Psalm 37 Verses 1-11 – This Psalm is written in steps of trust. It comes out of David’s experience that trusting God is a deepening walk that contains cycles of trust. (David wrote this as an old man v25)
Each new area and each new level of walking with God requires further trusting.
We can also assess where we are in our resting in Him by looking at our internal trust levels, identifying which step we are on at any given moment and then quickly use these steps to trust our way to victory. Every attack and every crisis will push us into a lesser state of trusting and we need to have quick ways to bring ourselves back into full effectiveness.
Psalm 37:1-5. A Psalm of David
Do not fret yourself (wind yourself up) with evil doers; and do not be envious against the workers of iniquity.
For they shall soon wither like the grass; and fade as the green herb.
Trust in the Lord, and do good; you shall dwell in the land, and you shall be fed on truth.
Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Roll your way on the Lord; trust also in Him, and He will work.
This psalm has some choices we can take to walk in delighting in Jesus who lives on the inside of every believer. Each choice is built on the trust choice before it.
- Stopping allowing ourselves to be stirred up to worry and start trusting is the beginning
- Once we calm that down we can trust our Father and do what comes out of His peace
- Then we can delight in Him
- When we delight in Him, our hearts come into tune with His and prayer gets answers.
- Not only that but He starts answering what we feel from the heart needs to be in place “Roll your way”
- More trust is needed to stay in a place of delighting in Him, and this further trust and surrender to Him produces a space He can work in. He produces much in your sphere of influence.
Some can do that easier in singing (church) worship than at home or work. Each of us needs to experiment to discover the personal keys that help to stay in a place of delight and trust.
It has been said that practicing faithfulness to God causes us to live a standard that affects those around us. We can achieve this by being hard and legalistic or by connecting to His life which naturally produces faithfulness. The second choice is what I am talking about here.
Only His Life active inside us controls the influence of self or the flesh. Galatians 5:22 Being humble hearted toward Dad and walking along surrendering our heart to Him enough to let that happen, brings us into a place where we can delight in Him.
What is delighting in Him?
What are the ways you know of delighting in Him? (Singing in worship, soaking etc.)
We can experience delighting in Him in many ways but it takes some practise to get there.
Each of us is wired differently so we need to try things out to find what works for us.
Matthew 5 up to gentle is the attitudes we can choose to get into a place of delighting in Him. The rest of the list in Matthew 5 flows from delighting in Him
Delighting in Him brings the ability to:-
• totally surrender to Him
• letting the worries and cares of life rest with Him
• know heart to heart that He cares
• know that He is not mean or unkind
• know that He is merciful and giving
• rest in Him Be still and know
• turn away from anger and into His love
• turn the other cheek Matthew 5:38-45
• He never ill-treats anyone and we get infected with His attitude
Delighting in Him is a key that makes lots of other stuff fall into place.
Trusting is a bit like jumping off a hill with Him into Him at times but as we do we learn that He’s always there, always big and always worth the effort.
It’s so much easier to bring out a spiritual gift from a place of delighting in Him and we are much more likely to get it right. We relax into a place to know His bigness, and His great love as we pursue delighting in Him.
Steps of trust and depth of dynamic relationship
These are the steps in order:-
V 1-3 – Not worrying about others means that I can concentrate on Dad and trust Him (see V 16 man has his day). It is food, or Life to us to do His will. John 4:34 “My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish His work”.
V 4-6 – Trusting and resting in His Life. Then His Life determines my asking so that it is in accord with His desire/will.
V 4 Delighting in His person and how wonderful He is as well as trusting Him causes His heart attitudes to flow in our heart, and so He can grant anything in our heart at that moment because the desires are in tune or in harmony with Him.
V 5 Delighting in Him means realising that He is are totally in control and our commitment to Him is total.
A) Totally surrendering to Jesus.
B) Doing immediately what Dad shows to do and say.
C) letting all the worries of Life rest with Him, knowing that He cares and will take care of all things because He is not unkind or mean. Our Dad is loving kindness, merciful, and giving.
V 7 Resting in Him = resting in what He has revealed to you and waiting, not allowing worry over those who persecute.
In John 15:7-10 Jesus said “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you. In this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit: so shall you be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandment, ye shall abide in my love: even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in His love”.
V 8-10 – Recognising and stopping feelings of anger, and forsaking doing anything about it. Preventing worry/reason from provoking action which comes from self.
V 8 The anger that is felt when it is allowed will immediately disconnect our soul from our spirit and block dwelling in Jesus and receiving His Life flow. Wrath is an action that He alone can be trusted with – man shifts into self mode in wrath. Dad asks the opposite of us and empowers us to do it – turn the other cheek or let them have what they demand or take. Matthew 5:38-45
Dad doesn’t want us to worry over any of it because that means by reason we will wind up ill-treating others as a result of self motivated thinking. Dad never ill-treats anyone and resting in Him means we are able to stay in His Life through all those things and we will not ill-treat anyone either. Staying in Hs peace is the antidote to worry and anxiety.
Faithfulness toward Dad brings about (assurance) settledness and strength in the heart and steadfastness of spirit.
Trust-ing Dad means hope that He is going to bring about His way instead of our self-way or any other way that might seem to be in force. Also hanging onto Him, being persuaded or knowing that He is able because He is that good.
Trusting comes out of knowing Him and relying on His LOVING NATURE. He works and He is.
He is the initiator, we are the reluctant son. He is the saviour. He always grants Mercy that we cry for.