TRUST.... DELIGHT.... COMMIT
3 Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. 4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: 6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. 7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; Psalm 37:3-7
I like it when it rains. I love to hear the wind and the rain falling off the roof or in the backyard. It is one of the top 10 sounds that seems to calm the soul so they say. They have measured the blood pressure of people with high anxiety before and after a light spring rain storm and it is crazy how calming the water can be to one's spirit. There is a connection to us and God through the power of the rain and I feel as though it can lead us into a deeper relationship with God if we are able to step back and TRUST... DELIGHT... and COMMIT! Three words that are in our vocabulary but may not be truly used to their greatest potential in our every day life. They give us the ability to take hold of a moment and let go and watch as we invite God into the moment to reveal something even more amazing than we could have EVER imagined. It is a test of our hearts and the ability that we have to truly accept the fullness of God into every situation.
I remember growing up and hearing the phrase multiple times that life is too short. Today, that phrase has been replaced by YOLO..(You Only Live Once). And as we look into both of those phrases, it truly limits us to step into the fullness of God. It makes us think in such a way that limits us to only being able to live to a time frame, instead of seeing how God is able to move us outside of time. Yes, we are limited by the number of years, months, weeks, days, minutes, and seconds that we will be here on this earth, but once we limit ourselves to time, than we are truly missing the JOY that God has intended for our lives. We cannot live a life thinking that this may be my last second, but instead say thank you God for the
opportunity to have another moment, a chance to live this life. It is in our attitudes that truly sets us up to either embrace the day or protect the day. To embrace the day means that regardless of the situation I am trusting in God to reveal a bigger plan. I am willing to delight in whatever teachable moment God may be trying to reveal and commit to finish out the plan God reveals. To protect the day means that we want to be in control and cannot trust that God has our best intentions at play. We cannot delight in it because we are not in control of it and we definitely cannot commit unless we know what the end is going to look like. See two different types of attitudes to the same situation.
Listening to David's teaching today, we should all not be surprised that David is willing to use such boldness in explaining God's plan for his life. As a shepherd, David was able to help us see the peace that he found from both being a shepherd and God being his shepherd. David knew the sacrifice that shepherds made for the flock and the peace of the fields he was able to take the flock on a cool spring day. He knew that sheep could not understand the danger they were in constantly because of their inability to see it, but they were able to live in peace because of the protection of the shepherd. The same is true in the next part of the scripture. Take delight in the Lord. Realize the power of God's grace that surrounds us each day and allows us to truly live each day to its' fullness. Each day is a blessing and we don't deserve the time we receive, but with the time God grants us, we are able to experience the presence of God in EVERYTHING we see, touch, hear, etc... God continues to give us HIS best. Even when it may seem as though everything is falling apart. Take delight that God continues to show favor on us, especially in the times of uncertainty. God will give us the desires of our hearts to overflowing. It may not be a million dollars or fancy cars, but in the fullness of happiness that surrounds our every day life. But the final word is the toughest one to follow....COMMIT. After we step in and trust God... after we begin to delight in HIS ways, once God has opened the door and shown us the path, we must be willing to COMMIT and follow wholeheartedly. We must be willing to let go of our lives and everything in it for God.
How do we do that Jason? Really how do we begin to change our life patterns to live in what seems to be a nice and easy three way life model? Yes, I would love to Trust, Delight and Commit, but I need more from you than just words. I need action points... I need a way to do this... Well.... you are not going to like my answer. You have to BE STILL. WHAT??!! Yes, you have to BE STILL and WAIT. Waiting has become a pretty foundational theme lately with everything going on in our lives. We have to begin to push out the things that are controlling our lives and begin infusing God back into our lives. I have said it countless times, but sometimes it's not until 100th time that we finally get it. We have to be willing to give over every aspect of our lives to God. HEART... MIND.... SOUL.... STRENGTH. We have to give
over our finances, our families, our jobs, our decisions, our strengths, our weaknesses, our spouses, our pets, our children, our cars, etc.... Do you get it yet. We have to TRUST GOD with EVERYTHING and take our hands OFF the controls. We have to step in and DELIGHT in our current situations and see the Joy that God is truly trying to reveal to us. We must COMMIT to saying to God, OK I will follow your ways, even if it means that I must give EVERYTHING AWAY!!! I will Trust... Delight... and Commit. I will begin by being still and discerning your still small voice in the chaos. Then and only then will my righteousness shine like the dawn and help others to see your GLORY. Three words: TRUST.... DELIGHT.... COMMIT. Easy to say but difficult to truly live out. Take it one step at a time and realize the more we live into these words in our every day lives, the more we will be willing to transfer control from our hands to God's. Are we willing to be available to follow wherever God leads us with a heart trusting God in delight?