Psalm 37:3-5;7, 8 AMP Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass. Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him; fret not yourself because of him to prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger and forsake wrath; fret not yourself—it tends only to evildoing.
Sometimes things happen in life that we just do not understand. Disappointments come to all of us. We think we know the direction we’re taking in life and something sidetracks us and knocks us off our course. If we don’t commit ourselves unto the Lord we will lose sight of the big picture, the plan that He has for us and become cynical and angry.
In this portion of scripture the Lord encourages us to trust Him in all of our heart’s desires. I like the definition that the Amplified Bible gives for the word trust—lean on, rely on, and be confident—in the Lord. Our trust cannot be in man because man changes; God never changes. Hebrews 13:8 says: Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is [always] the same, yesterday, today, [yes] and forever (to the ages).
Malachi 3:6 For I am the Lord, I do not change; that is why you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.
Notice the instruction that Psalm 37 gives to the person who lives in the land that God has given him. Or you might refer to him/her as the person that is yielding to God’s will in his/her life. That portion of scripture tells them to trust, delight, commit, be still, rest, fret not, cease from anger. This gives a picture of peace. They aren’t upset or fretting about their situation. They continue doing the things that are right in God’s sight. There is no animosity, grumbling or complaining about their situation. The course of action that they have chosen to take is to pray and cast the cares of life onto the Lord and then rest in the fact that they’ve given it to Him; they no longer have to carry it and worry about it’s outcome. All is peace as they wait for Him to move on their behalf.
The one word that we often hear misquoted in this portion of scripture is the word “delight”. We hear people using this verse to justify their own desires by saying that if they delight themselves in the Lord He will give them the desires of their hearts.
Delight – Hebrew word anag – means to be soft or pliable – delicate.
What the scripture is actually saying is that if we become soft and pliable towards the Lord, He will create within our hearts the desire for His will to be done. Then as His desires become ours He will bring those desires of our hearts into manifestation. The hidden petitions of a person’s heart who is soft and pliable before the Lord will be the desires of the Lord that He has placed in the person’s heart. Many times that scripture is used to claim the fulfillment of things that are in an unsurrendered heart; a heart that is filled with fleshly desires.
How many times do we try to do things in our own way and timing. It’s hard for us to wait on the Lord. We often want to hurry things along; to control the outcome of our lives according to what we believe should be done. We want to be “in charge”. And yet God is the Way-maker! He is the one who goes before us into every situation; who directs our steps and causes us to succeed.
Psalm 37:23, 24 The steps of a [good] man are directed and established by the Lord when He delights in his way [and He busies Himself with his every step]. Though he falls, he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord grasps his hand in support and upholds him.
God directs the steps of one who is faithfully committed to Him; the one who is sold out to Jesus and seeking His will for his/her life. So we have a choice; we can either take the reins of our lives and try to make things happen on our own or we can patiently wait on God to do it for us in His own way and timing.
Psalm 75:4-7 “I said to the boastful, ‘Do not deal boastfully,’ And to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up the horn. Do not lift up your horn on high; Do not speak with a stiff neck.’” For exaltation comes neither from the east Nor from the west nor from the south. But God is the Judge; He puts down one And exalts another.
When it speaks of “horn” here it’s meaning is strength. And the phrase “a stiff neck” is referring to someone with insolent pride. The attitude here is a person with a prideful attitude who thinks they are strong in and of themselves and are seeking their own promotion. But the scripture says that God is the one who promotes one and brings another down.
The Living Bible paraphrase says it this way: “For promotion and power come from nowhere on earth, but only from God. He promotes one and deposes another.”
The scripture identifies God as the “Judge” saying that He is the one that hands down the decisions that will maintain or bring about a right state of affairs.
Are you trusting God to handle the disappointments in your life today? Will you choose to lean on, rely on and be confident in His wisdom to bring about the things that you are waiting to see happen in the situations of your life?
Every disappointment that we face in life is an opportunity for us to turn it over to God who knows all, sees all and is all-powerful! He is big enough to right the wrongs, change the course and deal with the injustices. Each decision that God makes on our behalf is in our best interest. God sees the big picture and moves us through the plan that He has for our life in a manner that is beneficial to us with the end result being conforming us to the image of His Son.
Romans 8:28, 29 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Don’t allow the disappointments of life to shipwreck your faith. Trust the Lord to maneuver you through the stormy waters to arrive safely at your destination.
Father, I come before You this morning in the name of Jesus! I thank You for the good plan that You have for each of our lives. I trust You, Lord, to do what is best in fulfilling that plan in Your way and timing. I may not understand all that happens in the execution of that plan but I know that I can trust You to do what is best for me. I pray that Your will might be done in my life as it is in heaven. I ask You to show me the things that I can’t see in the natural as I yield to Your Spirit’s work in my life. I pray that You will give me revelation knowledge in those areas that seem to be hidden from view. Open the eyes of my understanding to see Your hand moving in the situations of my life that seem to be hindering my progress in living out the plan and calling that You have on my life. I pray for those this morning who have been disappointed by happenings in their lives. I pray that they will look unto Jesus who is the author and finisher of their faith and that they will rely only on You, the one true God, to bring satisfaction and fulfillment into their lives. Help us all to be content where You have placed us and to be patient as we trust in You to move us into the next place in our walk with You. Direct us by Your Spirit and cause us to be sensitive to Your voice. Thank You for guiding us and directing our foot steps. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.