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PSALM 37:3-6

"Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday."

 

Lessons about "Delighting" thyself in the Lord!

 

 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
II Timothy 2:1

 

LESSON 1, TRUST IN THE LORD AND DO GOOD:

The Text is Psalm 37:3-6. It's a beautiful portion of Scripture. Just full of wisdom and practical advice.

"Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday."

What promises!

Let's start with that first clause, short as it is. "Trust in the Lord, and do good." The verb "trust" is critical to an understanding of this sentence. "Batach" in Hebrew, it is translated just like it is here, "trust," in 103 of its 120 Bible occurrences. But it is also rendered as "confidence" or "confident"  6 times, and "secure" a time or two as well.

It may express the idea of "firmness" or "solidity." Having Someone on Whom you can lean, Someone who will never leave you! Who will remain stable, not volatile!

Someone not "shaky" or "wobbly," if you are familiar with those old country words!

"To rely" on the Lord!

"To be confident" that He will never fail!

Plus this, "batach" here is expressed as an imperative. This is a command, not a request! We are being told to do this, to trust in the Lord! Ordered to do so, for our own welfare and blessing!

The action sense of this little verb, in the Hebrew qal stem, is that of on-going present-tense trust!

Trust Him day after day, even hour by hour!

"Lord" technically is God's Name Jehovah. The God Who saved us! The God Who is always there! Or should I say always here?

And then the Psalmist makes another command of us, "do good!"

Again our Text reads, "Trust in the Lord, and do good."

This clause is comprised of only two words in Hebrew, the verb and the object, "good" as a substantive. As a noun.

"Asah tob."

It means, "asah" does, "to make or build or fashion" something. As if this "good" is a skillfully manufactured product, a work of art!

It's also one of those keep-on-doing-it verbs, too!

The kind deed you performed yesterday, in God's Eyes was a piece of spiritual poetry!

A portrait of Jesus in shoe leather, 2010 style!

You are constructing good words, good deeds, random acts of kindness they are sometimes called. But they are anything but random!

They are planned, predetermined by those who trust the Lord!

It's almost as if David, the writer of Psalm 37, is saying that the more we trust the Lord ... the more "doing good" will flow from our lives! The more godly acts and kind words and sweet gestures!

In fact, I am saying there is linkage between the two!

Trust Jesus.

Then, living for Him is easier, including interacting in a godly manner with those around us day after day!

"Trust in the Lord, and do good."

Wow!

If you know someone who has not been "doing much good" lately, that's an almost sure sign that they also have not been trusting the Lord either!

Good words flowing my heart alone, apart from the motivation of the Holy Spirit, may not be worth much.

But when I've been leaning on the Lord, confidently resting in His great stability and faithfulness ... those same good deeds will literally flow!

But this time from the right Source!

Jesus, flowing through us!

What was it Paul loved to say?

"Christ liveth in me!"

Yes, that's it.

The fruit of the indwelling Holy Spirit is just that, "love and joy and peace" and all the rest, supremely good works!"

That's "doing good" for sure!

"Trust in the Lord, and do good."

We're just getting started with our passage, but it's a good start I think.

And the best may be yet to tome.

See you here tomorrow, Lord willing!

                                                                                --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

Just a short postscript.

Our word for "trust," spelled "batach" in Hebrew, at times can mean such a strong reliance, such a fervent confidence, that its owner becomes a little bit too much "at ease!" Maybe, though never with the Lord I would suspect, "overconfident!" Five times I've found a derivative of "batach" translated as "careless" in the King James Bible! For example, "Many days and years shall ye be troubled, ye careless women: for the vintage shall fail, the gathering shall not come." Isaiah 32:10, where the men were probably careless too.

Think of that!

Trusting God so very much that you have lost all care, all worry, all anxiety, completely at rest! To the point of absolute carelessness, knowing God will not let you down!

Now that's "carelessness" in a good way!

Sounds like Jesus' invitation in Matthew 11:29-29. "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." Wow!

That's trust!

Sort of what Paul had in mind too, I believe. "Be careful (worried, anxious, fretful) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God." Philippians 4:6

"Batach" trust!

