“Trust in the Lord and do what is good; dwell in the land and live securely. Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act, making your righteousness shine like the dawn, your justice like the noonday. Be silent before the Lord and wait expectantly for Him; do not be agitated by one who prospers in his way, by the man who carries out evil plans. Refrain from anger and give up your rage; do not be agitated — it can only bring harm,” (Psalms 37:3-8 HCSB).
Early in my faith walk I came across Psalm 37, I don’t remember what led me to that chapter, but I do know how often I returned to those verses to read them. I was still figuring out what my walk was going to look like, how I was going to live it out. These verses resonated in my head. Each verse has a command, trust, take, commit, be silent, wait, refrain. Each verb a direction, instruction on how to live my life with Christ; how to seek His face, to grow in my faith. They were steps to take, kind of a recipe of how to come to Christ and learn from Him.
Step 1): Trust God- doing what is good, living confidently in His land
Step 2): Take delight in God- make Him first and He will take care of the rest
Step 3): Commit your life to the Lord- He will work in your life bringing about righteousness in your life, justice will come (in His perfect timing).
Step 4): Be quiet so you can listen to His direction, it will be exactly what is needed in your life. He loves you.
Step 5): Wait for Him – don’t go ahead of Him thinking He will follow- we are to follow Him, not the other way around.
Step 6): Don’t get angry- the world will look like it’s winning, but remember that God’s timing is nothing like ours. He knows that anger unchecked is destructive.
Now, the Christian faith is not a “paint-by-numbers” kind of faith. We call it a ‘Faith” because we are going through this world without seeing the completed story. We will not understand the decisions God made until we are in Heaven. So it comes back to Psalm 37. We are to trust in the Lord (see also Proverbs 3:5-6), we are to delight in the Lord. He brings joy into our hearts when we accept His gift of grace and forgiveness (Luke 6:23).
We can entrust our lives, our eternity to Him. He died for us that we could live for Him (Romans 6:8). Our hearts learn best when we are quiet and still, ready to listen to Him (Psalm 46:10). Being impatient with those who are lost and continue to live a foolish life is a waste of our time. We may never know how God moved in our lives for us to come to Him. We must trust His perfect timeline for all of Creation (2 Peter 3:9).
Where are you in this process, Best Beloved? Are you still trying to accomplish step 1? Are you working through step 4? Whichever step you are on, keep working at it. Ask Christ to meet you there and to guide you on. Our journey is only beginning this side of Heaven. Don’t stop working now, take action. Keep moving forward.