The Cart Before the Horse?

giftWe all long for peace, peace in our lives, our work, and our relationships. Yet, the way we pursue this, by default, is self-assertion, self-promotion, and self-advancement. At best we create a controlled peace, dependent upon our power, the power of self. Without knowing it, the peace we seek is diluted into something else.

It is counter-intuitive to follow the call of Psalm 37, to first trust in God, to delight in Him, to commit our self to Him, and then wait on Him. Verse 4 says it all, “Delight in the Lord, and He will give you the delights of your heart,” peace. Our default is reliance on self, not God, so, this is challenging, but look at the promised results, safety, prosperity, fulfillment, and help. This sounds like the undiluted peace we desire.

As you start this week, consider the desires you have for it, your to-do list, who you would like to connect with, and what you desire for your time. Consider the counter-intuitive approach, trusting in God with all those desires, doing good, taking time to delight in God’s character, being still. I am curious how this week could be different when you put the horse in front of the cart. It sounds hopeful.

 

Psalm 37:1-11

Don’t worry about the wicked
or envy those who do wrong.
For like grass, they soon fade away.
Like spring flowers, they soon wither.

Trust in the Lord and do good.
Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you your heart’s desires.

Commit everything you do to the Lord.
Trust him, and he will help you.
He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn,
and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.

Be still in the presence of the Lord,
and wait patiently for him to act.
Don’t worry about evil people who prosper
or fret about their wicked schemes.

Stop being angry!
Turn from your rage!
Do not lose your temper—
it only leads to harm.
For the wicked will be destroyed,
but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.

10 Soon the wicked will disappear.
Though you look for them, they will be gone.
11 The lowly will possess the land
and will live in peace and prosperity.

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