 

 

LESSON 2, DWELLING IN THE LAND AND BEING WELL FED:

It's called a "cause and effect" sequence.

God says, "If you do this," then, "I will do that."

A fuller example: "If you obey me, says the Lord" ... then "I will do these two or three things for you, as rewards!"

The "cause" is made up our following the Lord's Directions, the "effect" or the "result" is God's honoring our doing so!

The Bible is full of these kinds of events.

Here are a few.

"Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you." James 4:8, do you see it?

This one is more involved, but follows the same pattern. "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6

Today's Text contains one too, a "cause and effect" statement. See if you can discern it. It's pretty obvious.

"Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed." Psalm 37:4

Lean on the Lord, build all kinds of good deeds into your life, and then ... here it comes! Here they come! A couple of tremendous blessings, promises from Almighty God!

"So shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed." Psalm 37:4, that last half of the verse.

First, dwelling in one's land.

The verb is "shakan," of course meaning "to dwell," but in this sense. "To settle down, to abide, to permanently reside." Others textbooks add, "to continue, to remain."

This root word is the basis for that wonderful term "Shekinah Glory!" The Aura of God, His Very manifest Presence that hovered over and remained upon the Ark of the Covenant, the Old Testament Tabernacle.

Wow!

The Lord is suggesting security in our homes and on our land, perhaps even accompanied by His very Essence!

And of course for the Jews, "the land" meant the Holy Land! That's a Bible term. "And the Lord shall inherit Judah his portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again." Zechariah 2:12

But if we trust the Lord and do good ... not only is our land secure, so will our pantries always be full!

Our Verse, Psalm 37:4 again. "Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed."

The adverb "verily" is "emunah," something faithful and sure and stable, absolutely truthful! It's final etymological root is the word "aman!"

God means it!

He will feed us!

But "raah" means more than just food for the stomach! It's the word for what the shepherd does for his sheep!

He "tends them," giving his flock pasture!

To graze them!

It also involves protection and companionship!

Wow!

If we do two things.

God will do two things!

And His Two far outweigh our two!

Talk about exceedingly abundant blessings!

Look at them again. "Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed."

No wonder they call Him the "God of all Grace!" Peter did in his First Epistle, 5:10 to be exact.

Let's "trust" Him all weekend!

And allow the Holy Spirit to produce "good" in our lives.

Then God will open the windows of Heaven and grant us safety in our own land ... plus divine oversight, including food aplenty!

Thank you, Lord.

                                                                                --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 3, DELIGHT THYSELF IN THE LORD:

Countless Christians have memorized it.

Folks who are especially dedicated to our Lord, I imagine.

Psalm 37:4 is its Biblical address. "Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart."

Today we must discuss the first half only. Then tomorrow morning the last part, Lord willing.

"Delight thyself also in the LORD."

The opening verb is critical.

"Delight," which is an imperative here, a strong command, is spelled "anag" in Hebrew, in its simplest expression anyway.

It is formed as a hithpael too, technically just meaning that it's reflexive. The action comes back onto the subject. That's why the translators clarify the intention of the Holy Spirit here by including the word "thyself."

"Delight thyself."

Looks like this. If we delight in the Lord, ultimately that delight falls back down on us as well!

The old "what goes around comes around" motif.

Like this verse from 1st Samuel 2:30. God is talking too! "For them that honour Me I will honour."

Wow!

So is it with "delight" too.

Those who delight in the Lord, will themselves be delighted by the Lord!

The "also" is  here not really an adverb, not in Hebrew. It's a conjunction, actually attached to the verb "anag" in the Masoretic Text. "And delight thyself in the Lord." One more thing to do in order to fully obey Psalm 37:3-6. And well worth the effort, abundantly so!

But we must define that verb!

"Delight thyself also in the LORD."

"Anag" has an unusual meaning. "To pamper! To treat delicately! To be happy about! To make merry over!" Even, if you want to take it this far, "to sport with!" As in "enjoying" a person, or "flirting" with someone! I am telling you the truth!

Wow again!

It's almost saying "be in love" with the Lord.

Ironically, "Take good care of Him, too!"

