“Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.” (Psalm 37:3–5, NKJV)
On this Saturday morning as I was doing my personal devotional time in Deuteronomy, for some reason these verses in Psalm 37 came to my mind. Verse 4 is a favorite of many. However, it’s important to remember that it comes between two verses that speak of our staying faithful and trusting the Lord. Notice what we are told to do while we are waiting on God to give us the desires of our heart: “do good…dwell in the land.” In other words, stay faithful. Do what you know the Lord wants you to do. Be a faithful spouse. Invest in your kids. Be faithful to faithful to your church. Pay your bills. Be a great employee. Do all of these things while you trust in Him and wait on Him.
It’s a mistake to believe that trusting God means we just rest on our laurels or give up on our situation. These verses teach the opposite. Trusting God is staying faithful and doing good – all the while believing that God will move one day and give us the desires of our heart. You see, trusting God IS staying faithful.
Finally, notice the last phrase “…He shall bring it to pass.” When we stay faithful and do what we know the Lord wants us to do to the best of our ability, then He is responsible for the results. Staying faithful demonstrates that we are not depending on ourselves, but on Him. Think about it.