Day 84: I trust you, Lord. Choosing you. Psalm 37
A VERY popular daily devotional wrote what started out to be a very good topic. It started with a husband trying to do things that are well pleasing to the wife, never really feeling like he hit the mark. One day, he decided he would just ask her what she liked. To his surprise, she responded that she didn’t require much and was easy to please.
The writer then turns the scenario to God. He said when we want to know what God wants us to do or how we should go, we should ‘just ask Him’. The author went on to say that we should trust God, delight ourselves in the Lord, and commit our ways to Him (Psalm 37:3-5). The reading was becoming very promising.
The next paragraph then started off by saying that the writer realized that God gives us freedom of choice. He implied that the choice we decide is honorable as long as we seek Him before we decide. In essence, as long as your choices are good, they are Godly. Take some time and read Psalm 37:3-5. Study it. Is this conclusion you come to as well?
Look at verse 5:
Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:5
The ‘it’ referenced here are ‘the desires of your heart’ from verse four. The writer is alluding that:
- The desires of your heart are pure desires; that they are His desires. When you are in Him, His desires become your desires. Why would He give you the desires of your heart if they are not of Him?
- As long as you commit (or put God first in your action) that to Him you get ‘it’. Go back to the point above. If your desires are aligned with His, then your ways will be His ways. What are you committing to? His ways, i.e. obedience.
- Trusting Him is not part of the deal as indicated right after the part about committing. Why would you need to trust Him if you get to do what you want as long as you put His ways before your ways as the author says? But if His ways are before yours, then whose way are you actually going? If they are His ways, then is not needed because you will simply blindly obey because you trust Him.
If you look throughout the Bible, you will see that God indeed gives you choices, but the options are finite. Your homework: find one instance in the Bible where someone asked God a question and He allowed them to do what they wanted as long as it is a ‘good’ choice or one example where he gave a commandment and a person was ‘allowed’ to disobey. Once found, let me (yes me) know.
God created us with choice. The first choice was to obey Him or not.
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Matthew 7:13-14
It’s easy to disobey. It’s even easier to pretend to obey by deciding that you can choose what you want to do by reading parts of scriptures and leaving out other parts. Remember you obey who you trust. Commit not only your ways but also trust Him. Be obedient and watch the promises come to life in your life.
Committing and trusting,
Keiyia JOYet George
Trust Walk: Walking in His Steps coming soon!