"Dote" over Him.

Never "disappoint" Him.

"Pet" Him, and I mean all this in a reverent way.

Just defining a word!

Let me show you the verb in Scripture, in just a few of its 12 Biblical locations.

Isaiah 55:2, using "anag," says a man can "delight" himself in the finer things of life. "Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness." Where "fatness" means the "overflow, the surplus, the best things available." The sweetest wine and the fullest ears of corn and the most bountiful harvests, things like that!

In other words Psalm 37:4 is saying something like this, treat the Lord as if He is the best of the best! He is the very "fatness" of life! In fact, He is Life!

Then let's look at a verse that is quite typical of "anag" usage in the Old Testament. Jeremiah 6:2 says this. "I have likened the daughter of Zion to a comely and delicate woman." The word "delicate" uses "anag," hinting at Judah's femininity and softness and beauty!

Respect God as a new husband does his pretty bride! With lots of extra care and love and kindness and service!

The "soft" side of God!

Goodness!

Then lastly, if it won't shock you. Isaiah 57:4, which is amazing. "Anag" here is used negatively, I think. But with this same definition it certainly can be used constructively, positively, aesthetically! "Against whom do ye sport yourselves? Against whom make ye a wide mouth, and draw out the tongue? Are ye not children of transgression, a seed of falsehood, enflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree." God is jealous here, and rightly so! His people have been unfaithful to Him, their heavenly husband, and have pursued other lovers, false idols. God really wants Israel to "sport" with him, to love Him, to "anag" Him, to delight in the Almighty!

This "delighting" in God has taken on new character for me this morning, several new shades of meaning!

Also to delight "in" the Lord, in Jehovah God, translates "al," a fundamental preposition. It means "upon, on account of, concerning, by, towards," among other things.

Make the Lord God the terminal focus of your delight!

He is the ultimate and chief Joy of all our existence!

Treat Him first class.

Treat Him as you would a brand new car, a one-of-a-kind model.

Treat Him as if you were in love with Him.

Treat Him as the most precious Thing in your life.

"Delight thyself also in the LORD."

And just how does this Lord respond to such adoration and worship and excessiveness?

Well, that's tomorrow's Lesson really.

But I'll give you one hint.

He likes it, real well!

                                                                           --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

To those who rise to this level.

"Delighting in God," there is one special promise, unlike any other I know in all the Bible!

Again, tomorrow.

 

 

LESSON 4, THE DESIRES OF THINE HEART:

Here's the rest of the verse!

That very well known promise, or maybe challenge, from Psalm 37:4.

It begins, "Delight thyself also in the Lord."

It continues, "And He shall give thee the desires of thine heart."

On the surface anyway, it appears to be one of the most unlimited statements in all the Bible! Perhaps it is.

Even wicked King Herod, not remembered for many outstanding traits at all, knew not to promise more than he could give! He told the daughter of Herodias, his adulterous lover, that he might give away half his kingdom, but certainly not all of it! "And when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and pleased Herod and them that sat with him, the king said unto the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee. And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom." Mark 6:22-23

Unlike Herod, the Lord in today's verse seems to promise more than half! In fact, all of the desires of certain people's hearts!

"And He shall give thee the desires of thine heart."

The verb "give" is "nathan" meaning "to bestow, to grant, to deliver, to entrust, to yield." And grammatically this Promise is a continuing thing! He will keep on and on giving such things!

The noun "desires" is "mishalah," one's "requests, petitions, longings." It's derived from "shaal," the main Hebrew verb for enquiring of the Lord. For "asking" things of Him!

And "heart" is "leb," a little noun meaning that which is deep "inside" a person. Its history suggests more than an organ is meant, more than a pump for one's blood! It includes the mind, with a sprinkling of emotion too.

Nearly "whatever you want" is indicated by the verse!

Wow!

But do keep in mind, and this is vitally important, God does not make this promise to everyone!

Not even to every Christian!

Not to all Preachers even, or deacons or teachers or whomever!

Just to one group of folks!

Again, let's read it, Psalm 37:4 "Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart."

The only people who can even claim these "desires" are those who "delight" in the Lord!

