Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you. Â Â Psalm 37:5 (NLT)
Psalm 37 is full of â€œdo’sâ€ and â€œdon’t’sâ€. If you haven’t read it this week, take five minutes and read it through.
Verse 5 is a prescription for kicking worry out of my life. Give everything I do to God; trust Him with it and He will handle all the unexpected turns that may happen.
There are many things in my life that it never occurs to me to put in the ‘worry’ column. It wasn’t always that way. I don’t worry whether water will come out of the faucets in my house. There was a time when I struggled to pay electrical and water bills. There are people in many countries who walk a mile or more for water and not always â€œfreshâ€. Along the Gulf Coast, hurricanes can make trees falling on your house a worry.
Uncertainty can breed worry. Certainty or â€œnormalâ€ can grow trust. I can be certain and trusting about God’s love, His protection, and provision because He never goes back on His promises. Look at Psalm 37. The writer makes a list about God.
Verse 7. Shhhhh. Be quiet and listen in God’s presence. Wait for Him to act on your behalf.
Verse 8 and 9. Don’t get angry and lose your temper. God will take care of the wicked. And, by the way, He is the only one who gets to judge who is in that category!
Verses 18 and 19. God will look after those who are blameless and they will inherit an eternal reward. When life is hard, they will not suffer disgrace and not go hungry
Another great promise from my LORD who never changes. He is faithful.
Jesus showed me by His example how to trust in the Father. He set His eyes on Jerusalem and never wavered. He took up the cross â€“ His choice. No one could take His life. He laid it down.
When I take up my cross it’s different than being â€œresignedâ€ to my fate. It’s a voluntary â€œyesâ€ to the conditions on the path that Jesus walks with me and shares with me. Those conditions provide ‘seasons’ for me to learn more trust and more about the character of my Creator and LORD.
Psalm 37. Worth more than gold for the wisdom and truth found there.
Great is Thy Faithfulness by Thomas O. Chisholm (1923) sung by CeCe Winans