Today’s Scripture: 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. Psalm 37:3-5

We often read Psalm 37:3-5, and think it means one thing when, in fact, it means something else entirely. We read these verses and think that somehow God will reward us with the things we want if we choose to live for Him. However, the truth is that these verses tell us that by obeying God we will see Him do His will with our lives.

If we delight ourselves in the Lord, our desires will be focused on the things of God. His desires will become ours. There is no bending of God’s will to our whims; there is no ground in the middle for compromise. Instead, our wills are bent to fit His perfect will. God is omniscient – He knows everything. Because God is good, following His will will present the greatest good for us. If He compromised to give what we desire, it would be to our detriment since we are fallible, and He is not.

Our desires are often based on selfish motives or are focused on things that have no eternal impact. However, if we have desires for the things of God, God will give them to us. God promises to hear our prayers when they are according to His will. “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us.” (1 John 5:14)

Verse 5 tells us both to commit and trust. First, we must “commit our way unto the LORD.” Commit means to “entrust or consign”. The word translated commit, “galal”, in this verse is most commonly translated “roll” or “roll away” in Scripture. In other words, we are told to “roll away your way unto the LORD.” We are to push our will away and push it to God. Then once He has it, we are told to trust Him. Once we have given Him our will, it’s His. Any desires, plans, or intentions that we once had must be forsaken in order to allow Him to push our lives where He wants. Sometimes, we may not like where He is pushing or how hard the terrain is, but we need to trust Him.

When we do, God promises to bring “It” to pass. Is “It” an easy life without pains or trouble? No. Is “It” a life that promises wealth or prestige? No. Is “It” a life where God promises to rescue us from all of our trials? No. Instead, “It” is a life with at least as much pain and trouble, a life that Jesus promised that all who live godly will suffer persecution, and a life where God promises His grace is sufficient. “It” is not an easy life, but a life with God’s blessing, a life with true joy and happiness; and “It” is the best life we can have.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder