Tuesday, September 15, 2015


From Psalm 37...
"Fret not thyself because of evildoers," Vs. 1a
"Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed." Vs. 3
"Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart." Vs. 4
"Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass." Vs. 5
"Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him:" Vs. 7a

I found it really interesting to see the verbs at the beginning of each command. FRET NOT, TRUST, DELIGHT, COMMIT, REST, and WAIT PATIENTLY. Each verb is different, and we all experience each verb differently in regards to our strengths and weaknesses. Some people are laid back and don't really bother fretting about anything. They just roll with the punches and play it cool. But that same Cool as a Cucumber Character just might have a hard time with committing everything to God because Mr. Cool Cucumber thinks he is fulling capable handling things on his own. (Thank you very much.)
Or maybe there's that person that has no problem trusting God with everything, yet they struggle with waiting. Because waiting is hard. Like, really hard. And, by the way, it's not just waiting; it's waiting patiently. (I promise that waiting patiently is not an oxymoron.)

I feel like these verses build off of each other in a straightforward and systematic way. If we were to just stop FRETTING and start TRUSTING, maybe the DELIGHTING would come naturally. And when we delight, we are satisfied and grateful that God is in control, so we COMMIT our plans to Him. When we have put everything in His hands, then we are at REST, no longer frazzled over our frustration. And finally, we WAIT PATIENTLY for Him, because we will live and be fed, He will bring what we have given Him to pass, and He will give us the desires of our heart. (Oh, and by the way, He was saying this all along, while we were going through the process of applying all those bold verbs to our lives.)

Whether you're a cool cucumber, frazzled nut, or impatient waiter, maybe just looking at the big picture would help change your perspective. It's easy to sweat the petty stuff (just don't pet the sweaty stuff), but that's not the best route to take. As my pastor says, "Don't look at what you're going through; look at what you're going to." It's an eternal perspective.

(Or maybe I'm just preaching to myself and thought I would post a random rambling. ;) )


Madi said...

Great perspective, Bethany! Thanks for sharing your random thoughts. ;)

Elanee said...

This was SO encouraging Bethany! I've never seen that in the verbs before. This ties in so well with what we were studying in our Bible study group last night that we need to allow our hearts to not be troubled, and to rest in God, and believe that what He has promised He is able also to perform. Thank you SO much for your encouragement.

Bethany said...

Thank you, Madi and Elanee! I'm glad it encouraged you. :)