Trust in the Lord

Psalm 37:1-9

The story of Adam and Eve was being carefully
explained in the children’s Sunday School class.
Following the story, the children were asked to
draw some pictures that would illustrate the story.
Little Bobby drew a picture of a car with three
people in it. In the front seat was a man and in the
back seat, a man and a woman. The teacher was at
a loss to understand how this illustrated the lesson
of Adam and Eve. Little Bobby was prompt with his
explanation. “Why, this is God driving Adam and
Eve out of the garden!”

Today we are going to be talking about what it means to
trust in the Lord.

David is the author of this Psalm.
It’s one that has come up several times over the last few
weeks in my own personal study time, so I wanted to
share it with you this morning.

It’s especially relevant in this time of uncertainty in our
nation and in the world. There is political unrest, there is
much animosity over social injustices, not to mention the
global pandemic that seems to be never ending.

How do we remain faithful and trust that God is still in
control in the midst of all of this uncertainty?
Psalm 37 gives us 7 Actions to Trust in the Lord.

Psalm 37:1-9

The first two verses give us the context for the following
verses.
David is telling the reader not the fret or worry over the
evil and those who do wrong. They are living for the
now, not eternity. Life is a vapor, here today and gone
tomorrow. Even if they prosper while they are one earth,
it shouldn’t affect how Christians live their life.

V. 3 tells the reader to trust in the Lord and:

Do Good
We mustn’t concern ourselves with what the evil men in
the world are doing, rather, we should be focused on
doing good. David also writes in v.27 “Depart from evil
and do good, so you will abide forever.”

Paul had some thoughts on this idea of doing good too

Galatians 6:9-10 “Let us not lose heart in doing
good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow
weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us
do good to all people, and especially to those who
are of the household of the faith.”

2 Thessalonians 3:13 “But as for you, brethren, do
not grow weary of doing good.”

God desires for us to do good. Jesus modeled it during
His life on earth. He cast out demons, He healed the sick,
He gave sight to the blind and helped the lame to walk,
He even raised the dead to life.
When we trust in the Lord, we will continue to do good.
Next, David writes to:

Dwell in the Land
If we truly trust in the Lord, we are going to dwell right
where He has us. To dwell means to stay, remain or
hang out. The world is constantly telling us that the
grass is greener on the other side. Many of us have
learned from experience that this is not true. Trusting in the
Lord means being content with where God has us.
Sometimes God will give us clear directions to move from
the land He has us, but until He does, we should dwell in
the land and enjoy where He has us.

The next action goes along with the previous one.

Cultivate Faithfulness
While we are dwelling in the land, we should be growing
in faithfulness.
My Bible has a side note that says that word can also
mean to feast on His faithfulness.
There’s another Scripture that says taste and see that
the Lord is good.
Also, Psalm 33:4 says, “For the word of the Lord is
upright, and all His work is done in faithfulness.”

Cultivating faithfulness isn’t something we can do on our
own, the Holy Spirit has to be in charge of it, but we can
be mindful of what we spend our time on, what we look
at and how we speak. The more we go outside of the
things that glorify God the further we get from His
faithfulness.

Next, Davis writes for the reader to:

Delight in the Lord
The Hebrew word translated delight can also mean enjoy
or be happy about something.
Sometimes when we pray to the Lord, we are laser
focused on our requests and what we want from God
rather than spending time focused on who God is and
how great He is.
Other times we get upset with God when things happen
that don’t make sense to us. People we love get sick or
injured or lose their jobs and we tell God how wrong He
is for allowing it or ask Him why He could allow it to
happen.
What we should be doing instead is going to Him with
gladness and meditating on His word and His promises
knowing that He is in control and we shouldn’t worry
about tomorrow, because tomorrow has enough worries
for itself.

The fifth action David mentions is to:

Commit your ways to the Lord
In the OT believers were known as people of the way.
They followed the commands of the Lord and lived for
him by faith, not by sight.
To commit your ways to the Lord means to trust that His
way is best and die to our own selfish thoughts and ways
and surrender to a life of following God.
Notice in Psalm 37:23 “The steps of a man are
established by the Lord and He delights in his way.”
God prepares the way we should go. And He desires for
us to commit to obediently following it.
Now, keep this in mind, even if we take a few wrong
turns He still has our path planned out.
Most of us use the GPS on our phones to navigate
somewhere we are unfamiliar. What happens when we
take a wrong turn or get distracted by the radio or
someone talking to us? It recalculates and shows us the
way to our destination. If you don’t believe me, just think
of the prodigal son. He went off and spent his inheritance
on wild living and debauchery, but the way home was still
clear and when he was a long way off the father came
running to him with gratefulness and joy.
When we commit our way to the Lord, we are saying not
our will but yours Lord!

Rest in the Lord
The word rest here in Hebrew means to be silent, still, or
stop. It’s like in Psalm 46:10 where David writes,
“Cease striving and know that I am God.”

It’s difficult to rest in this busy world. We all have places
to be and things to accomplish, but God wants us to take
time to rest in Him.
Jesus told the people, come to me all who are weary and
heavy laden and I will give you rest.

One thing I enjoyed in the early part of the pandemic,
when we were pretty much sequestered to our homes,
was the extra time to be still and rest. That’s how God
desires for us to live, with regular times of rest, being
still and quiet in His presence. We must make an effort to
carve out time for this, if not it will become increasingly
more difficult to hear from Him.
Finally, David writes to:

Wait Patiently for the Lord
No one likes to wait- our culture tells us we don’t have to
wait, put it on credit, go for it, don’t think, just act.
That’s contrary to what God would like to teach us.
One of the fruit of the Spirit is patience.
David is saying, those who trust in the Lord will wait
patiently for His timing.
God’s timing is always perfect.
God fulfilled His promise to Abraham at the age of 99.
He made him a father just as He promised even after
Abraham and Sarah tried to take matters in their own
hands.

God used Joseph to save the nation of Israel from the
famine even after his brothers threw him in a pit and left
him for dead, even after he was thrown in prison for
something he didn’t even do.
When we wait on God’s perfect timing, God’s
perfect plan prevails.

In addition to the things we do in order to trust God,
there are three things God’s word says about Him if we
trust Him.

He will Give us the Desires of our Heart
When we delight ourselves in the Lord, we are spending
time in His presence. We are worshiping Him and
listening to His voice. It’s not that He gives whatever we
ask for, but rather when we delight ourselves in Him, His
desires become our desires.

He will Act
God is always working.
Sometimes we don’t see it because we are distracted or
not paying attention
How can we see what God is doing?
Look around, pray (God answers – Yes, No, Wait)
Is God at work when He makes us wait?
Of course, He is shaping us into who He wants us to be
before He answers that prayer
Is God at work when He says no?
Of course, He often has something better in store for us,
or wants to teach us something. He told Paul His grace
was sufficient for Him when he had the thorn in his flesh

Of course, He often has something better in store for us,
or wants to teach us something. He told Paul His grace
was sufficient for Him when he had the thorn in his flesh

Rest assured, God will act.
He will do whatever necessary for His will to be
accomplished.

He will Bring forth Righteousness in us
We definitely don’t earn our righteousness. It was
purchased by Christ on the cross at Calvary.
When we trust in God, He brings out His righteousness in
us. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, He who knew no sin
became sin on our behalf so that we might become the
righteousness of God in Him.
Our new nature shines forth for others to see.

Praise and Worship the Lord
Psalm 95:1-7
A young executive was leaving the office late one
evening when he found the CEO standing in front of
a shredder with a piece of paper in his hand.