Day Three Verses: Psalm 37:5-9
*First pray and ask God to speak personally to you through His Word.
(I grouped verses 5-8 together. One just seems to flow into the next; like a beautiful crescendo. However, feel free to focus on each individual verse.)
1. Write It (Don’t paraphrase. While you may choose to only write a section of the verse, only write words from the verse…don’t add anything to the verse)
“Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
7 Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.”
2. Learn It (What are these verses teaching? Are they giving a command? Do you learn something about God? Several lessons are often drawn from the same verse. Let God speak directly to you. Write down what you learn.)
*The first thing I notice in these verses are all of the command words. I went ahead and underlined those. They seemed important to me as I was reading the verses.
- If I will trust Jesus and commit my life to Him then He will shine His glorious light through me into this dark world. I will also shine for all of eternity as God’s child. If God promises it – He WILL do it.
- Twice we are told not to fret. Instead we are to trust, wait, be still, and not give into anger. It is SO easy for me to become angry at the state of our world. It is SO easy for me to fret over the evil that seems to loom around every corner. I feel like those two responses are me doing something, and oh how I long to be able to do something right now. But wrath-filled anger and fretting are not what God desires. They will only lead to my own dance with evil. God knows we are a “doing” people and so He gives us His to-do list: commit, trust, be still, wait, do not fret, refrain from anger, turn from wrath. God’s to-do list is impossible for me to do on my own strength though. I need the power of the Holy Spirit to accomplish each of those commands.
3. Live It (How can these verses change your life? What can you do differently because of the lesson they teach? Try to form your personal application as a question you ask yourself, or as a prayer. Let God speak personally to you and your situation. Write down your personal application.)
- Would someone be able to look at my life and see the light of Jesus shining through? Am I trusting in other things which potentially dim the light of Jesus in my life?
- What am I fretting over? What is making me angry?
*Lord, I give You my worries and anger. I want to rest in You. Convict me of the anger in my heart that is not righteous or godly, but prideful and caused by hurt-feelings. Help me release those to You. Give me the strength to trust You, rest in You, and release the future to You regardless of the evil that parades all around. Enable me to trust You to deal with those who violate Your law and statues and not be consumed with anger towards them.
- Write It
“For those who are evil will be destroyed,
but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.”
2. Learn It
I do not need to fret or be consumed with anger because God will one day destroy all traces, all memory, of evil. Evil will be no more, but God’s children will dwell with Him forever.* God is my hope.
3. Live It
Am I placing my ultimate hope in anything other than God? Am I hoping more in my savings account than God? Am I hoping more in leaders than God? Am I hoping more in my own abilities than in God?
*Lord, I want my hope to be in You and You alone. Forgive me for putting other things above You. You are my one true Hope. Pierce this darkness with Your brilliant, glorious light. I love You.
Is it getting easier? I hope so! I would love to hear what God is teaching you through this Psalm. I would be honored if you would leave me a comment and share a nugget of Truth God revealed to you.
See you tomorrow,