It is a dark and rainy Wednesday. I am alone at the crisis pregnancy center. Without any clients brave enough thus far to venture out in this deluge, I’ve been working on this week’s Bible study lesson. We are studying Psalm 37, a beautiful contrast between the paths of the “wicked” and the “righteous,” as well as a confident expression of the Lord’s faithful provision on behalf of His people. Through the course of our homework, we were encouraged to list the verbs in the Psalm that describe the Lord’s actions and activity. For instance, He knows the days of the blameless, He upholds the righteous, He establishes the steps of those who delight in His way, He will not forsake His saints, He helps, He delivers. Author Kathleen Nielson writes: “Here is our great reason not to fret, but to trust such a God.” Oh, yes. And amen. What a God we serve, He who acts on behalf of His people.
This particular Psalm holds great meaning for me as it has offered encouragement to me to persevere at a time when I felt so very weak. The temptation to fret and to anger weighed heavily on me, and it seemed difficult to believe that the Lord would indeed uphold and deliver. In the midst of this struggle a dear friend sent me a bookmark and an admonition: Trust in the Lord and do good (Psalm 37:3). Trust Him, Lisa, when you can’t see what He’s doing and when you are tempted to doubt His good, perfect, and acceptable provision. Do good when it hurts, when you feel that insidious root of bitterness seeking a stranglehold in your heart, when you are afraid your efforts will be misunderstood, mischaracterized and maligned. Cling to the promises that Psalm 37 grants to those who commit their way to the Lord! Remember that He sees, He knows, He upholds, He helps, and He has a beautiful inheritance for those who delight in Him.
And my friend was right. He has. He does. He is faithful and true to His all His promises which are Yes and Amen in Christ!
I have a friend enduring a very similar heartache. She too struggles to believe, to hope. I told her the same as my friend told me. Trust Him. Do good. In the end, He will show Himself faithful in ways yet unimagined, glory to His name…
Does your heart well up in grief and pain? Are you shaken by difficulties and doubt? Trust the Lord. Pour out your heart before Him. Take it to Him and leave it in His all powerful hands. You can do good even to those who may malign you because He is good and He is sovereign. Trust Him.