“Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.” (Psalm 37:5)
Trust is an aspect of life which can bring rich rewards. Yet when it is broken, it is also that which brings some of the deepest disappointments. Have you been betrayed by a friend, a co-worker, a loved one? When it happens, it can be painful.
Psalm 37 exhorts us to trust in the Lord, to be patient as we hope in Him, especially in light of evil. Who better to write this Psalm than King David? He who won wars, ruled a nation, but also faced deep disappointments. David writes in verse 25 “I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread.”
David writes after having been in the presence of wicked men who from all observation, look to be successful. For a child of God seeking to be faithful, it can be very discouraging to see others walking in unfaithfulness, yet seeming to prosper. And so, by the inspiration of God’s Spirit, David writes “Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb” (Psalm 37:1-2).
Our hope as Christians is not only that God will strengthen us during times of trials and tribulations, but we also can rest because God will put all his enemies under his feet. Jesus says in Mark’s Gospel “David himself, in the Holy Spirit, declared, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet’” (Mark 12:36). The Longing we have for justice will be satisfied as the Lord sees fit.
When we enter challenging situations where evil men and women look to prevail, let’s remember we can trust and hope in the Lord of all the earth.
Question: Am I allowing myself to get discouraged by those who are disobedient?
Challenge: Examine your heart. Are you envious of evildoers? Are you fretting?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, King of all the earth, thank you that are in absolute control. Help me to trust you, to commit my way to you, that I may see you act.
Jonathan Agudelo, Chapel Leader -- Toronto Blue Jays