I like to bring to us the instructions of the Lord from Psalm 37:1-9, 11. Nothing is more instructive than the word of God and if we commit ourselves to living according to these words, we will be better for it.

1. “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.”
This is simply saying don’t throw yourself into worrying because of the seeming successes of evil doers. Don’t become anxious or consumed with their lifestyle. A lot of time, we make plans in life and run a race not allotted to us because of the so-called prosperous life of a sinner or evil person, comparing ourselves with them, and in turn blaming God for our perceived failure. Fret not [2] “For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.” They will soon fade away without trace to their prior existence.

Now, this is what you shouold rather do.

[3] “Trust in the Lord , and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.” Keep trusting in God and set your heart to do that which is good. Don’t lose trust in God. Don’t put your trust in things that will perish, not even human being. Therefore if you trust in God and do good, you will dwell safely in your own land and the Lord will feed you.

[4] “Delight thyself also in the Lord ; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Take pleasure in the Lord. Be delighted with being a child of God. Always make yourself glad in God. There is no joy outside of God. Rejoice in the Lord always. And the Lord will grant you the desires of your heart.

[5] “Commit thy way unto the Lord ; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” In all we do, God needs to be the first in all. We need to commit our ways unto God always and must not adjudge ourselves to be sufficient in ourself. Never assume in life that you can do it all alone, but always let the Lord know all you desire to do. If you do, He will give you great success in it.

[6] And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. When we have committed our ways to the Lord and have fully trusted in Him (v5), He not only will bless us, but will also show our lives as examples – as uncompromising, yet, truly succesful believers… He’ll shine forth our testimonies to people who prefer to make it at all costs some of who idolize compromisers. Also shall he execute judgement for us by VINDICATING us from every accuse and attack of corrupt men.

[7] “Rest in the Lord , and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.” Rest, be relaxed, be still, in the Lord. In resting, their is no rush. We need to rest and wait patiently for Him. Don’t be in haste for anything. Don’t lose your sleep for anything. Let nothing drive you crazy. Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him.

[8] “Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.” This is one part where we still fail once in a while. We get angry over things that when asked why, we might not have a just reason to. Cease from anger. Avoid getting angry. It throws away from the presence of God. It is a tactics of the devil to destabilise our fellowship with the Lord and with our brethren. Forsake wrath. Don’t let this get at you easily.

[9] For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord , they shall inherit the earth.

[11] “But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” Like Christ instructed us to learn, learn to be meek and lowly, only then can we find rest. Jesus also reminded us in Matthew 5 that “the meek shall inherit the earth.” That means they will dwell in absolute peace. They will dwell in abundance of peace.

If you notice, every instruction comes with a promise. It means when you fulfil one, you will enjoy the benefits attached. Care to obey these instructions? The Lord will empower you. Grace will strengthen you. God bless you.

Oliyide Ayotunde

Note: Verse six (6) was contributed by Johnson Ibidapo.

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