Those who find their relaxation and thrills and enjoyment and value and excitement and love and nearly everything else ... in the dear Lord!

In other words, people who have literally given the Lord all of themselves!

The Lord may nearly be saying, "You gave Me all your desires. You really have made Me your chief Desire. Now I am going to return the gesture. I will give back to you an abundance of your desires!"

But now, look!

These desires will be sanctified ones!

The yearnings of a heart who loves the Lord supremely!

No quest for anything sinful will be heard from these dedicated lips!

No worldly demands either!

Probably not much in the line of personal needs as well!

The desires of a heart that really delights in God ... no telling what he or she might want!

More understanding of the Bible?

That lost loved one to be saved?

Or that relative who is cold and indifferent to the Lord, to be reclaimed?

Or an ever closer walk with Jesus?

"Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart."

Go ahead, recipient of this great promise, ask the Lord for $10,000.00. To which said Christian would probably say, "No. That family who just lost their income needs it more. God would be better pleased if the money went over there."

Goodness!

Tell me what a man desires, what he wants most in life, and I can perfectly describe his character.

Our wants define us in many ways.

That's one reason why Jesus could so assuredly preach, "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled." Matthew 5:6, where this person is hungering and thirsting after things which please the Lord, which delight our mighty God!

Furthermore, we do not need to worry about the last half of our Verse. God will take care of that.

We need to concentrate on obeying the first half! That's our part!

"Delight thyself also in the LORD," my job!

"And He shall give thee the desires of thine heart," God's promise. And He will do it, too!

All one's desires, yes!

But they have now been filtered through God's Heart, God's Mind, God's Word ... and thus have been conformed to the desires of Him Who is Perfect.

Wow!

This is just about what Jesus was saying, at least to some degree, when He taught: "If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it." John 14:14

"In My Name," meaning if it delights the precious Son of God!

Lord, teach us to delight in Thee!

                                                                        --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

But do remember this.

As long as you delight in Him, He will be giving you the desires of your heart!

Keep on desiring!

He keeps on giving!

And I've just seen something surprising here in this Text, this very second! Show me where it says I have to "ask" for these desires! "Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart." It is almost as if God is saying, "I know your desires and will give them to you, formal prayer aside!" Of course a man or woman who delights in God this way, probably lives in constant communion with Him all the time anyway! For him or her "to think" something is "to pray" it! That close to God!

Wow!

 

 

LESSON 5, COMMIT THY WAY UNTO THE LORD:

Psalm 37:5 is a classic!

Yet it is not anywhere near as familiar to us as its predecessor, Psalm 37:4. Verses are strange that way. Some get lost in the towering shadows of their neighbors.

"Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass." This is it! And really, the scope of this verse is vast! Remember Psalm 119:96. "Lord, Thy commandment is exceeding broad." Meaning God's Word! Wide open!

We must of course begin with that first verb, "commit." It's a translation of the Hebrew "galal." It means "to roll" something away from yourself, and toward someone else! It's also the first word in the Hebrew Text, in the Verse, giving it great prominence, awesome importance to the meaning that God is here conveying.

It's an imperative verb too. By now we all realize that's a command! We have no choice in the matter. Yet still, God's commands usually carry with them blessings, if obeyed!

Here's "galal" a time or two in Scripture, just to give you a sense of how the Holy Spirit defines it.

Beginning with Psalm 22:8, talking about Jesus! "He trusted on the Lord." If our Saviour "trusted," using "galal," His Father, surely we must too!

Now here's "galal" used differently, Psalm 119:22. "Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept thy testimonies." God, please roll away, "galal," or "remove" the hatred and scorn I'm facing!

Still with the word that translates "galal" underlined, watch this. "And thither were all the flocks gathered: and they rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the sheep, and put the stone again upon the well's mouth in his place." Geneis 29:3

Three "hints" about our verb "commit."

That ought to be sufficient.

Now what do I commit to the Lord?

"Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass."

My "way" is to be given to the Lord, rolled onto Him, rolled off of me, away from me.

The noun "way" is "derek," meaning a "road or path," even a "journey" at times. It's from a root verb, "darak," meaning "to march, to tread, to walk."

