Commit your way to the Lord, trust in him and he will act. Psalm 37:5
Psalm 37 is quickly becoming one of my favorite Psalms. It has so many great verses of God’s promises we’ve heard and memorized. As Elena and I and the kids have been preparing for our time at Sange de Cristo Seminary verse five has been our go to anchor verse. We read it, think on it, talk about it, mediate on it, and pray it over and over at virtually all times of the day. Scripture is powerful. It is God speaking to us. At night when we wake up anxious or fearful we’ve made a habit of praying this verse until sleep comes near again. The promise is profound, Trust in him and he will act.
This verse and psalm can certainly be applied to our personal circumstances and daily activity but it goes far beyond that. David teaches us many times in his Psalms about God’s sovereignty over all things and all people and specifically of our righteousness. In psalm 37 God is actively involved in the lives of his people. David tells us in many different ways that the Lord is working for us. David writes: He (God) will bring forth righteousness, The Lord upholds the righteous, He upholds their hand, The steps of a man are established by the Lord, He will give you the desires of your heart, He will not forsake his saints, The Lord will not abandon or condemn the righteous, He will exalt you, He is our Salvation, He is our stronghold, He helps and delivers, He is our refuge and He saves us.
These are promises we can rest in as we live our busy lives. We can rest in this since we are in Christ and because we have union with Christ. This is his work and he promises that he will do. He is the cause of our righteousness, he is the cause of our salvation and he upholds us securely. We can be confident that he will do these these things.
The hard part is the waiting. Waiting is mentioned three times in this psalm. We are to be still and wait patiently, we are to wait for the Lord and keep his way, and, those who wait shall inherit the land. I believe waiting is an integral part of the christian walk. It certainly runs against our instant society. We want our desires right about now. But, our growth in sanctification is a slow and life long process. Is God going to answer our prayers and wishes on our timetable? I kind of doubt it. But there is an active anticipation involved. There is an eagerness that we can have. Galatians 5:5 says we eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness and in Hebrews 9:28 it says we eagerly wait for the return of Christ. We wait, eagerly. It’s a part of our sanctification. We wait for the Lord’s return. We wait to be able to see through the glass clearly and unobstructed. We wait until we are finally glorified.
Notice the progression of verses three to seven. Trust in the Lord… Delight yourself in the Lord… Commit your way… Be still… Wait.
We should lean on him, love him, give it to him, submit to him, wait and he will act.
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