Every Wednesday for the next 7 weeks or so, I’d like you to pull up a chair, a pillow or cushion, grab a cup of something hot and join us as we sit around the virtual ‘living room’ talking about God’s Word together.
Each of our weekly ‘walks’ (which is why I chose the pathway photo above) will be reviewing 4 or 5 verses at a time, asking questions, defining words, and shining light on some of the gems I’ve discovered.
I’ll include my email address at the end if you’d like to ask a question or make a comment. I so look forward to hearing from you.
I realize I said we’d be camping here for 8 weeks–I thought we’d certainly be able to get through 40 verses in that time; hat’s only 5 verses a week. Well………we only looked at 4 verses last time and this week there are just two, verses 5 and 6.
There’s just too much good stuff to chew on here!
REVIEW: Psalm 37 is a Pastoral Psalm–King David is the author and He spent a lot of time out in the countryside.
Do you remember my suggestion to go through the 40 verses FIRST and underline all the verbs?
Which ones did you find? (You can look at the previous week’s post on my Bible Study tab, if you’d like.)
This Psalm is all about Dwelling–residing in one place, staying put–and even though we are in one place–resting? waiting? (are you waiting for something?) we have some action words to look at.
verse 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.”
‘Commit your way to the Lord…
The Amplified Bible really brings this verse alive.
“Roll and repose each care of your road on Him.”
“Roll and repose”. Although we may think of ‘repose’ as an “I’m chilling out and relaxing” kind of word, it actually means to ‘re-rest’ or ‘place back’. Now doesn’t that make sense, to ‘place back’ our cares upon the mighty shoulders of our Sovereign God?
Charles Spurgeon mentions in his Treasury of David, this verse is rendered in the Latin,
‘Revela viam Domino’–“reveal thy way”.
Reveal your way to me God, your path. I’m on this road–show me which way to go.
The idea of the ‘cares of our road’ is so descriptive. We are on a pathway, sojourning together through this life in God’s kingdom here on earth.
What does your path look like?
An uncertain mist ahead of you; the ground is clear, you can see where to walk,
but you don’t know what’s at the end?
Clear blue skies, the end in sight, bright light showing the way?
Whatever is on your road–you can commit (roll and repose)
every care of your road on Him.
The next part of verse 5 says, “trust in Him….
‘Trust in the Amplified Bible is “lean on, rely on and be confident.”
YOUR TURN: Take a minute to look up two other ‘trust in Him’ verses:
NOW, (in the Comments maybe?) share 3 of your favorite verses or 3 that you just found about trusting in the Lord. (And no fair quoting Proverbs 3:5,6–they’re powerful, yes, but share some other ones that have spoken powerfully to you. Know what I mean?)
To finish the rest of verse 5, the rejoicing part–after we COMMIT, after we TRUST, it says,
“….and He will do this.” (The ESV Bible says “he will act”).
Of course I wondered what the ‘this’ was that God would do.
v. 6 “He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication (‘the justice of your cause’ NIV) like the noonday sun.
In the Message Bible it says, “He’ll validate your life in the clear light of day.”
To validate means ‘to declare or make legally valid, to mark with an indication of official sanction.’
Spurgeon also comments on verse 6,
“And He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light” (read that in your best King James voice :-), “The more we fret in this case, the worse for us. Our strength is to sit still.“
Oh, that is so opposite of how we think! ‘Sit still?’ ‘Do nothing?’
Right, sometimes God just says, ‘sit still’. And you know how hard that can be….
THOT: When we commit our cares to God, trusting in Him to act, God will stamp a “This one is mine” on us. In other words, I am God’s–His light will reveal that fact to others as I let Him shine through me.
As I ‘roll and repose the cares of my road on Him’ people will see (yes, Jesus, make it so!) the peace and joy I have.
As I trust in Him, He will bring justice where it needs to be in the causes of my life.
Is someone slandering you at work? Are there moms talking behind your back? Friends at church who think wrongly of you? Nonbelievers who are holding your faith against you?
Dwell in the land, the pasture where you are. Feed on God’s word. Trust in Him. Commit all your ways to him–keep rolling those cares onto Jesus.
HE will validate your life in the clear light of day.
See you next week!