Psalm 37:1-8

Guidelines for Today

Just as these children in Zambia eagerly await fresh and clean water from the new well being drilled, we embark on a new day and move into the unknown of life. 

In Psalm 37:1-8, the Psalmist gives some instructions for a day and life of significance, contentment, and meaning.

  1. Psalm 37:1 - Don’t get upset when it seems like evil people succeed, for this is all they have, and one day they will reap what they sow.
  2. Psalm 37:3 - Trust God in everything and do good.
  3. Psalm 37:4 - Delight in the Lord, and your heart’s desire will be His will, and He will bless you.
  4. Psalm 37:5 - Commit and submit your way to God, trust Him, and He will take you through.
  5. Psalm 37:7 - Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for His leading.
  6. Psalm 37:8 - Don’t get angry and do or say evil things.

Although one does not know what the day holds, as believers, we know the One that holds the day.  The song writer reminds us that “moment by moment I have life from above.” 

So it is with great excitement and anticipation we walk eagerly into a new day following and obeying the instructions of God’s Word. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Resting in the Lord

Just as these children rest quietly for physical rest, we should rest in the presence and power of our Lord for spiritual rest and refreshment.  

Many times we do not rest in His ways because we are so overwhelmed with difficulties and struggles.  In our world of abundance and things, we often are focusing on things, circumstances, and events that we think would bring rest and comfort to our soul rather than centering our life and attention on our Lord.

But just as these children in Myanmar are resting without the comforts that we would enjoy, so the child of God must not be focused on things that do not bring rest to the soul and life.  We are constantly reminded in Scripture to think and focus on that which brings one’s mind to the blessings of our Lord. (Philippians 4:8)

Psalm 37 gives the instruction to “fret not, trust in the Lord, Do good, delight in the Lord, commit your way to Him and rest in His timing and provisions.  Resting and trusting in the Lord refreshes one’s soul and gives peace of heart (Philippians 4:7).  We may not have all the “things” and “ways” our heart desires, but in our Lord we can have the joy of the Lord. (Nehemiah 8:10)

Trust in the Lord

It is impossible to know the thoughts of these orphaned children in Myanmar.  Undoubtedly they have thoughts of fear and worry.

We are instructed in scriptures to guard against thoughts that lead us to worry and loss of focus. Rather we are to trust in the Lord.  Encouragement fills the mind of the one who stops to meditate on the promises, power, presence, and the plan of God.

It is a trap of the enemy for a believer to focus on problems, challenges, and difficulties of life rather than the blessings of God.  When one does not trust God, they are opening the door of discouragement, depression, distress, and distraction from the work and ways of God.

In the normal and sometimes difficult circumstances of life, we can have the joy of the Lord as we trust in His Word and ways.  The song writer reminded us of this truth in penning these words, “trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”