Words from the Heart for Friday May 5th, 2017
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.
Psalm 37:5 (NRSV)
Commit Your Way to the Lord
We have reached another verse that has been memorized by so many through the years. This verse has proven true. The Lord responds to us when we commit our way to Him. Share this with someone else today.
The ongoing conflict in Syria has arguably become the worst humanitarian crisis in the history of the world. The United Nations reported recently that 13.5 million people in Syria need urgent help, including a staggering 6.5 million who are internally displaced, meaning they have had to flee their homes but still find themselves in the war torn country. Some 4.6 million Syrians have fled the country, finding refuge in nearby countries, as well as Europe. A quarter of a million Syrians have been killed so far with hundreds of thousands more injured. According to the Canadian government website, Canada has given generously to the various international efforts to support the Syrian people. As of mid-March, Canada has committed almost 1 billion in humanitarian, development and security assistance in response to the Syria crisis.
Everyone is committed to something. Actually, most people are committed to a number of things. Married people are committed to their spouse, parents are committed to their children, athletes are committed to their team, and employees are committed to their work. And commitment always has its benefits. For example, commitment to a marriage leads to a peaceful home and personal satisfaction. In Psalm 37:5 David writes “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.” There is no more satisfying commitment than to follow the Lord God of the universe. The blessings of doing so are eternal. When we put our trust in Jesus Christ, we become the sons and daughters of the living God. He pours out His blessings on and gives us every good and perfect gift. David gives some good advice about committing our way to the Lord – it comes by trust. As in any committed relationship, trust is vital. This is certainly the case in our relationship with Christ. There is no one more trustworthy than He. He will never let us down. His nature is faithfulness. So when we commit ourselves to the Lord we can trust that every promise He makes will be kept. And there is a wonderful promise here. When we commit ourselves to Him and trust in Him, He will act. On our behalf. And when He does, we will experience His good and perfect gifts.
These have been words from the heart.