Bible Study: Psalm 37:1-7: Trust, Delight, Commit, Rest
1: Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
2: For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.
My pastor-Rev. Chris Braye of Liberty Baptist Church in Marion, Ohio- brought up this chapter in Sunday School this morning. His sermon was entirely different but I quickly saw how they applied to my own life and my own stresses of late.
I see Facebook pictures of my old school friends, with their nice families and homes and start to get jealous of what seems like a much better life. Worse still, I know they're not Christians. They don't go to church or give tithes. They don't have God in their lives so why do their lives seem so much better than mine.
Psalm 37 starts off very clear: Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. (2) For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.
God knows their lives look so much better than ours. The jerks who drive through the drive-through at work but won't even look at the person who made their food for them are still driving cars that cost more than some people's houses.
But God says don't fret over them. I looked up the word 'fret' and it means "to cause to suffer emotional strain," and "to become vexed or worried."
So God's telling us, don't strain yourself over evildoers, don't worry about them. Because they'll be cut down like the grass. When the debt collectors come calling, or they're old and they've pushed away anyone who might have once wanted to help them.
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
5 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
This is the passage the title is based on. Something interesting my pastor brought up this morning. The first word of verses 3,4,5, and 7: Trust, Delight, Commit, and Rest. That feels like the process of how we should make most important decisions in life.
Trust God to show you the way. Delight in how much he loves you. Commit to his will even when it gets tough. And Rest, and just let God lead.
As I was thinking about this my own struggles in my life came to mind. My search for a job that pays a livable wage as a single adult feels hopeless and at a dead end. I've done all I can but as I was thinking about it God revealed these verses to me. And I could feel him telling me it was time to trust, delight, commit, and rest.
(3) Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
God will satisfy my needs if I just trust him, and he'll satisfy yours as well. We just have to trust and do good.
(4) Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Delighting in the Lord. I admit I have trouble with this sometimes (read: a lot of the time) It's not that I don't love God, I do love him, but I'm not often delighted by him. I'm not excited to talk to him or read his word, and I drag myself to church most Sundays. I'm still learning how to delight in him as I should.
(5) Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
Commit to following him. It doesn't matter if God opens every door for you, paves the way in gold, and has a choir of angels cheering you on if you refuse to follow where he leads.
(7) Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
Rest is the hardest for me. While Delight is something I know I just need more practice and study in, Rest is just plain hard. I don't want to wait. If God doesn't answer immediately I begin to worry he didn't hear me or wasn't listening, or just said no to whatever it is I was praying about. Impatience is abundant in our culture and I feel it strongly. Why can't God just give me this now? Why do I have to wait when my non-christian friends all have it all now?
Maybe it's because I'm not strong enough to be a good enough steward of the things I want. (Matt. 25:14-28)
Maybe it's to teach me contentment. (Luke 12:15)
Maybe it's just not time yet. (Ecc. 3:1-11)
Either way, we-I-need patience. Learning to wait is hard, but God promises that if we wait on him we'll fly with wings as eagles! (Isaiah 40:31)