Commit all my plans to the Lord, in other words.

All my intentions.

All the paths I hope to take.

Place them in the Lord's Hands!

This so far is sort of a parallel to Proverbs 3:6. "In all thy ways acknowledge Him, the Lord, and He shall direct thy paths."

Yes!

But our Text adds one more command. "Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him." Psalm 37:5, especially now the middle part.

This specific verb "trust" is used 120 times in the Old Testament. It's "batach," and means "to have confidence" in someone. "To feel secure" in him. It can even go so far as to involve some "boldness," one being that confident! Trusting the Lord so much that all care and anxiety and fear and worry completely disappear! "Batach" is actually translated "careless" in the King James Bible, though only once. That much trust, feeling absolutely "safe," another King James rendering.

Wow!

In other words, God can take care of our plans.

Of our future.

Of our hopes and aspirations too.

Roll them over into His Mighty lap!

So trust Him with them, so deeply believing Him,  that you can quit all that "over-thinking," all that  obsessing! All that fretting!

"Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him."

Then what?

Is there more?

Yes, there's an accompanying promise, straight from God, an encouragement to obey these commands.

"Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass." Psalm 37:5

Bring what to pass?

Your plans!

Your hopes!

Your desired future!

"To bring to pass," one word in Hebrew, is the verb "asah." Used 2,633 times in the Bible, we must learn its definiton!

It means "to do, to build, to accomplish, to fashion." Also "to perform, to maintain, to prepare."

Trust your "ways" into God's Hands, He will "build" your plans into something absolutely lovely!

He knows best!

This is nearly compatible with Jeremiah 29:11, I think. "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."

Mercy!

This sure has helped me today!

"Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass." Psalm 37:5

I pray it has encouraged some of you too.

                                                                       --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

By the way.

Psalm 37 reiterates this idea later on in its 23rd verse. "The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way."

You see the similarity, don't you, to today's Text?

"Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass."

Amen!

 

 

LESSON 6, THY RIGHTEOUSNESS AS THE LIGHT:

Psalm 37:6 is a little harder to understand than the two or three verses preceding it. At least I think so.

"And He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday."

The "He" of our verse is of course the Lord.

It sounds so strange to speak of someone's "righteousness," no doubt a few of the Jewish people being indicated here.

After all, man has no righteousness of his own!

According to Isaiah anyway. "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." Isaiah 64:6

Paul adds, in Romans 3:10, "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one."

Then when David says that the Lord will "bring forth thy righteousness," where in the world does that righteousness originate?

Here's the answer. It must somehow be the Lord's righteousness!

Since He is the only truly Righteous One ever!

God's righteousness, loaned to man!

Placed on man's account!

Imputed, Paul would have said.

This happens when a man or woman gets saved, by the way!

Some will accuse me of reading a New Testament word back into an Old Testament context here, but still, there's no other way to interpret this!

This man is saved!

Born again!

That's the only way he can have any true righteousness at all.

Second Corinthians 5:21 may help here. "For God hath made him, Jesus, to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him."

God's righteousness!

In us!

That noun, "righteousness," nearly defines itself! It is God's "rightness," His inability to ever do anything wrong!

It is His spotlessness!

His total absence of sin!

The Hebrew noun is spelled "tzsedeq," meaning "that which is just, that which is correct."

God is always right!

Going further now, into our Verse.

What does that verb mean, "to bring forth?"

"And He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light." This is David promising us what God will do! To certain men and women. Those who meet the high standards of Psalm 37:3-5.

"Yatzsa" means "to lead out." To proceed. "To deliver" something! God will keep on doing this too, perennially, if we do those things He has mentioned, the things we've studied in the earlier Lessons of this Bible Study Series.

If we will ...

"Trust in the Lord, and do good." Psalm 37:3

And if we will ...

"Delight thyself also in the Lord." Psalm 37:4

And also ...

"Commit thy way unto the Lord." Psalm 37:5

God will prove to the whole world that we are not hypocrites! "And He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light."

God will demonstrate to everyone that we are "for real," genuine Believers! "And He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light."

