Saturday, February 20, 2010

A Lot to Chew On

Psalm 37:3-9 really stuck out to me as I read that chapter this morning.

Verse 4 is very familiar and sparked a question as I read it once again. It says, "Delight yourself also in the Lord and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart." What popped out at me was the word "also". I looked back at the previous verses.

The third verse reads, "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."

So, if we 1. Trust in the Lord 2. Do good 3. Delight ourselves in the Lord THEN we'll 1. Dwell in the Land 2. Feed on His faithfulness (and be fed) 3. Be given the desires and secret petitions of our hearts. Now, that's some good stuff right there!

Going on in verses 5-9 are a bunch more promises (dependent upon our obedience). "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."

"And He will make your uprightness and right standing with God go forth as the light, and your justice and right as [the shining sun of] the noonday."

"Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him, and patiently stay yourself upon Him; fret not yourself because of him who 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 evil-doing."

"For evildoers shall be cut off; but those who wait and hope and look for the Lord, [in the end] shall inherit the earth."

I'm still chewing on all of this...

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