Christian Living No 1 from Psalm 37


 “A Psalm of David. Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.  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.  (37:1-5)

Consider with the heart that mountain top assurance of  wants or “desires” of the human heart, starts with the discords of fret, evildoers, envy, and workers of iniquity.  That was the world in which David lived, and that is the world in which we live today.  The message and messages of the Bible, if really from the Bible, do not cater to your imaginations that the world is with you, and that the world will bless you.
The Bible here in Psalm 37 and in the rest of the Bible recognizes that there are evildoers and workers of iniquity all around you—in fact, in the majority.  How true is the classical song of Christian worship, “this world is not my friend to lead me on to God; sure, we must fight if we are to win, increase my courage Lord”.  David, called a friend of God by God Himself, painted the darkness of the real world in which the godly life as a necessary back ground for the excitements of having “the desires of
thine heart”.
Wish we could tell you, as the most famous popular preachers do now and all the false prophets of Jeremiah, that as a Christian you are immune to fretting, evildoers, envy, and the workers of iniquity; however it is not so.  The price of joing the human race and all its blessings provided by God is pain, suffering, and sorrow, and the price of accepting the way of being a Christian is a CROSS.  As William Penn, the
Quaker, expressed long ago, “No cross, no crown.”  If God had intended for your life to be one of all ease and comfort, He would have taken you to heaven before you reached the age of accountability, which out of His mercy and grace He does for some when He recognizes that is the only way of escape that they might be able to bear it.

Have you ever noticed that with every calamity like a hurricane, typhoon, and any destructive work of nature that there are many significant acts of grace where those like little babies are saved?  Now that is the dark background of the realities of the world in which we live; but accepting this as a necessary challenge of life, we have sufficient background to seek for how and what are the desires or wants of our heart {generally considered happiness}, that we can expect to receive from our Maker.  David received them in His life, and we can expect to receive them also if we understand what they are and how we can meet the requirements.  Popular preachers today would spoon feed you
on the how of  receiving those dreams of your heart, and above all they will sugar coat both the cross and how to get your wants.
You know the words, they just have not sunk into the heart of the average Christian that is faked out by popular preachers of ease, comfort, and things:

“Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine
heart.”  (Psalm 37:4)

1. “Delight in the LORD” God is the necessary prerequisite of the satisfaction of your happiness.  This alone requires work, but it is pleasant work, sort of like Jesus taught, “Come unto me all you that are heavy laden {by that dark background
of the realities of the world}, take my yoke and learn of Me for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  (Matthew 11:28-30)
 Satan’s trick is to present with temporal and easy substitutes of delighting in God, and the popular preachers are subtle in providing these worldly minded Christians with short and quick substitutes at 1 hour of church attendance, which break down during the rest of the week when confronted with the darkness of the world.
2. Wait a minute, it is necessary as David did to lighten the darkness of the background by the believer taking the long look of the temporal versus eternity.  These words are not mentioned in the verse before “delight in the LORD”, but the encouraging thought is; and that thought is, that the darkness of fretting, evildoers, envy, and workers of iniquity will only last for a little while, and “then comes the morning”.

“ For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green
herb.”  (37:2)

3. And after that in the third verse, you have to get your head screwed on right with a message the popular preachers will seldom share with you in entirety:

“ Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily
thou shalt be fed.”  (37:3)  

Give them the right message:  (a) they will be feed, “having food and raiment”, not have a oil well or gold mine in every back yard in the sweet bye and bye; (b) you will a measure of security in your land and home’ (c) however once again you must meet the prerequisites of doing good and trusting in the LORD.
4. You want the desires of your heart to come to pass, THEN–

“Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to
pass.  (37:1-5) Christian View of Life and Living series with 2013 Additions_001passionate Christian living

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