Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.”
Psalm 37:7a (NLT)
David is communicating to his audience concerning a method of acting in a certain manner to receive provision.
A restlessness of one’s spirit…… opens him up for acting on temptations.
There is a peace of mind, a peace with God and a peace in God through patience
Restlessness causes bad choices and devastating decisions.
Most decisions do not have to be made immediately.
If it is a moral, ethical, or honorable choice……those are made long before the situation surfaces.
However, most decisions such as purchases, relationships, investments, and other family or life resolutions, do not have to be made instantaneously.
Take your time and seek God.
I have found that when a lot of Christians really want something, they will justify it in every way possible to make it sound godly!
When I am asked about certain things and what they should do, I pose this action.
“Take a few days, spend time reading the Bible and praying to God and see what the Holy Spirit says about the decision that you are getting ready to make.”
I have made decisions just like most.
“Well, God really wants me to have this!”
I have made every excuse there is to justify what I am getting ready to do no matter what anyone says.
I have found that the reason most people will make every excuse to justify their actions, including me, is that they don’t want to hear what God’s answer is going to be.
Why do we ask God for His advice, when we are determined
to do what we want anyway?!
God gets a lot of credit sometimes. “Well, God told me to go ahead and do that!”
When the bottom falls out of the decisions, then, we blame the Devil.
God and Satan get a lot of credit on our dumb choices.
The writer in Psalm states,
“Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.”
I know, this is extremely difficult at times, but God’s plan is perfect.
Wait on Him!
He wants you to be blessed, but there are some things that He wants to protect us from!
The Hebrew word for “Be still” means to be silent or to listen to God in silence.
Sometimes, we talk and pray so LOUD that we couldn’t hear God if we wanted to.
“To be silent to Jehovah, is that of waiting in silent patience or confidence
for his interposition; or, in other words, of leaving the whole matter with him
without being anxious as to the result.”
- Barnes Commentary
Why would God do this to me? Why does He wait so long?
Maybe the reason He is waiting, the result will be much better due to the delay!
God's timing is perfect!
Finally, verse 5
“Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.”
Psalm 37:5 (NLT)
“God, it’s tough to be patient sometimes! It does not always seem practical to wait.
However, Your ways are not our ways and Your thoughts are not our thoughts. We see the now, You see the future.
Help us understand and wait on You.
We want the best for us and I know You want the best for us. Thank You for being patient with us. We love You. Amen"