How To Forsake Fretting

Trust . . . Delight . . . Commit . . . Be Still . . . (Psalm 37:3, 4, 5, 7)

Psalm 37 is filled with words of inspired instruction, teaching us how we can rise above our natural tendency to fret.

There are many ways to define the word fret: to worry; to eat away at; to gnaw at. Fretfulness is something that plagues every one of us from time to time, and the results can be devastating in the life of the Christian believer — emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Fretting starts as an infection and winds up a disease if we do not heed the exhortation set before us in Psalm 37.

The first command is to trust. To trust is to simply place your problem in the hands of your Savior. Give it all over to your Lord . . . all of it — your problems, your worries, your sorrows, and your fears. You might well express this trust with a prayer which leads you to cast your cares upon the Lord because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).

The second inspired instruction is to delight. To delight is to enjoy the Lord — not because of what He has done for you, but simply because He is God. True delight is to focus on the Giver of every good and perfect gift, not the gift itself. Gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and delight in Him!

The third instruction is to commit. To commit to the Lord is to be “all in” with God in every aspect of your life. Do not withhold anything from Him as you surrender yourself to His wisdom, will, and way. We know that God holds our very breath in His hand and owns all our ways (Daniel 5:18 NKJV). Why would we not willingly and delightedly commit all that we have and all that we are to Him?

Finally, the fourth instruction is to be still. To be still is to center your heart on home. By home I mean the eternal dwelling that God has prepared for you in the light of His presence and His love — and remember who is in charge of everything. God is on the throne of your life every moment of every day. He is in complete control of the entire universe, and that includes whatever it is you are currently experiencing.

Many have been blessed over the years by following these inspired instructions. What about you? Are you ready to forsake fretting? Regardless of what it is you are facing, are you ready to trust, delight, commit, and be still, knowing that He is not just God, but your God? He has promised to bring you safely through any storm you are facing . . . now or in the future.

This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!

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