“Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:3-4 (NIV)
“Trust in the LORD” David touches on a very basic attribute of our relationship with God. We have to trust Him. Our trust has to be for all things—small as well as large. I once heard a woman say she told God He could handle the large things in her life; she would handle the small things. After I thought about this, I do not know what she meant by this. Was she confessing her lack of trust?
“do good” As followers of Christ, we are to love others as we love ourselves. (Matthew 22:39) We have to examine our lives to see how we can do this. As human beings, we desire comfort and strive to meet basic needs of our families and ourselves. God’s people establish ministries—food banks, clothes closets, shelters- to help meet those basic needs of others.
“dwell in the land” When we come to the LORD and ask Him into our hearts, we discover we are to live for Him. Jesus desires to have first place in our hearts and our lives. Billy Graham told all who came forward to receive Christ at his crusades to find a church and learn more about Him.
“enjoy safe pasture.” When we live for the LORD, we will appreciate being able to commune with God and receive guidance from Him. One of the blessings I receive from the LORD is when I awaken and He gives me the words of a hymn or a praise song in my heart.
“Delight yourself in the LORD” Do you remember when you were a small child when you were going to see a grandparent. Did you get excited? My maternal grandmother lived in the southern part of our nation. I always looked forward to seeing her-either when she came to our house or we went to see her. Magnify that euphoric feeling many times and this is how we are to look forward to spending time with Jesus—personal prayer time, a church service, a small group meeting, be it Bible study, a prayer group, or just a time of fellowship.
“he will give you the desires of your heart.” When we follow God and live for Him, when we look forward to being with like-minded believers, God will give us what we need to bring peace to our hearts. The scripture says: “the desires of our hearts”; isn’t one of those basic desires that we find peace in our hearts?