Right in the middle of the 37th Psalm are three verses that I have always loved. The whole of the Psalm is really a good lesson in how to live as God’s people. And these three verses are really lovely.
“Trust in the Lord, and do good; so you will dwell in the land, and enjoy security. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.”
One of the things we often forget as we think about faith is that we have a responsibility to our God. The three verses above remind us of some of that. We are to trust in God, take delight in God, and commit our way to God. And then God will act.
We are called to be about the business of being God’s people. We are not to sit back and wait for God to simply take care of us. When we allow ourselves to hope, we are expected to live in hope. When we believe and have faith, we are expected to reach out to others in Christ’s name. When we trust in God, we are expected to follow God’s leading.
My challenge to you is: if you already know this passage from Psalm 37, repeat it to yourself every day for one whole week. If you don’t already know it, memorize it so you can repeat it to yourself every day for one whole week. If we do that, I wonder what God might have in store for us?