Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Psalms For Moms: Trust, Delight, Commit Pt. 1

For the next three weeks, I am going to be taking a look at some of my favorite verses in the Bible: Psalms 37:3-6, each week focusing on a different verse. As we draw closer to God, we'll trust, commit and delight-- that's the reason for putting them all together. But to fully grasp all of them, we need to look at each aspect one at a time.

3 Trust in the LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the LORD,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.

Today we're focusing on verse number 3.

There are a lot of verses about trusting God. It's the core of faith. One I am particularly focusing on right now is Isaiah 26:3: "You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you."

When we trust in Him we can enjoy safe pasture. We can rest. Trust is the key to reducing anxiety, calming our racing thoughts. Safe pasture is the place we can lie down in a green field, stretch out our arms and be at peace, knowing that God's got this. When we place our trust squarely in Him we have nothing to fear. It's all about knowing He loves us and because His love is perfect we can trust His perfect plans, no matter what they are.

What do you need to trust Him with? Everytime you start to worry about it today, choose instead to trust. Trust, commit, delight. But the first step is trust.
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Zibilee said...

I have issues with this sometimes. I know that I need to trust the Lord, and that he will handle everything, but there are times when I will give up everything to him, only to take it back again a few hours later. I liken it to playing tug-of-war with God. I know I need to let it be and drop it so that he can deal with it, but there are times when I just can't help but tug it away from him again. Clearly I need to learn to let go a little more readily! Thanks for sharing this with us Marybeth. I needed this reminder!

Queen of Good Intentions said...

Wow! How amazing God is! Just this morning I was focusing on how God cares for his sheep in my quite time and I have been scurring around all morning praying that the Lord would give me a green pasture today to lay down in but tossing it over in my heart that I knew I was missing the pasture he had put before me- well there it is- my trust. I say I trust but then I catch myself not believing that He will provide. Thanks so much for sharing! I love seeing how the Lord used your words and His in my life today.

Anonymous said...

I just love Isaiah 26:3 because along with 2 Corinthians 4 the pastor based my father's memorial service on these passages. My parents both embodied the "trust and obey" and "fruits of the spirit" lifestyle through out all the trials they endured. PTL for godly parents.

Cheri Bunch said...

We share favorite verses, Marybeth!
I need to remember this every minute of my life!

Brenda said...

I definitely need to just relax and trust God. I am always so worried about everything. It would be nice to find some peace.

Michelle DeRusha@Graceful said...

Hi Marybeth -- I've read your name twice today on two of my favorite blogs (Ann Voskamp and Emily at Chatting at the Sky), so I just had to pop over to meet you in person myself! And to find such compelling verses here is icing on the cake. I've really gravitated toward the trust verses this year, particularly "Do not let your heart be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me" from John. This verse in particular helped me through many rough spots this past year.

Hope I get to meet you in real life someday!

MARCIA said...

I really am struggling with trusting & resting.