect), as a knife, sword,
or other sharp implement: – axe, dagger, knife, mattock, sword, tool.
It has been proven that, politically, many choose their political agenda
over the welfare of those who truly need to be upheld,
and it will be done by any means necessary.
The standards they hold others to do not seem to apply to themselves.
Human nature has not changed much with time.
 
Psa 37:16 Tet (a form of the letter T)
Better is the little of the righteous one, Than the riches of many wrongdoers.
:17 For the arms of the wrongdoers are broken, But יהוה sustains the righteous.
 

טוֹב
tove  is good in the widest sense;
the good, goods or good things, good men or women), also as an adverb (well):
– beautiful, best, better, bountiful, cheerful, at ease, (be in) favour, fine, glad, good deed,
graciously, joyful, kindly, kindness, liketh (best), loving, merry, X most, pleasant,
pleaseth, pleasure, precious, prosperity, ready, sweet, wealth, welfare, (be) well ([-favoured]).
Psa 37:18 Yod יהוה knows the days of the perfect, And their inheritance is forever. :19 They are not ashamed in a time of evil, And in the days of scarcity of food they are satisfied.
יָדַע
 
yâda‛ to know; – acknowledge, acquaintance (-ted with), be aware, comprehend,
consider,
(can, cause to) discern, discover, endued with, have knowledge, (
be, make, make to be, make self) known, perceive, privy to, regard, have respect, b
e sure, can tell, understand, have understanding.
 
The New Testament says the same:
2Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal,
The Lord knoweth them that are his.
And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
 
Psa 37:20 Kaph (K) But the wrongdoers shall perish;
And the enemies of יהוה,
Like the splendor of the meadows they vanish,
Like smoke they vanish away.
 
כִּי
kee the Hebrew word for ‘forasmuch, inasmuch, but, certainly, doubtless, + else, even,
+ except, for, how, (because, in, so, than) that, + nevertheless, now, rightly, seeing, since, surely, then, therefore’.
 
Psa 37:21 Lamed (L) The wrongdoer is borrowing and does not repay,
But the righteous one shows favor and gives.
:22 For His blessed ones inherit the earth,
But those cursed by Him are cut off.

לָוָה
law-vaw’
properly to twine, that is, to unite, to remain; to borrow or to lend: – abide with, cleave, join (self), lend (-er).
This shows that those who take but do not give will have no part in God’s covenant relationship for the words,
cut off, mean to be removed from covenant~This thought carries over into the New Testament as well!

Luke 6:37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned:
forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: 38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down,
and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.
For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
 
Psa 37:23 Mem (M) The steps of a man are ordered by יהוה, And He delights in his way.
:24 Though he falls, he is not cast down, For יהוה is supporting his hand.
 
In Hebrew, David began these verses with the word
מִצְעָד mits-awd’   a step; figuratively companionship: – going, step.
Psa 37:25 Nun (N) I have been young, and now I am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,
Or his seed begging bread. :26 All day long he is showing favor and lending; And his seed is for a blessing.
 
The beginning Hebrew word here is 
נַעַר nah’-ar  a boy, from the age of infancy to adolescence; 
 
Psa 37:27 Sameḵ  (S) Turn away from evil, and do good; And dwell forever.
:28 For יהוה loves right-ruling, And does not forsake His lovingly-committed ones; They shall be guarded forever,
But the seed of the wrongdoers is cut off.
:29 The righteous shall inherit the earth, And dwell in it forever.
This passage begins with 
H5493     סוּר sûr, a primitive root; to turn off (literally or figuratively)
: – be [-head], bring, call back, decline, depart, eschew, get [you], go (aside), X grievous, lay away (by),
leave undone, be past, pluck away, put (away, down), rebel, remove (to and fro), revolt,
X be sour, take (away, off), turn (aside, away, in), withdraw, be without.
Psa 37:30 Pě  (P or PH) The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, And his tongue talks of right-ruling.
:31 The Torah of his Elohim is in his heart; His steps do not slide.
Here the word David used is פֶּה peh which is  the mouth (as the means of blowing), whether literally or figuratively (particularly speech); 

Psa 37:32 Tsadi (TS) The wrong one is watching for the righteous, And is seeking to slay him.
:33 יהוה does not leave him in his hand, Or let him be declared wrong when he is judged.
The root word for this passage chosen by David is
The word here is
צָפָה tsâphâh  another  primitive root;
properly to lean forward, that is, to peer into the distance; by implication to observe,
await:  – behold, espy, look up (well), wait for, (keep the) watch (-man).

Psa 37:34 Qoph (Q) Wait on יהוה and guard His way, And He shall exalt you to inherit the earth
– When the wrongdoers are cut off, you shall see it.
קָוָה qâvâh A primitive root; to bind together (perhaps by twisting), that is, collect;
(figuratively) to expect: – gather (together), look, patiently, tarry, wait (for, on, upon).
Psa 37:35 Rěsh (R) I have seen the wrongdoer in great power,
And spreading himself like a native green tree.
:36 Yet he passed away, and see, he was not;
And I sought him, but he was not found.
רָאָה râ’âh A primitive root; to see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied,
transitively, intransitively and causatively): – advise self, appear, approve, behold, X certainly, consider,
discern, (make to) enjoy, have experience, gaze, take heed, X indeed, X joyfully, lo,
look (on, one another, one on another, one upon another, out, up, upon), mark, meet, X be near,
perceive, present, provide, regard, (have) respect, (fore-, cause to, let) see (-r, -m, one another),
shew (self), X sight of others, (e-) spy, stare, X surely, X think, view, visions.
Psa 37:37 Shin(SH or S) Watch the perfect, and observe the straight;
For the latter end of each is peace.
:38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together;
The latter end of the wrong shall be cut off.
What word did David choose that began with shin? 
H8104 שָׁמַר shaw-mar’ A primitive root; properly to hedge about (as with thorns),
that is, guard; generally to protect, attend to, etc.: – beware, be circumspect,
take heed (to self), keep (-er, self), mark, look narrowly,
observe, preserve, regard, reserve, save (self), sure, (that lay) wait (for),
watch (-man).

Psa 37:39 Tav  (T) But the deliverance of the righteous is from יהוה, Their strength in time of distress.
:40 And יהוה does help them and deliver them; He delivers them from the wrongdoers and saves them,
Because they took refuge in Him.
 
David chose carefully his final Hebrew word that began his final thoughts in this Psalm.
The word is  תְּשֻׁעָה    teshû‛âh    which is defined as
rescue (literally or figuratively, personal, national or spiritual):

– deliverance, help, safety, salvation, victory.

What a beautiful word picture of our Messiah!
Is it any wonder that Jesus chose this psalm as the main text of his sermon on the mount?