We live in a world where injustice and ungodliness seems more prevalent every day. It’s difficult to watch the news and see how wicked people cry for justice, yet involve themselves in the same violence that they decry against. It’s difficult to listen to politicians who are more concerned with their own agenda, than what the will of the people is. The truths and principles of God’s Word seem to be fading away daily, while anti-God sentiment continues to rapidly grow. David struggled to understand the injustices and ungodliness he saw throughout his life, writing about it in Psalm 37. But he also reminds us in that chapter to keep our focus centered on God. David gives us some key principles, that if put into practice, can help us to look “up” instead of “around,” thereby enabling us to truly trust God.
“Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” (Ps 37:3-5). Trusting God is much more than simply believing who He is and that His words are true. It’s having complete confidence in a sovereign God, regardless of the outcome, even if there is overwhelming evidence to the contrary. No matter what happens in your life you will turn to Him, not away from Him. It’s being at peace with what He does and what He decides, including the unrest in our country, as well as the upcoming election.
The words “trust” and “commit” in this chapter are closely related. To commit your way to the Lord is to give everything to God, thereby being totally submissive and dependent on Him. It’s acknowledging His rightful authority to every detail of your life. Not your plans, but His. Not your desires, but His. Not your future, but His. It’s not asking God to bless your plans; it’s waiting for His plan, then confidently following Him.
“Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths” (Psalms 25:4).
When you truly trust God and commit your life to him, you can live a peaceful, restful, fear-less life, knowing He is in control.
“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread” (Psalms 37:7, 25).
As you pray and fast for the upcoming election, learn to lean more on God. Make the motto IN GOD WE TRUST a reality, make it your lifestyle.