“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Psalm 37:5-8 (NIV)
“Commit”: Give over to someone; Promise to perform a certain deed or duty.
“Trust”: rely upon; have faith in; believe in another person.
“righteousness”: being deemed blameless in God’s eyes.
“justice”: the correctness of a person’s or an institution’s actions.
“Be still before the Lord”: Stand silent, listening for what He has to say.
“wait patiently for him”: Do not be in a rush. Expectantly bide your time. Remember God’s timetable is not ours.
“do not fret when men succeed in their ways”: Do not worry or fear when God’s people become victims of evil people. We see stories about the escalating crime rates in our cities and states. We also know those doing the injurious acts will have to face God as they leave this earth.
“when they carry out their wicked schemes.” We have seen and heard of a lot of evil in this world. Pick up your daily newspaper, read the “Nation & World” pages, and then reread those stories with God’s eyes. Pray for those involved in the tragedy or the action. We need to make this a daily practice.