Still. Calm. Tranquil. Unmoving. If you know me well, you know that in a physical sense, none of those words describe me. I knew, for me, this would be a difficult topic to write on. Sometimes the Lord works that way, and when He put this topic on my heart, I was pumped to hear what everyone else on the writing team had to say about it - but me. It’s not my nature and I continually pray the Lord would “unrush” me and each day help me slow down and take delight in Him.
Psalm 37 : 1-7a
Do not fret because of those who are evil
or be envious of those who do wrong;
2 for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.
3 Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.
7 Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
When I read Psalm 37, four words seem to glow off the page at me: trust, delight, commit and still. I think at times, I struggle with doing each of these things and they often rub up against one another in the wake of big decisions, new chapters and stressful times.
Trust in the Lord and do good. I think this is one of the four that is easy to pray but very difficult to live out. When we are faced with trials, temptation to fall into sin or a stressful day, it is extremely difficult to sit back and say, “Lord, I trust You. My life is in Your hands. Let Your will be done.” My prayer is that my “knee-jerk” reaction in these moments of trust is to lay my desires or anxieties down at the feet of Jesus and leave them there – in their rightful place.
Much of what we worry about today are potential side effects of the solutions we come up with in our heads with the limited view we have of our tomorrow’s. How much more we could accomplish for God’s Kingdom if we would lay our anxieties down and see life through a lens that focuses on God’s ability to see us through life’s bumps and bruises!
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. On so many levels, the Lord is challenging me in this area. Specifically, in a season of singleness, I often overlook this sweet season I have to serve the Lord in a capacity that I might never be able to again. So many days I look at my shortcomings, my failures or my areas of opportunity rather than looking to God and delighting in Him, knowing that His best is my best.
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him. I think it’s so special that Scripture has these statements lined up in this order. Until we trust the Lord and delight ourselves in Him, it’s extremely difficult to commit our way and our path to Him. When our way is His way and we trust Him, mountains can move and incredible things can happen in His name.
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him. In these times of trusting, delighting and committing, it’s important that we be spend time focused on Him – and that we are able to be still long enough to hear from Him. Life can send us in a tailspin many days in the busy-ness that we create for ourselves, but I am so convicted that we also need to find and make time to be still before the Lord.
Listen to worship music on your way to the office. Pray with your children before they go to sleep each night. Spend some time in the Word before they get up in the morning. Pray for the Lord to reveal where your “still time” needs to be incorporated into your day.
So this month, let’s trust Him. What area of life are you struggling to trust the Lord with currently? Surrender it to Him today. Let’s delight in His faithfulness and goodness today. Let’s commit our way to Him. Is His best your best today? Let’s be still before him. What is your “still time”?