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Rest In The LORD And Wait Patiently

October 28, 2011

Rest In The LORD  And Wait Patiently

King David led a lifetime full  of all sorts of battles  besides having faced Goliath.     He not only fought enemy neighboring countries,  but he dealt  with King Saul  trying to kill him  and his own son Absalom  trying to take over the kingdom by force.     There was one conflict  after another,  without end.     Sound familiar?

Facing such odds  might be a bit discouraging,  but David remained strong,  always  praising  and giving thanks.     David shows his faith  in the LORD  through  the many Psalms  he wrote  as he worshipfully extolled  God’s faithful help.     Psalm 37:7-9  summarizes  only one aspect of David’s trust:

Rest in the LORD  and wait patiently for Him;
Fret not yourself  because of him who prospers  in his way,
Because of the man  who carries out wicked schemes.
Cease from anger,  and forsake wrath;
Fret not yourself,  it leads only to evildoing.
For evildoers  will be cut off,
But those  who wait  for the LORD,  they will inherit the land.

How could David rest  and fret not?     How can we stop anger  over wickedness?     By realizing  the LORD  takes care  of all those  who take delight  in His love and salvation.    (Psalm 37:4)

The wicked never give themselves a chance  to learn  to trust God  because  they are so busy  pridefully doing things their way,  doing evil  and reaping consequences.     Then  they despise and blame God  for their troubles,  creating  a never-ending circle  of sinning and blaming God.     They refuse to accept responsibility  for their actions,  growing  in bitterness  and intentions  of  “getting even”.     There is no godly repentance  in their hearts.

If we find ourselves  learning to lean  more and more  on the LORD’s ways  and waiting patiently  for God  to lead our way,  it is not because  we’re getting older,  but that we are growing in the grace of God.     There are many old people  who die,  never having acknowledged God’s grace  and care for us.

We rest  in the LORD  and wait patiently  for Him,  simply because  we know the LORD’s  faithfulness.     From reading the Bible,  we’ve learned  about the multitudinous times  God has saved  His children  at just the right moment.     Thinking about our personal past,  we acknowledge  how God has saved us time and again  from terrifying situations — and even less-than-terrifying situations.     Praise God  for His saving love  in everyday situations,  as David did.

God deserves our honor,  praise  and worship  every time He has saved us  in our daily confrontations.     That is how  we delight  in our LORD  as David sings  in Psalm 37:4,

Delight yourself  in the LORD;
And He will give you  the desires  of your heart.

When God’s children face challenges,  they commit their whole being  to the LORD,  trusting that their heavenly Father  will care for those  who love Him.     God’s children know  for sure  that whatever the LORD  chooses to do  for that situation  is right and good  in the end.     It’s  the eternal truth of Romans 8:238,

And we know  that God causes all things  to work together  for good  to those  who love God,  to those  who are called according  to His purpose.

This agrees  with David in Psalm 37:17-18,

But the LORD sustains  the righteous.
The LORD  knows  the days  of the blameless;
And their inheritance  will be forever.

Note  in all this  that the righteous  do suffer many trials,  but in the end  our inheritance  will be with  our LORD  in heaven.

Resting  in the LORD  is not lazily sitting back  and doing nothing.     It is actively  living in love  the way God wants us  to live,  obeying all our Lord’s precepts  because  they are so beautiful  and right in every aspect.     When we are honestly living  as God’s children,  we can comfortably  be assured  that God will work all things  for our good.

It simply does not matter  what is happening now.     Knowing God’s righteousness,  we can say with Job,  “Though He slay me;  I will hope in Him.”    (Job 13:15)

Are you finding yourself  more willing  to wait  for the Lord  and not fretting?     Continue delighting  yourself  in the LORD  because  it is good and right  and will bring God’s blessings  in His time.

(Isaiah 30:15)   “In repentance and rest  you shall be saved.     In quietness and trust is your strength.”

When we have the peace  of resting  in our LORD,  we will say,  “Hallelujah!     The LORD  truly does work good for me.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods

Pray for our country

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The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.

Psalm 118:24

The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.

Psalm 18:30

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

Just as a father has compassion on his children,

So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

O give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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