Psalm 37 repeats the promise that the righteous shall get land. This would have both a natural and a spiritual application.Naturally, land is a great investment. It is a scarce resource which the government cannot print, only release for use. As world population grows, it needs to be inhabited more densely and grows in value.
In the Old Covenant, the land of Israel was very important. It was a big deal for the people of Israel to inherit and conquer the Promised Land. But in the New Testament, these promises of entering the Promised Land refer to a true communion the believer can have with the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the owner and inheritor of all things. If we can have a mind that is fully in tune with the Lord, we are blessed beyond imagination in this life, and in the life to come. Together, in union with Christ, we will take possession of all things that are required to do the will of God. And in the life to come, we will reign with Christ.
“He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God, and he shall be My son.” (Revelation 21:7).
The righteous begin by dwelling in the land, and feeding on the faithfulness of God.
“Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:3,4).
God is love, and so we must delight ourselves in LOVE – that is the pure love of God. We are to do good, take our position in the land, and enjoy the faithful provision of God.
The righteous continues by WAITING ON THE LORD. Our business decisions should be done by patiently waiting for God’s counsel. The same goes for all our important decisions. King David was blessed by God because he kept asking God what to do at critical moments. He stayed in God’s presence until he got an answer.
“For evildoers shall be cut off; But those who wait on the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.” (Psalm 34:9)
“But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”(Psalm 34:11)
“The LORD knows the heritage of the upright, And their inheritance shall be forever.” (Psalm 34:18). Our inheritance is eternal. This life is short, but what God gives us lasts forever. The principle here could also be applied to our natural dealings. In general, don’t sell the land the Lord gives you – unless you do it for the sake of the Kingdom of God coming to the poor. Then there is a special promise from Jesus for you. See Mark 10:30.
“The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell in it forever.” (Psalm 34:29). The promise is repeated, and the emphasis continues on the long term nature of the believer’s position.
“Wait on the Lord, and keep His way, and He shall exalt you to inherit the land;” (Psalm 34:34). The righteous must continue to wait upon the Lord, and keep God’s way. Then God promises to exalt us. NOTE: exaltation comes in inheriting the land.
This promise is repeated often, and the Holy Spirit is emphasizing something here for those with ears to hear. While this Psalm keeps declaring that the wicked will perish, and lose everything, it is equally emphatic that the righteous are going to inherit something.
Listen to what Jesus says:
“Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold NOW IN THIS TIME – houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions – and in the age to come, ETERNAL LIFE.” (Mark 10:29, 30)
Jesus is encouraging us to invest our lands and property in the gospel for His sake! He promises to multiply them IN THIS LIFE.
“But many who are first will be last, and the last first” (Mark 10:31). The people who have a lot of land now are “first”, but most of them will not invest their resources in the gospel. Therefore they, who are first now, will be last. Many of those who are last now, who give up their life for the purposes of the gospel – they are the ones who will be first in the eternal ages.