“I was young and now I am old,
yet I have never seen the righteous forsake
or their children begging bread.”-Psalm 37:25, New International Version
To understand the context of the scripture, one must read Psalm 37 in it’s entirety. Throughout the chapter David speaks about the ways of the wicked and how they seem to prosper. He also reminds us that the ways of the wicked will be punished. At the same time, we are encouraged to commit our ways to the Lord, to continue doing good, trust in Him, and wait patiently for Him. We are told that the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.
Although I do not consider being in my late 40’s old (although sometimes I feel that way!), I can definitely say that in a few seasons of life I have witnessed the faithfulness of God, He does take care of his own, and He certainly punishes those who do evil. For believers, the difficult part is accepting that God takes care of business in His time frame. This is especially hard when we witness evil acts around us daily, or when evil acts are being committed against you personally. This is when the not so easy premise of waiting patiently comes in. In those circumstances, trust that God will deliver victory for the righteous no matter how long it takes. So as a reminder to all of us in the fight, I close with a New Testament scripture that goes well with Psalm 37:25–And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not (Galatians 6:9).