Friday, July 01, 2011

Fret Not, but Trust In!

 1Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
 2For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.
 3Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
 4Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 

Fret Not, but Trust In!

The Psalms give us such a wonderful opportunity to see the heart and passion of the writers who so desired to return to their First Love. Psalm 37 is perhaps one of the most loved of the Psalms and for very good reasons. Knowing how prone we are to be consumed with worries and struggles, David begins with the words,  "fret not" because of evil doers; two verses later he admonishes us to "trust in" the Lord.

It is true that our life is often consumed by worries about others, which is often tempered with envy over their good fortune in comparison with our own poor lot in life. However, what is the great lesson we are forgetting? If the wicked do not turn to the Lord, this life is the best it will ever be for them. They have no great eternity with God in their future, but rather will be cut down just like the grass. No, they are not to be envied! 

But, what of the Christian? God's commandments for us are quite simple, are they not? 

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.

There lies the true "formula" for success. Let us, by the grace of God, not be so shortsighted that we fail to see beyond this temporal life. Let us, rather, look beyond our own experiences and delight ourselves in the Lord. He, alone, deserves our trust, for He orders all things for our own good. Things that may seem bad or distressing in our own eyes are tempered by God to bring about a greater good.

His love for us is so beyond our own understanding; He truly will give us the desires of our heart. Along with that, the desires of our heart will also change. As we grow closer to the Lord, the more we desire Him. The more we desire Him, the less the things of this world will tempt us.

Let us pray, that by God's grace we will fret not, but trust in the Lord!

God Bless You,
Linda

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