Reading over Psalm 37, which has some very familiar verses like “Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart,” I noticed something I had not seen before. Verse 3: Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.”
Let’s back up to the beginning. We are told in verse one “Do not fret…” Though the verse speaks of fretting because of evildoers, I’d like to think that fretting over anything is not helpful. Then in verse 3 we are told to trust in the LORD, and do good. Trusting is only possible if we are not fretting. And if we are trusting, we are set free to do the good things He has prepared for us. Okay. Got it.
1. Don’t fret.
2. Trust in the LORD.
3. Do good.
Now the rest of verse 3: “Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.” Where has He put us? In His land. We are to live in His presence, under His blessing. And eat. We receive what He gives us, which is His faithfulness. We are to feed on it. We live in His pasture, feeding on His faithfulness. Trusting Him. Feeding on His faithfulness means that we are constantly nourished by His incomparable, unfailing, infinite, everlasting faithfulness. He keeps covenant with us; He fulfills His promises; He forgives. So here’s the short form:
5. Dwell in the land
6. Feed on His faithfulness
In this context, we can move on to verse 4. “Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.” If we are dwelling in the land, and feeding on His goodness and faithfulness toward us, we are living in the land of plenty. We enjoy ourselves in Him. We are delighted to be “sheep of His pasture”; we are pleased to be His people. Our hearts’ desires will be found in Him. He will give us all those things we long for most.
7. Delight in the LORD
8. And He shall give…
Verse 5 tells us to “Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him,And He shall bring it to pass.” And we end up at the beginning. Rather than fretting, we commit our way to the Lord. We trust Him. We feed on His faithfulness. And He brings it to pass.
9. Commit your way to the Lord.
10. Trust also in Him.
11. He shall bring it to pass.