“Shaped by Wisdom: Fitness for the Body, Mind, & Soul” – Week 5
By Becky Burke
Have you ever felt like life isn’t fair? Have you ever felt like you were doing your best to walk with God, but those not walking with Him seem to be getting all the breaks? In fact, life seems pretty easy for them and they aren’t suffering for living their lives apart from Him, you think.
Deep in your soul, have you ever felt angry and spent time fretting over this? I have, and I’ve found that Psalm 37 has helped me get the proper perspective! Psalm 37 teaches me that God can be trusted, that He understands, that He blesses His children, and His judgements are for sure.
You would think that after years of walking with Him and seeing all that He has done and knowing the truth about all that is mine as His child, that I would have no problem trusting Him! This is where I get frustrated with myself as a believer because I want to look at my relationship with my Heavenly Father and be able to say, “Yes of course I trust You fully, Lord, no matter what.” Then, here I go again, looking at life’s circumstances, looking at others who don’t walk with God, reacting to what I see in our culture, and feeling despair or at least not having an attitude of peace as I live life! Oh, I don’t always struggle with this, but some days I do. I long to grow to the point that I’m continually seeing less fretting and more trusting in my life!
If you have that same longing, I urge you to spend some time in Psalm 37. David, no stranger to being honest with God about what concerns him, gives us some good advice for dealing with this. He shows us that instead of focusing on the ungodly and how life isn’t being fair with us, we need to put our focus on Him completely. What does David say about that focus? He gives us 4 tips.
Put our focus here:
- Trust in the Lord and continue doing good. When I’m fretting, I’m not trusting!
- Delight yourself in the Lord. There is an abundance of blessings that are mine, as His child, to be appreciating Him & being thankful to Him for!
- Commit your way to the Lord. Roll those burdens off my shoulders & give them to Him daily!
- Rest in the Lord. I need to be silent & still before Him, surrendered & waiting patiently as He works.
As we put our focus here, God assures us that He understands what life is like for us and all that is going on in the world. He knows when we feel life isn’t fair, yet His promise to us, is that He blesses His children and His judgement upon unrighteousness is for sure!
Verse 22 seems to sum up Psalm 37 for us. “For those blessed by Him, will inherit the land; but those cursed by Him will be cut off.” Another favorite psalm that I love to go to when my trust in Him is a little on the weak side, is Psalm 73. The psalmist here encourages me because when he is tempted to be unfaithful and not trust God, in v. 17 he declares “until I came into the sanctuary of God; Then I perceived their end,” meaning the “end” of those walking apart from their God. Hmmm….that sounds familiar….perhaps coming into the sanctuary of the Lord is like putting my focus in the right place….David’s instructions in Psalm 37! I love it when Scripture supports Scripture!
I will end with that beautiful ending 4 verses in Psalm 73, which encourages my heart to keep on keeping on in this life as Psalm 37 teaches me.
Ps.73:25-28….Whom have I in heaven but Thee? And besides Thee, I desire nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. For, behold, those who are far from Thee will perish; Thou has destroyed all those who are unfaithful to Thee, but as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all Thy works.
Notice the last line of that passage, “that I may tell of all Thy works”! Yes, we can trust Him when life isn’t fair and the ungodly seem to flourish, knowing that He will bless His children and the cursed will be cut off, but instead of relishing in that truth, let’s be inspired to be all about telling of all His works, so many may come to Him and be spared an eternity without Him.