Friday, July 1, 2016

Commit Your Way to the Lord

Today we return to Psalm 37 which I believe gives us several instructions that help be at peace with ourselves. Verse 5 says: “Commit your way to the Lord, trust in him and he will do this…”

Before we get to what the Lord will do, we need to first look at the issues of commitment. Couples co-habitating before marriage seem to be the norm. After they are married it is not uncommon to hear one say, “If it doesn’t work out we’ll just get divorced.” It appears marriage is not always viewed as a commitment.

When I entered the workforce in my early 20s, I was grateful to have a job, and I believed I was committed to that job potentially for a lifetime. Today, millennials anticipate they will change jobs every few years. Commitment is redefined to fit society’s changing viewpoints.

When the David wrote Psalm 37, he understood the frivolous nature of people. If you do not commit to the ways of the Lord, one gets onto a slippery pathway of potential discontent because the world keeps changing the rules and definitions of life. Only Scripture remains true to purpose and meaning of life.

Now what will the Lord do if we commit ourselves to the ways of the Lord? Verse 6 gives us the answer. “He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.”

For those unhappy with the worldly path you may be on, consider what comes from commitment to the ways of the Lord. (1) Your prayers will be answered. (2) One’s righteous standard of living will be an encouragement to others. (3) You will enjoy the Lord’s sustaining help and protection. (4) You can look forward with confidence to a heavenly inheritance.

Be encouraged. Commit your ways to the Lord. His definitions are not subject to whims of society. The Godly ways are true and comforting.

May the peace be with you,

Robert Parlante
July 1, 2016

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