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David Urging Others to Trust in the Lord
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. (Psa_37:3-5)
Those who live by grace trust in God to work in their lives. We can see David’s heart to live this way, as he urges others to trust in the Lord. “Trust in the LORD . . . feed on His faithfulness . . . Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him.”
God wants His people to be characterized by goodness. Yet, David affirmed that no one does good on their own. “There is none who does good, No, not one” (Psa_14:3). So, for anyone to do good, the Lord must do a good work in and through their lives. Those who place their trust in the Lord find the will and the strength to do that which is good in the sight of God. “Trust in the LORD, and do good.” To be faithful in doing good, God’s people must be nurtured in God’s faithfulness. “Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.” Those who place their trust in a faithful God become increasingly faithful servants of God.
Of course, the work of God in lives is centered in the heart of man. David prayed for an undivided heart of reverential trust toward the Lord. “Unite my heart to fear Your name” (Psa_86:11). Everyone who is willing to let the Lord be the captivating joy of their inner man will have God Himself planting godly desires within their heart. “Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.” These implanted desires are then worked outward unto godly living.
As this godliness is developing, we desire that the Lord’s path for our lives would become increasingly evident. We have a growing interest in walking in the ways of the Lord. David had such a desire in his heart toward the Lord. “Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me” (Psa_25:4-5). The Lord teaches those who are willing to entrust their lives into His directing. “Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.” Those who do place their lives under the sovereign care of God enjoy the great privilege of having the Lord God almighty governing the very steps that they take day by day.
Heavenly Father, I want to trust in You that I might see Your goodness developing in my life. I want to have You as the ultimate joy of my heart that You might have free rein to plant Your desires deep within me. I want to entrust my life into Your hands that I might have You controlling my daily path, through Jesus Christ, my Lord, Amen.
The e-Sword Study Bible
THE DEVOTIONAL USE OF SCRIPTURE
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” — Psa_119:105.
IN EACH verse of Ps. 119, the Psalmist mentions the Scriptures, with one exception, and the constant quotation of the Old Testament by our Lord and His Apostles yields abundant evidence of loving and reverent fellowship with the holy men of past ages, who wrote and spoke as moved by the Holy Spirit. It is specially remarkable that the Lord Jesus in His Temptation, in all His teaching, and in the agony of the Cross bore constant witness to the unique authority of the Word of God spoken through the Old Testament saints.
We may know God, says the Psalmist, through a threefold revelation. Though they have no audible voice or language, the heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament of space, studded with myriads of stars, shows His handiwork. Though speechless, their words witness for Him to the uttermost parts of the earth.
The closing stanza of this great Psalm unfolds God’s handiwork in the construction and direction of our moral nature. Between these golden clasps the Psalmist extols the Scriptures under ten striking similitudes, and that disposition must be indeed extraordinary that does not come within the scope of one of them. The soul that needs restoring; the simple who would become wise; the sad heart who would rejoice; the eyes that would be enlightened; the soul that longs for the gold of truth; the desire for sincerity and reality; the search for understanding and righteousness—all such needs and many more are met from a devout reading of Holy Scripture.
All great ministries which have remained fresh and fragrant through long courses of years have proved the wealth of inexhaustible teaching and inspiration which lies hidden in the Bible. Let us each one resolve to soak ourselves in the Scripture before turning to prayer, as water poured in to moisten the sucker will help to draw water up.
Teach us, O Blessed Spirit of Inspiration, so to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest Thy words, that we may be thoroughly furnished unto all good works, and be enabled to lead others into a true understanding of and love for its hidden treasures. AMEN.