Steps That Shall not Slide Psa 37:30-40
How dear this psalm has been to God’s saints! It has been peculiarly prized by them in all ages. Gerhardt has paraphrased it in his noble hymn:
Give to the winds thy fears,
Hope, and be undismayed.
When banished from Berlin by the Elector, he turned into a small wayside hostelry, not knowing where to go. Seeing his wife greatly depressed, he turned to find comfort for them both in these verses, and the conception of his hymn broke upon him. That evening messengers arrived from the Duke of Mecklenburg, offering Gerhardt an honorable position in his kingdom. Among many others, Psa 37:5 was frequently quoted by David Livingstone. Bishop Coverdale’s translation of Psa 37:37 is noteworthy: “Keep innocency and take heed unto the thing that is right, for that shall bring a man peace at the last.” But the psalmist repeatedly insists that the fulfillment of God’s promises is conditioned by our faith, Psa 37:40 . The day may break stormily, but the storms expend themselves before nightfall and the sunset is golden.