Psalm 37:3-8 – “Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. 4 Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. 6 He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.
7 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. 8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret — it only causes harm.” NKJV
Many are the Promises of the LORD for His children and here the Psalmist gives us a view of God’s incredible Promise of Care and Keeping, Provision and Protection, Guidance and Guarding. As with most, if not all, the Promises of God there are “conditions” or “requirements” on our part. NO, we can never earn His blessings but He does place on each of us certain responsibilities. Therefore, let’s consider the instructions of the Psalmist who speaks under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
- TRUST In The LORD, and…
Yes, there is an “and” in this bit of instruction we are to TRUST, for if we are to receive we must believe and if we are to walk in this way we must trust the one who is guiding and guarding us. But, he adds a small three letter caveat “AND”, but AND what? Do Good. Our actions are to match our words. We are to talk the talk but we are to walk the walk as well. He says, “Trust in the LORD, and do good…” Then, he tells us to DWELL in the land or the place of promise and feed or feast on God’s faithfulness. As we do that we can readily DELIGHT ourselves also in the LORD and have confidence that from that condition HE WILL give us the desires of our hearts. That is incredibly powerful!
- COMMIT your way to the LORD…
In truth, this is “cutting a covenant” in which we commit ourselves even unto death to fulfill that commitment. I find it interesting and important that the Psalmist says, “Commit your way to the LORD…” Then adds or reinforces the requirement to “Trust also in Him…” It is as we TRUST and do good, COMMIT and trust that we have the assurance that God will bring His Promise to fruition in our lives. That is awesome! We read here that God will bring forth our righteousness as the light (witness and testimony) and our justice as the noonday. He will not leave us or forsake us and we can have the confidence Paul speaks of in 2 Timothy 1:12, “…I know whom I have believed and am convinced (confident) that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.” I am Persuaded!
- REST in the LORD, and…
Another AND is added to REST. Jesus said, “Come unto Me and Rest…” We enter into God’s rest through TRUST (Faith) and COMMITMENT (Covenant) and out of that REST we are to “…WAIT PATIENTLY FOR HIM…” Remember the words of Isaiah 40:31, “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.” Our focus is to be JESUS, not conditions, circumstances, situations or people. Just as when Peter got out of the boat to walk on the water, FOCUS was the Key Factor for as He stayed focused on Jesus, He trusted but when he shifted his focus he began to sink. We are encouraged that the wicked will not forever prevail or prosper and that in our condition of TRUST, COMMITMENT, and REST we are to “Cease from anger, and forsake wrath…” We are also to dismiss fretting, worry, and doubt for that only brings harm to us spiritually, mentally, emotionally, economically, and physically.
We have Great and Precious Promises from our LORD but to obtain them and have them manifest in our lives we must RECEIVE those promises from a condition of TRUST, COMMITMENT, and REST. God bless you as you go through this day!