Often when I read the Psalms, I think of “evildoers” as sinners, or those who directly oppose me or Christ. You know, the evil people David and other Psalmists dealt with, who would toss the good guys in pits and stand back laughing. For the most part, I don't come in contact with that type—I'd say no one is “out to get me.” In turn, I tend to belittle my problems, because they aren't as serious as starving in a pit, and then I feel like I have to pick and choose to find what parts of the Bible I'm relating to today.
However, just now, I realized that an “evildoer” could very easily be any circumstance in my life that makes it difficult for me to be with Christ or rest in His peace. And not only could an “evildoer” be a circumstance—it could be a frame of mind or an attitude. And I'll be honest with you—my attitude hasn't been so hot lately, not to mention my circumstances. In light of these revelations, these verses take on a whole new depth of meaning:
A Psalm of David.
Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, And wither as the green herb. 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. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring [it] to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret--[it] only [causes] harm. For evildoers shall be cut off; But those who wait on the LORD, They shall inherit the earth.