v. 1a - It is hard to "not fret because of evil men" ... there is so much evil in our world today. Just turn on the news - Internet, TV or radio. OMW!!! The horror of this world! Violence ... murder ... rape ... incest ... child abuse and neglect ... it all makes me want to gather my family about me, go inside a safe house and lock the doors and the world outside!
Fret = to feel or express worry, annoyance, discontent.
= to cause corrosion; gnaw into something
= to become eaten, worn, or corroded
= to torment, irritate, annoy
= an irritated state of mind
= fume, rage
= In Old English to fret meant to "eat, devour" - as in monsters eating and devouring
v. 1b - It is also hard to not "be envious of those who do wrong" ... especially when we are at least trying to do what is good and right. No, we aren't perfect. Never have claimed to be - and won't. Just trying to be "good and do right" ... sigh. We look around at those that aren't even trying to do good, very blatant about doing wrong in fact - and they appear to be prospering, having little to nothing wrong in their lives or with their stuff. And even tho we have read the end of the story (Revelation) and we know that we will win ... it is still hard when we struggle day by day just for our very existence and others do not.
Envious = resentful
= a feeling of discontent
= ill will
= a longing to possess something that someone else has
= In Old French to envy meant "to eye maliciously"
My hope and peace? The promises of the Lord ... even tho I don't always see the fullness of the promises when I want to -
vv 3 - 6 ... "Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself 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 do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun."
Trust = reliance on the integrity, strength, ability of someone
= confident expectation
= to believe
= to permit to remain without fear of consequences
= a feeling of security
= unquestioning belief
= In Middle English to trust meant "to comfort"
Dwell = to live or stay
= to continue in a given condition
= to linger over
= In Jewish custom to dwell meant "to seek refuge from impending danger, as in retiring to the recesses of rocks and caverns, or to remote places in the desert
Delight = a high degree of enjoyment
= something that gives great pleasure
= In Latin to delight meant "to allure, to entice"
= In Old French to delight meant "to charm"
Commit = to consign for preservation
= to pledge
= to bind with assurance
= to entrust for safekeeping
= In Latin to commit meant "to bring together and give over"