Do not fret because of the wicked; do not be envious of wrongdoers, for they will soon fade like the grass, and wither like the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; so you will live in the land, and enjoy security. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will make your vindication shine like the light, and the justice of your cause like the noonday. Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him; do not fret over those who prsoper in their way, over those who carry out evil devices. Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath. Do not fret - it leads only to evil. For the wicked shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.
In our society today it can seem like only the wicked get ahead. We look at those in power around the world and we see corruption, dishonesty, apathy, blatant disregard for other people, and if we really want to use harsh words, general wickedness. When we see people who do wrong rewarded over and over again - with wealth, with positions of power, with all that we dream of having for our own lives, sometimes, if we are honest, we find ourselves envious of them. If we are not careful, we can find ourselves thinking that maybe that's just the way the world is, maybe we, too, need to break some rules, bend some laws, do what we know isn't quite right so that we can get ahead.
This world can lead us to think that the only way to get ahead is to be bad and this is a trap far too many people fall into. It is a trap as old as time. Here in today's psalm, we see the writer lamenting that very thing - the wicked seem to be ahead and the faithful are falling prey to envy. But the psalmist gives us encouragement to strengthen our faith for another day. This will not last, the psalmist says, God has something better in store for all of us.
Your good things will come, not by succumbing to the ways of this world, but by waiting and trusting in God. Commit your ways to the Lord, trust in the Lord, delight in the Lord, and God will act. This might not happen as quickly as we would like, we might feel like we are waiting for ages, in agony, and at times it might feel like our waiting is in vain. But scripture shows us over and over again that good will prevail, that God will prevail.
As Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice." The wicked might seem to prosper now, but they will not prosper in the end.
God of justice and redemption, help me to put my trust in you and to commit to your ways. Help me to delight in you even when this world seems too far gone. Help me to see where I might fall prey to wickedness, and to repent, fully, when I do. Amen.