Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon, be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.
Wow! If we would only follow this advice and not fear those out there in the world that practice evil. All too often we fret and worry, and ask ourselves, "What's this world coming to?"
We worry about the economy, layoffs, the war, terrorism, the price of gas, the rising cost of food, how we are going to meet our bills...you name it, we worry about it. Yet the Bible tells us not to worry but to trust.
Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
So He assures us we will be fed, and dwell in the land, if we trust in Him. Why do we humans find it so hard to trust in the Lord? He keeps His word,...He never breaks His promises! He is always faithful,...and He loves us! So why do we continue to fret?
Psalm 37 was my mom's favorite Psalm. She raised 4 kids with no help from a husband most of the time, and she only had one arm after losing her right arm in a car accident. She had very little money to live on , yet she faithfully attended church, and saw to it that we kids always went with her. She taught us to pray and to trust in God. And not only that,...but she delighted in the Lord!
Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Her desire was to raise us to love the Lord. She dedicated us to the Lord, and she was committed to live what she believed in front of us. I never doubted that she loved the Lord,..and even as a child I wanted to know the God she loved and serve the God she served.
Commit thy way unto the Lord, trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.
So many times I saw how God provided for our needs. So much in fact, that I hardly realised that we were poor. We always had what we needed. And above that, we often had even what we wanted.
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him:
I saw my mom rest in Him, and she gave us a sense of well being, because she wasn't worried all of the time about how she was going to get by. Mom had joy in her life. She sang a lot, and smiled, and enjoyed her life.
...The meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
Mom was a gentle woman and she did have peace in her life. Like all of us she had times when she failed, or lost her temper, but it wasn't her usual routine to worry, or to get mad, or to lose her temper. It was her habit to pray about everything. Many times when I was a little girl, she would ask me to get on my knees and join her in prayer. And a lot of those times we were praying for other people's needs.
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: For the Lord upholdeth him with His hand.
Isn't it great to know that the Lord holds our hand, and even when we fall He pulls us back up, because He has a tight hold on our hand? Just the same way that we hold our little children's hands,..and we hold tight to them and pull them up when they start to fall. We love our children,... and He loves us!
The Lord shall help them, and deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him.
Of course there is much, much more to this beautiful Psalm. I just picked out a few of the verses that spoke to me today, and those that brought back fond memories of my mom today. At one time she and I memorized this Psalm and quoted it together many times.
Much of this Psalm speaks of our enemies, and evil doers, and there is lots of evil out there in our world today.
I would just remind us to not fret and worry,...to trust in Him, to commit our way to Him, to rest in Him and wait patiently.
Staying in the word is a good way to feel secure. Why not join us today for Tuesdays Together In The Word!
Linda @ Truthful Tidbits ~~~April 2009