“Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in the time of trouble. And the LORD shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, And save them, Because they trust in Him.”
Psalms 37:7, 39-40 NKJV
It is easy to rest after you see the deliverance. It is easy to delight in the Lord, after seeing the way God made for you, where there was no way. But how can I rest in Him and delight in Him, in the process of waiting? When situations are not in my favor, when things are a mess, how can I not be anxious?! We all come across such situations in day to day life.
Recently I was going through such a situation in which I struggled to rest in Him. Even when I decided not to be anxious, I became so anxious that I was not able to enjoy the peace in God’s presence. Then Holy Spirit taught me through Psalms 37, how to find rest in Jesus through the process of Trusting, Delighting and Committing. And when I did that with Jesus, even though all my problems still stayed same, I was filled with peace and joy. Now even if the situations get better or worse it doesn’t matter, because Christ is my peace and I will rest on Him as I wait patiently for Him.
How can I rest in the Lord while waiting patiently for my deliverance to come through?
David in Psalms 37, shares from his life experiences three steps for that.
- Trust in the Lord.
- Delight yourself in the Lord
- Commit your ways to that Lord.
“Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.”
Psalms 37:3-5 NKJV
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding is a very familiar verse for everyone. The two main focus here is Trust and Lean. When we are tired and need rest and support we lean onto something. And what we lean onto must be strong and immovable. This verse asks us to trust in God, who is strong and unchanging.
Don’t lean on your understanding. Our understanding about the matter or situation that we are in, is not stable and changes all the time. The situation may get better or worse. And if we put our trust in that understanding and lean on it, we will be disappointed and left helpless. But If we trust God Almighty, who is strong and who doesn’t change like shifting shadows; no matter whatever happens to the situation we are in, we will have peace and hope. Because our trust is in The One who makes all things work together for our good. He is good and faithful. Psalms 37: 3 says to Trust in the Lord, do good and feed on His faithfulness. Remember His faithfulness in your life. The ways He led you and sustained you in the past. And we will be able to serve others and do good for the glory of God.
When we trust Him completely we will be able to delight in Him. And when we delight in Him, He will give the desires of our heart (Psalms 37:4). Delighting yourself in the Lord means making Him the source of your joy. Whatever God does in my life, I will be happy and pleased with it. Thinking about God and His ways, talking about Him and honoring God in everything, and that is how we delight in Him. And then you will see how God brings out the best of the desires in your heart.
“Commit your way to the Lord; trust also in him, and he shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37:5 . Pray and Commit your ways to the Lord. All your plans, ideas, suggestions, expectations commit them all to God. A complete full commitment. And He will bring it to completion. He knows what He is doing and His plans for us are good. So we can trust Him and be rest assured that the result will be wonderful and for our good.
Finding Rest in Him.
And even after doing this, at times when you feel burdened or anxious, Christ is right there with you to sustain you through this process of waiting as you journey forward.
This journey of trusting, delighting and committing to the Lord is not easy. We will have hurdles and struggles along the way. But no matter what may come know that God is not far away from you. He is with you. So give your burdens all to Him and walk victoriously this journey as He leads you.
“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22 ESV. This same verse we see in 1 Peter 5:7- ‘cast your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.”. We see here an invitation to cast all our burdens ( worries, anxieties, cares) upon Jesus. Not only that He takes all our burdens away from us, but He also sustains us in our journey forward. He is not a God who take our burdens and walk away from us. He very well knows that we cannot do this with our own strength. So he doesn’t leave us alone in our journey, but He upholds us with His hand and lead us forward (Isaiah 41:10), making sure the righteous is not shaken. He will not let us slip, fall or fail when we trust in Him.When we accepted God’s calling and decided to follow Him, His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness. (2Peter 1:3). If we could just trust God and follow Him, He will sustain us.
May God bless you all as you Trust in Him with all your heart , choose to Delight in Him and Commit your ways to the Lord. Then you will be able to rest in Him (Psalms 37:7) and see His deliverance (Psalms 37:40).