God will validate our sincerity! "And He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light."

The idea of "light" here is "brightness, clarity," like the "sunshine."

No doubt is involved!

It is so encouraging in this day of dubious faith and half-hearted Christianity that God can, when He so chooses, certify those who really belong to him!

"The Lord knoweth them that are His." 2nd Timothy 2:19

And here in our Text today God has put them on "display!"

This is just a head start on Ephesians 2:7. "That in the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus."

The verb "show" here is "endeiknumi," meaning "to expose, to advertise, to put on display," all in a good way of course.

That's what our verse today has said as well, at least in some sense.

"And He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light."

Thank you, Lord.

Even though we don't deserve it.

                                                                           --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 7, THY JUDGMENT AS THE NOONDAY SUN:

I've called this Paragraph, Psalm 37:3-6, a "cause and effect" sequence.

In such a situation the following happens. God says, "If you will do this __________," and He then gives us an assignment, a command really.

"If you do it, I will do that _______________." The "that" being some special blessing or benefit of some kind, simply because God's conditions were met!

"If you do this, God will do that!"

That's a summary of our Text this week.

Here it is word for word from the Bible. "Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday."

Embedded in these words are all the elements of the "cause and effect" situation I've described.

Here's our part.

Trust in the Lord.

Do good. By the way we can't really "do good" until we have properly "trusted" in the Lord anyway!

Delight in the Lord! We had a whole lesson on that verb, amazing!

Also, Commit thy way unto the Lord.

Now here's what God will do in return, His Promise to us!

He will give us land, a secure home place.

He will feed us. The word means "be our Shepherd!"

He will give us the desires of our heart.  That sure deserves a Wow!

He will bring to pass our plans, when they please Him, delight Him!

He will show to those around us that we are real, sincere, genuine Believers. Displaying "our" righteousness, the Scripture says! Which is really nothing but His Righteousness given to us!

Then lastly, today, He will bring forth our judgment as the noonday.

But what does that mean?

"And He shall bring forth ... thy judgment as the noonday."

Read the verb "bring forth" as "put on public display!" Take it out of the closet. Let others see it! The grammar books say this is always done, this "bringing forth," for a purpose. God has a reason for doing this. God has a reason for everything! What could that reason be? I think this. "That they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matthew 5:16

"And He shall bring forth ... thy judgment as the noonday." For God's Glory! For His Praise! To His Honor!

The noun "judgment" translates "mishpat," a word from the courtroom. It here means the right verdict, the right decision, the right outcome, in a trial.

Get it?

God will make things turn out right for us, if we meet His conditions in those previous verses. The ones I listed just a minute ago.

He can see to it that we are treated fairly!

He can keep us from abuse.

From being defrauded.

From being the subject of malicious slander or hurtful lies!

The "noonday" idea is that "no doubt" will be associated with the results God brings.  "Tzsohar" originally means "to shine, to glisten." Like the sun at its very brightest!

Clearly this man or this lady, who so loves God, who so delights in her Heavenly Father, can expect these good allotments in life!

"And He shall bring forth ... thy judgment as the noonday."

This is one of the few times in all the Bible that I am aware of God promising such a thing!

A satisfactory judgment in all the "ins and outs" of life!

A good resolution to that pending problem!

In fact, usually we Christiana hear this. "Our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears." These words, surprisingly, are from Paul the Apostle in 2nd Corinthians 7:7.

And surely we must prepare for hard times like Paul faced.

But still, Psalm 37:3-6 is in the Book, the Bible!

And God can "Bring forth our judgment as the noonday!"

He can make everything "turn out" all right!

And if not?

If cancer comes?

Or financial loss?

Or unexpected tragedy?

Well, still for the saint of God, all will be well!

Heaven awaits!

                                                                        --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

Now if you can ...

Look back over the Text, all four verses.

"Plug in" the definitions you remember and the meanings you have gleaned. See what God says to you then!

"Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday."

Praise the dear Lord!

It sure looks like He is doing a lot more for us that we did for Him! Do you agree?

 

Cause and effect! Thank God for the whole idea. And the Almighty God Who can make it happen!

 

 

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