When Your Pocket Book Is Empty

Psalm 37:16
A little that a righteous man has , Is better than the riches of many wicked.

Psalm 37:1-15
1 Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.
2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, And wither as the green herb.
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.
6 He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday.
7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret—it only causes harm.
9 For evildoers shall be cut off; But those who wait on the Lord, They shall inherit the earth
10 For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more; Indeed, you will look carefully for his place, But it shall be no more.
11 But the meek shall inherit the earth, And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
12 The wicked plots against the just, And gnashes at him with his teeth.
13 The Lord laughs at him, For He sees that his day is coming.
14 The wicked have drawn the sword And have bent their bow, To cast down the poor and needy, To slay those who are of upright conduct.
15 Their sword shall enter their own heart, And their bows shall be broken.

It’s easy to focus on what we don’t have and to envy the riches of those who don’t claim to follow the Lord, isn’t it? Some of the rich don’t acknowledge God, yet they seem to have acquired so much. You and I as believers strive daily to walk in love with God and may struggle to make ends meet. Sometimes, to make matters worse. the wicked appear to prosper at our expense the righteous.

Folks, David faced the temptation to fret over this seeming inequity. In the verses leading up to this scripture, he put into perspective, REMINDING US of the need to simply trust God, focus in our relationship with Him, be patient, and wait for the Lord to work out His plan (vv.1-15 above). In the end, He will make everything right.

It helps to remind ourselves that THE INCREDIBLE wealth we have in our relationship with God and with His people exceeds anything the world could ever offer.

Heavenly Father, thank You for the precious and priceless gift of a restored relationship with You through Jesus Christ.

If you are reading this and do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I would like to extend this invitation to you to receive the gift of salvation today. You can do so by praying and truly believing the prayer below, or by praying to God in your own Words.


I confess that I have sinned against You, and I know that there is nothing I can do by my own efforts to change my condition. I believe that Jesus Christ shed His blood and died on the cross for my sins; And that He rose from the grave on the Third Day to grant me eternal life. I know You love me, God, and I love You. I place my faith and trust only in You to conform my heart to Your will; And to order my steps everyday, from this day forward. Thank You , Lord, for saving me.

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