May 29 (Daily reading: 1 Kings 1-2, Psalm 37, 71, 94) As David reflected on his life in Psalm 37, he highlighted four principles from his relationship with the Lord.
1st, “Trust in the LORD and do good.” It must begin here: do we truly trust God for everything? David told us why a person can trust Him: “When he falls, he will not be hurled down, because the LORD is the One who holds his hand” (v. 24). If it were up to us to hold onto Him, we would be in trouble! But since He is holding onto us, we can be confident—we can trust Him!
2nd, “Delight yourself in the LORD; and He will give you the desires of your heart” (v. 4). The desires of our hearts will be pure when we find our delight in God! It is easy to delight ourselves in Him because He delights in us. When our steps “are established by the LORD” … “He delights in (our) way” (v. 23).
3rd, “Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He will do it” (v. 5). Trusting God is an attitude; committing our way to Him is the action that results from the attitude. “Your way” means everything, holding nothing back. When we do this, we discover that “He will do it.” “The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it” (1 Thes. 5:24, NIV). He is trustworthy!
4th, “Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him” (v. 7). This is the highest expression of trusting—taking hands off and letting God “do it” in us and through us, on His timetable. But we do not like to wait! Personally, God is always teaching me; the more I am in a hurry, the more red lights I find in my way! “Rest” is also rendered “be still” as in, “Be still and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10, NIV).
– Al Gary