"Trust In The Lord And Do Good"
This is the first line of Psalm 37:3. There is great value and promised blessings if we will trust in the Lord. The Bible repeats in so many ways that God looks out for His faithful ones and takes care of them. The entire chapter of Psalm 37 contrasts the wicked against the righteous. In this Psalm, God declares His favor upon those who try to be righteous and faithful toward Him, and how He is against those who do evil. Just reading through the Psalm will remind the bible student of so many other passages in the Scriptures.
Though the wicked appears to prosper in his evil, God is still taking notice of his ways, and is mindful of the judgment to come. We also must be mindful of the end when we die and face our judgment. If we have been faithful, we have no reason to fear death, for it will be a new and wonderful chapter in our existence. The faithful will be brought into the eternal abode of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to enjoy their salvation forever. Contrast that with the wicked who will be cast into the eternal darkness where there is loneliness, sorrow, pain, suffering, no hope, and totally void of God.
Verse 3 also tells us to "dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness". The key phrase here is to cultivate a life of faithfulness. This means we are to work on our faithfulness to make it grow and eventually prosper. We must use the tools which include prayer and Bible study along with the support of our fellow Christians in the local church.
Verse 4 encourages us to "Delight yourself in the Lord". When we are serving God, our hearts are happy and full of joy just knowing that what we are doing is pleasing in His sight. He will be happy and approve of us as we enjoy our salvation and hope of heaven. Such happiness should show in our countenance, and others should see how peaceful and calm we are despite all the problems in the world. Perhaps they will ask us about the hope within us. This should remind you of 1 Peter 3:15.
Also in verse 4 we read: "And He will give you the desires of your heart". Now that does not mean He will give us everything we want. No, He provides us with what we need. If we truly have our affections focused upon the things above; our desire is first of all to go to heaven, but also a desire to fulfill our Christian duty of sharing the will of God and express His desire that all be saved.
Verse 5 tells us to: "Commit your way to the LORD," This reminds us that if we will trust in God and allow Him to guide our pathway, we will be pleasing to Him. Proverbs 3:6 reads: "In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight". This means that when we follow God's directions and stay on the straight and narrow, that God will lead us to safety and toward our eternal home. All we have to do is to purpose in our hearts to follow His guidance and instructions. When we do what He wants, He will bless us with many spiritual blessings, and we will learn to appreciate the physical blessings He allows us to use. Verse 5 ends with the phrase: "Trust also in Him, and He will do it". When we put our trust in God to take care of us, to provide for us, to see to our needs, and maybe a few of our wants, we will in turn glorify God and praise His name. Our trust is that God will take care of us. In return He is looking to see if we will obey and honor Him.
Take time to read Psalm 37 to see the contrast of the righteous and the wicked. Notice that the wicked really do not stand a chance, and the righteous will be blessed by God.
By Carey Scott
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