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Trust in the Lord

Alan

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Psalms 37:1-5, “Trust in the Lord.”

 

Verse 1 – 5, “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”

 

David was King over the nation of Israel. He was not a pastor, a religious leader, or a priest. He was a man who trusted in God and God anointed him become King. David trusted in God and in the promises in the Bible. So, God lifted him up in his life.

  

A lot of people commit evil. We see, or hear; people do evil, commit crimes, war, deceit or other bad things. Sometimes we see evil people become famous or rich. Sometimes this causes us to worry or to envy them. God says not to worry or fret. Why? They will perish like the grass one day and spend eternity in hell.

 

Instead of worrying, or being jealous, we need to trust in God and do good.

 

Verse 9 says, “For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.”

 

The Lord Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5

 

All of us have desires in our lives. We have plans and hopes for our lives, our jobs and our families. God can help us overcome obstacles so we can have these desires. God wants to bless us. We need to know and enjoy the things of God as written in the Bible. 1 John 4:4 says, “Ye are of God, little children and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

 

In order for God to bless us, we need to decide to commit our lives to Him. God knows our situation and when we trust in Him, He can give us our needs and desires.

Jesus is Lord. When we trust in Christ as our Saviour, He promised to give us eternal life in heaven. Titus 1:2 says, “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began.”

 

God knows the situation of this world. He knows that it is full of evil. So often, because we see the wicked prosper, we forget God. God knows that the wicked will be punished in God’s proper time. By studying the Bible, we can know God. We can know how He will punish the evildoer in the future. And, because we have Christ in our hearts we can overcome the Devil and the world. So, we need to trust in God and not worry. He will bless us when we trust in Him.

 

May God bless all of you.

Alan



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Since the days of Cain and Abel there have been righteous and unrighteous men on the face of this earth. Like Abel, we need to do right in spite of the evil in this life.

"Holy, Holy, Holy," in a good hymn that we need to remember in our hearts.

May God bless all of you in your daily walk with the Lord Jesus.

Alan

 

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Brethren,

"Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass." Psalm 37:4 & 5

As we trust in the Lord, delight ourselves in Him, commit our ways of life, our way of living, ourselves to the Lord; the Lord can mold us, change us, and restore us to a thing of usefulness. The Lord can change the evil desires of our hearts for good; and then bring to pass those good desires of our heart.

My friend, brother Stafford, "Faithfully Restored," made another video on the restoration of a 1940's Lowboy Chest. The video gives a graphic illustration of how God, the master craftsman, can restore a person from a life of decay and mis-use, to a life of usefulness, purpose, and beauty. The video is a blessing to my heart and I hope to your heart as well. I do want to thank brother Stafford for sending me the video for my devotion.

Here is the link to brother Stafford's website for videos on his furniture restoration with biblical applications.

  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV5HTN_favhjRSX5Ttxm77w/videos

May the Lord bless all of you.

Alan

 

 

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Psalms is a great book, which covers a variety of subjects. If I remember right, it is the most read book of the bible (?) or atleast devotionally. But then again I think "modern Christianity" mostly reads the bible only devotionally (as opposed to doctrinally or instructionally). Meaning many professing Christians don't really read the bible, but they will read Psalms as a "devotion". But David wrote most of the psalms and he was a "man of war". And many Christians don't realize they are in a war, and they lack the doctrine and instruction to fight in this war.

Many Christians (whether if they are truly saved or not) don't know their weapon very well (the bible, sword of the Spirit). It's like they are hiding in the trenches and and don't know how to reload their rifle, so they read the "instruction manual" as a devotion! And then only a few Christian soldiers are out on the front lines fighting in the war, and doing all the work. But just as soldiers receive badges, Christians receive crowns. I've heard a good sermon illustration about war and the Christian life. And its true, i can it see for myself as i compare it and as i continue in my walk, im gonna see some battle scars and brethren that have died in this war.

Still i myself need to stay challenged to stay in the fight as it gets discouraging. There will be rest soon, until then i shall keep my "feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;" as people are still breathing and need to hear the gospel and be saved. Even the lost sinners play a part in this war and don't even know it... Their way of surviving is just pain selfish. No one can save themselves, and there's no life outside of Jesus Christ.

Ecclesiastes 8:8 There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.

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Jake,

I appreciate your comments. It is a challenge to stay encouraged at times.

It is my hope that these devotions will be a blessing to you and your walk with the Lord.

Alan

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On 5/21/2017 at 4:48 PM, Alan said:

Brethren,

"Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass." Psalm 37:4 & 5

As we trust in the Lord, delight ourselves in Him, commit our ways of life, our way of living, ourselves to the Lord; the Lord can mold us, change us, and restore us to a thing of usefulness. The Lord can change the evil desires of our hearts for good; and then bring to pass those good desires of our heart.

My friend, brother Stafford, "Faithfully Restored," made another video on the restoration of a 1940's Lowboy Chest. The video gives a graphic illustration of how God, the master craftsman, can restore a person from a life of decay and mis-use, to a life of usefulness, purpose, and beauty. The video is a blessing to my heart and I hope to your heart as well. I do want to thank brother Stafford for sending me the video for my devotion.

Here is the link to brother Stafford's website for videos on his furniture restoration with biblical applications.

  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV5HTN_favhjRSX5Ttxm77w/videos

May the Lord bless all of you.

Alan

 

 

The amount of times that Psalm 37:4 & 5 have been taken out of context by well-meaning bible teachers is astounding -- especially by the WOF prosperity teachers. It's not that God will give us a private jet with our own airport, or having figurines of biblical figures that cost more than some people's homes; it is all about receiving the good gifts that comes down from the Father of Lights (Jas.1:17). If we delight ourselves in the LORD, then naturally our "desires" will be in accordance with God's will (cf.Matt. 7:10); gifts such as the means to start a ministry, or our desire to bring the lost to Christ so that He may be glorified through us. God is not a "genie" . . . and I am grieved that the reason why so many people become "Christians" is, "what can God do for me? rather than what can I do for God as a living sacrifice?"

God Bless!

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Dan, I appreciate your thoughts. All of the good things that come in our life are from God in heaven; James 1:17

God is our heavenly Father who desires to bless His children. Matthew 7:11,  says, "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?" The Sermon on the Mount story of the father in Matthew 7:9-11 who gave his son his desires is a testimony of the goodness of God to His children who ask Him for the desires of their heart as according to His will.

Thanks!

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