Monday, 14 April 2008
Psalm 37:3 reads: Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. This verse encourages us to simply place our trust in the Lord and keep on doing good.
The dictionary defines TRUST as thus:
reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence and the
confident expectation of something; hope.
Now HOPE is defined as: the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best: to give up hope.
Imagine that..!!! We are not only encouraged to trust in the Lord, but to have and place our hope for our future in him as well. And why? Well, everything will simply turn out for the best!!! What a promise!!!
It is one thing to understand what trust and hope means, but it's quite something else to fully embrace it's notion. Daily as we battle our way through the reality of God's will, it can be somewhat difficult to embrace the simplicity of trusting the Lord, especially when we find ourselves in some mystifying situations or at various crossroads in life, or trudging through the valley, trying to get to and over our next horizon! Somehow, somewhere along the line, we forget, push aside, ignore or erase from memory that very encouraging instruction.
As I read this verse, it reminded me that my daily struggle will NOT be a struggle, if I simply actively embrace the meaning of Trusting the Lord. For me to get out of the valley, to and over my next horizon, I should stop stressing and simply live in the reality of Trusting the Lord! Nothing like a timely reminder when you need one huh?
And then I read further, verse 4 states: "Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires."
Now firstly, we are encouraged to trust (vs3), and then, we are taught that when we trust in the Lord, we will find delight in Him and He will surely give us our heart's desires. This means that everything we hope for, He will give to us.
Now I don't know about you, but all the things and the future that I hope for, if placed on top of one another is most definately wider than the biggest ocean...! As I read this verse, I figured, well I simply have no choice but to trust in the Lord, solidly have hope in Him so that my desires will come forth like the break of dawn! How about you? What do you hope and dream for? Do you dream of one day, it all coming to past, it being a magnificent testimony? If so, why not reach out and firmly place your trust and hope in the one who owns the heavens and earth and all in between?
And I read even further, and verse 5 reads: "Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you."
Ah.. that word, commit! Now I believe that when we trust and and have hope in something or someone, we are free and willing to commit / surrender to that thing or that person.
Commit or commitment is defined as: "To put in trust or charge". It is safe to say that people in our lives, whom we trust, we are able to commit things to them for safe keeping.
Same can be likened to when we put our trust in God. When we do, we able to commit to Him freely; our will, our desires, our hopes, our dreams and much more.
Now I'm not saying that we leave it to God, sit back and fold our hands and wait for Him to perform some miracle (and yes He still is a miracle working God); we commit our will to His doing such things as asking for wisdom, understanding and insight in every situation. By seeking His face, His approval before we commence on our action plans, and not inviting Him half-way through the mess we create.
And then finally, I got to verse 7, which seems to cap it all up! It reads: " Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes."
Now, how about that! First we trust, and put our hope in God, and then we commit our will to His, and then finally, we wait PATIENTLY for Him to act on our behalf!
We wait Patiently for His approval, we wait patiently for Him to bring our desires, our hope and our future to pass, we wait patiently for Him to propel us to be all that we are destined to be.
Isn't that awesome?
So today I encourage us all to revisit the meaning and essence of putting our Trust and hope in God; and committing EVERYTHING into His capable hands. It truly is for our own benefit if we actively live out the reality of these verses.
To do so will mean that we have confidence that the very future we dream, hope and pray for, will definitely come to pass and be established through Him.
Have a wonderful day committing everything to the Lord, the one who never sleeps, who watches over you from dusk to dawn.
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