Seeing Jesus in Psalm 37 - Who Your Friends Are

Seeing Jesus in Psalm 37 – Who Your Friends Are


Psalm 37:3 – “Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.”


I have been blessed in my life with some wonderful friends, friends that were made early on in my life that are still friends today.  The time  that I get to spend with them and the time I have known them truly is a gift of the grace of God.  I remember when I was small my parents gave me some good advice, “choose your friends carefully.”  There is a lot of wisdom in that statement because in a lot of ways your friends influence your life and impact the people that you become.


Because of that I pray for my sons to find good friends, but not just good friends, godly friends.  Friends who will influence their lives for good, and who will point them towards Jesus.  We talk a lot in our world about raising good kids, but I don’t only want to raise good kids, I want to raise godly kids and because of that I pray for their friends.  Why? Because again the choosing of your friends impact your life.  Friends will be with you through the ups and the downs, friends will impact your life both positively and if you choose the wrong ones negatively. 


Perhaps David has that in mind as he writes Psalm 37, for he encourages the reader (and the listener, remember most of the psalms were hymns sung in worship) to befriend faithfulness.  Does that mean he is giving them very practical advise that they should choose friends who are people of character and because of that will be faithful friends to them?  Maybe for David himself had had a friend like that.  Jonathan was a faithful friend to David and was with David in many of the hard times of life.  However I believe that David’s encouragement here goes beyond that.  In reality he is encouraging the reader/listener to befriend God to choose the One who is always faithful, to cling to the one who sticks closer than a brother. 


He is talking about the importance of our relationship with God.  In fact he is saying the exact same thing he has said earlier, he is just repeating it for emphasis (the Hebrew people did this a lot in Bible times and pastor’s continue the tradition today).  He says in the first part of verse 3 “trust in the Lord”, and now he says “befriend faithfulness.”  It is the exact same thing.  We trust in the Lord, we befriend His faithfulness.  In fact we trust Him because He is always faithful.  Again He is the one who sticks closer than a brother, He is the One who promises to never leave us or forsake us.  He is the one who says “I am with you always even unto the ends of the earth.”  That is faithfulness isn’t it?


What David is saying here is actually world shattering.  It is mind blowing.  It is life changing.  You can be friends with the God of the universe.  Go back and read that statement again s l o w l y.  Chew on it and let it impact you, you can be a friend of God.


How? There is only one way, and His name is Jesus.  We can only be friends with God through Him, for He is the way, the truth, and the life (see John 14).  He is the one who reaches down to us and gives us the opportunity to be reconciled to God.  It is amazing to think about for the Bible makes it abundantly clear that because of our sinfulness we are not friends of God.  In fact it says we are His enemies.  That’s not a very appealing thought is it?  Because of my sins I am an enemy of the God who created me and who created this universe with just a word.  His power is unfathomable and I am His enemy. 


That is an unfixable problem.  To put it more personally I am the unfixable problem.  My sins have separated me from God and made me His enemy.  I am the unfixable problem.  So is there a solution? Thankfully yes, but it isn’t possible through human effort.  In fact it is impossible.  The Bible gives us some wonderful news, “with man it is impossible but with God all things are possible.”  It is possible for the unfixable problem to be fixed.  How? Through God, through Jesus, who is the way, the truth and the life.  He makes it possible for us who are naturally God’s enemies to supernaturally become God’s friends. 


Through His sacrifice on the cross, He takes our sins away, He gives us His righteousness and He reconciles us to God.  We are no longer God’s enemies but His friends.  It truly is amazing to think about because Jesus even goes above and beyond that, we are not just God’s friends, but we are adopted into His family, and we become “joint-heirs with Christ.”  That is amazing isn’t it.  Think about it, my natural condition is that I am an enemy of God and that is an unfixable problem.  Through Jesus however I can be reconciled to God, I can become God’s friend, I can be adopted into God’s family and I can become a joint- heir with Christ.  No wonder David says, “Trust in the Lord”, no wonder he repeats his exhortation by saying, “befriend faithfulness.”  Our friends truly do influence and impact our lives.  However the greatest impact is the impact of Jesus who makes us a friend of God.  To God be the glory!