Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Psalm 37: 3 – 6
Early this morning the phone rang and I heard that sweet, little voice that made my day! Cole called to tell me that he had an idea. He thought maybe the next time we came to his house that I could take him to the toy store to buy a vehicle for him from the “Planes” movie. He said that if I would do that, it would really make him happy! I promised him I would. And what He will give me in return when I do will delight my heart. I look forward to his grateful smiles and loving hugs!
Isn’t it amazing to think that God too will receive joy when we do what He asks of us! And if we truly love Him and want to show our devotion, we will strive to be obedient to Him.
This verse from Psalm 37 gives several directives that God asks of us which would greatly please Him – He wants us to trust Him, to love others with kindness, to be at peace, to seek Him, to delight in His presence, and to commit our lives to Him. And if we do these things, He too desires to give us something in return – lives filled with the blessings of His presence and love.
We all know from experience that the most important aspect of any relationship is trust. We need to know that we can count on others, believe what they tell us, and be able to feel their sincere love and commitment before our relationship can grow, last, and be satisfying and fulfilling.
In the same way, as we grow to believe in God’s love for us, we can be more confident in resting in His care and delighting in His presence. As we learn to trust in His faithfulness to us, we will want to commit our lives to Him, to place all our present concerns and cares with Him, and to live our lives in a way that will bring Him honor. We will want to give Him our best. The more we love and trust Him, the more goodness will flow from our lives to others.
What a beautiful expression of His love in this psalm by David – one of the most gifted poets of all time. His words bring such imagery to mind as he writes that God, in His divine providence, promises to give us “safe pasture” from the burdens of this world that we often feel we have to carry alone.
Our shepherd will keep us in His care and provide for our needs. He will grant us more faith and confidence to face each day and what it will bring “ like the dawning light of morning”. He vows to give us “justice like the noonday sun” as His Word shines brightly with the truth that He is the Judge and Justice Maker for all the earth.
What blessings He will give us if we are faithful to Him – many beyond what this world has to offer – and what a blessing we can be to others in return as we share His love and grace.
Dear God, may we trust in you and live lives that are pleasing to you in every way. Thank you for your promises to us, for all our many blessings, and for loving us so much that you desire our presence with you. Amen