BIBLE VERSE FOR TODAY… “Trust in the Lord and do good…Take delight in the Lord… Commit everything you do to the Lord…” Psalm 37:3-5 NLT
Psalm 37 contains some of the most familiar verses of the Bible. It really provides direction and reassurance to God’s people living in an evil world. What relevant instructions for us today in our present culture.
The Psalm opens with the admonition, “Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong…” (Psalm 37:1 NLT) Then we read, “Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper...For the wicked will be destroyed…” (Psalm 37:8,9 NLT)
When we see evil rise those two reactions become common. We become inundated with worry and fear or we become angry at the prevalence of ungodly values and practices. The Lord responds by changing our focus to trust, delight and commit.
With each of these “commands” is an accompanying promise. Consider each of them.
“Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.” (Psalm 37:5 NLT) We can fear the wicked, we can be angry at worldly ways, but trusting in the Lord and doing what pleases Him, results in safety and prosperity. The Lord can allow His people to be people of influence and to meet their needs regardless of what may come their way. We take heart in Paul’s words, “If God be for us who can be against us.” (Romans 8:31)
“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.“ (Psalm 37:4 NLT) I am reminded of Jesus words addressing those who are overcome with worry, “But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33) When the Lord becomes our joy, he not only provides, but I believe He also places in our hearts desires that are of His Spirit.
“Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.” (Psalm 37:5,6 NLT) Talk about practical. I believe “everything” includes every thing! When what we do is done trusting the Lord to help us and committing the results to the Lord, the results will be good! He will defend us and give us strength for each day and task.
The days in which we live can be challenging and troublesome. Yet we are not to respond with human emotions, but to focus our attention on the Lord and trust Him, delight in Him and commit all we do to Him. When we do that, He takes care of the outcomes and us!
Prayer for today…. “Lord in our world, there is so much we can be upset about and angry over. But when those emotions arise, remind us that You call us to trust in You, delight in You and commit all we do to You. Thank you for the assurance that You are in control and You take care of Your own.”