Verses 1-11 – Contains some steps to becoming involved in/founded on the rock of Jesus Christ, being Jesus lordling. A message through David that trusting You is a deepening walk and that each new step requires further trusting, making that decision that “I will leave this in Your totally capable hands to guide (whether knowingly or not for my part) me and to work it all out” (without my blundering interference).
Psalm 37:1-5. A Psalm of David
Do not fret yourself 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 steps we can take to walk in delighting in Jesus who lives on the inside of every believer.
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 practising faithfulness to God causes us to live a standard that affects those around us. It does but many of us need to be able to be in a place inside where we can practise faithfulness. That is what I am talking about here. Only His Life active inside us removes the influence of self or the flesh. Being humble hearted toward God 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?
We can experience delighting in Him as we sing in worship
We can experience delighting in Him at other times and so we should but it takes some practise to get there.
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.
It’s 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 come 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
V 1-3 – Not worrying about others means that I can concentrate on You and trust You (see V 16 man has his day). It is food, or Life to me to do Your 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 Your Life. Then Your Life determines my asking so that it is in accord with Your desire/will.
V 4 Delighting in Your person and how wonderful You are as well as trusting You causes Your person attitudes to flow in a/my man’s heart, and so You can grant anything in that/my heart at that moment/s because the desires are from You Like, and in tune/harmony with You.
V 5 Delighting in You means realising that You are totally in control and so commitment to You is total.
A) Totally surrendering to You.
B) Doing immediately what You show to do and say.
C) letting all the worries of Like rest with You, knowing that You care and will take care of all things because You are not unkind or mean. You are loving kindness, merciful, and giving.
V 7 Resting in You = resting in Your revelation and waiting, not allowing worry over those who persecute.
John 15:7-10 “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit: so shall ye 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 feeling 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 put a man/me outside You and block dwelling in You and receiving Your Life flow. Wrath is, an action that You alone can be trusted with – man is/am too corrupt. You ask the opposite of man/me – turn the other cheek or let them have what they demand or take. Matthew 5:38-45
You don’t want man/me to worry over any of it because that means by reason man will ill treat others as a result of his/my corruption. You never ill treat and resting in You means man/I am/is able to stay in Your Life through all those things and I will not ill treat anyone.
Faithfulness toward You brings about (assurance) settledness and strength in the heart and steadfastness of spirit.
Trust-ing You means hope that You are going to bring about Your way instead of my way or any other way that might seem to be in force. Also hanging onto You, being persuaded or knowing that You are able because You are that good. Trusting comes out of knowing You and relying on Your LOVING NATURE. You work and You are.
You are the initiator, I am the son who fails. You are the saviour. You always grant Mercy that I cry for. (David wrote this as an old man vs 25)
The thinning of the season/reason barrier can be gradual, and sometimes very fast, but always depends on how we believe, or live close to You.
The first thinning is to stop worrying or ‘caring’ (cares and riches - about anyone, friend or enemy doing wrong, and about those who are selfish, because I know what the end of self and selfishness is.
Unless I stop worrying, I cannot trust You or do good because I cannot see Your goodness through the dust clouds of cares and the worrying about them.
Until I can trust You and do good, which flows from You, I cannot delight in You and my heart be tuned completely to YOURS so that my desires are YOUR desires and are then infinitely grantable.
Until I can delight in You I cannot whole heartedly commit my way to You, and rest in the further trusting in You, that that requires. To delight in You means seeing You totally good and totally God, leaving You in control and waiting for You to carry out what You have said. This is the barrier so that Your righteousness shines forth to be felt by me. Like light illuminating my/our whole being and any decisions flowing from the brimming over of Your life inside me seen so clear and pure.
Until that trusting commitment, it is not possible to rest in You, and wait patiently for You, nor is it possible to stop worrying completely about those who do me in and persecute me. Until that happens I cannot cease from anger, nor forsake wrath, because I am not free from sourness, or sufficiently divorced from self, because resting in You leaves no place for self to operate. Keeping a check on worrying about anything prevents me/us doing evil, which is to act by reason and not by revelation. Doing by reason cuts off from Your provision and from “inheriting the earth”, but waiting on You for You to show me what to do brings inheritance of the earth = the inability of Satan to prevail over me so that all that the sole of my foot shall tread shall be given for my use as You and Your Life direct.