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Friday, February 26, 2016

PSALM 37

 

 
I like living on the edge, the edge of the country: lush fields, blooming trees, herds of cows, snow topped mountains in the distance, a broad view of the always changing sky.  This morning one jack rabbit and one cow got the whole herd moving; a jack rabbit stampeding cows?  Who knows what's in the mind of a bovine, but when one starts running, not with the wolves or bulls, but with the jack rabbit the whole herd joins in the race.  Get along little doggies!  Yeehaw! Moving, moving, moving, keep those doggies moving, rawhide!  This was our morning entertainment.


 
"Don't FRET because of evildoers,
Be not envious toward wrongdoers.
For they will wither quickly like the grass
And fade like the green herb.
Trust in the Lords and do good;
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness
(feed securely or feed on His faithfulness)...
Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him
(Be still in the Lord and wait longingly for Him.)
Do not FRET because of him who prospers in his way...
Cease from anger and forsake wrath;
Do not FRET; it leads only to evil doing...
But those who wait for the Lord,
they will inherit the land...
But the humble will inherit the land
And will delight themselves in abundant prosperity...
(verses 1-3, 7-11)


 
Do not FRET.
Don't be fooled and chased by silly jack rabbits.
Dwell, cultivate, rest, wait patiently, be still, wait longingly, delight in abundance.
That's a harvest of words that will not wither or fade.


 
"Rest in the Lord"
'Be silent, be dumb'
Do not find fault with thy Maker:
He does all things well for others;
He will do all things well for thee.
"and wait patiently for him"
'set thyself to expect Him';
and be determined to expect,
or wait for Him."

 

 
Evildoers
 
We've come up against wickedness a few times. 
Somehow old memories have been dredged up recently
of all the times we've been threatened...
 
 

 
There was the time that a young man called, the son of one of our sweet board member, and asked my husband to visit him, he urgently needed to talk with him.  He was such a likable young man.  My husband married him and his wife.  Then drugs happened.  My man found him in his motel room.  Once inside the young man became angry, barricading my husband in the room and was threatening him with a knife.  He displayed his suitcase full of drugs.  Finally, my man talked him down and was able to leave.  Yes, he turned him in, but the young man had no memory of that incident in the motel room.  Once out from under the influence, he was once again that nice young man loved by his mother.  Evil is on the doorstep.  But don't FRET.

 


 
Smack dab in the middle of those verses comes a very beloved passage...
 
"Delight yourself in the Lord;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
and He will do it.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light
And your judgment as the noonday."
(verses4-6)

 
"Delight yourself in the Lord"
Expect all thy happiness from Him and seek it in Him.
 
Here, this quote from Adam Clarke is so right on...
 
"The desires of thine heart"


 
"THE GODLY MAN NEVER INDULGES A DESIRE
WHICH  HE CANNOT FORM INTO A PRAYER TO GOD."
 
In other words, this is not about finding a bottle to rub with a Genie appearing to grant all your wishes.  Rather, let God give you all the right desires in your heart.  HE WILL GIVE, not all wildest self-centered dreams to come true, but the right desires to fill your being after you've delighted yourself in the Lord.  "Then commit and trust.  Then God will do it.  He will work for Thee." 

 
Our righteousness is not something we create, but He will bring it forth as light, bright as the noonday.  "As God said in the beginning, 'Let there be light and there was light';  so He shall say, 'Let thy innocence appear', and it will appear as suddenly and as evident as the light was at the beginning."

This "commit your way" literally means "roll thy way upon the Lord: probably a metaphor taken from the camel, who lies down till his load be rolled upon him.  God will be our beast of burden?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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