Psalm 37: 3, 9-11—
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness For evildoers shall be cut off; But those who wait on the LORD, They shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while and the wicked Shall be no more;…But the meek shall inherit the earth, And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
Right now, oil supply is one of the biggest worries in our society. As the prices at the pump continue to climb, so do our concerns about how we will continue to fuel our lifestyles, which have become completely dependent on this “liquid gold.”
Our anxiety stems from what we have been told about oil…mainly, that it is in limited supply. Along with that belief is our inherent dependency on OPEC. You know, the one’s who make the rules because they hold the “gold” as the old adage goes. Well, as we wring our hands, God in His own merciful and compassionate way, may be trying to send us a reassuring reminder that “The earth is the LORD’S, and all its fullness” (Ps. 24:1).
Science magazine, a prestigious scientific publication, recently published a study citing evidence that oil may be continually being manufactured beneath earth’s crust. In contrast to oil produced by a limited amount of organic matter (fossil fuel), the oil found flowing through vents on the floor of the northern Atlantic Ocean, is being produced from minerals, which are in abundant supply. We do indeed, need to be reminded that he tells us to “dwell in the land and feed on His faithfulness” (Ps. 37:3). That means He will continually provide all that we need…and we need oil! Maybe we have enough of it, it is just in the wrong hands…for now.
Anxiety and aspirin fill our stress-controlled lives. Psalm 37 tells us to relax! God is in charge. We are commanded to fret not but, to trust the Lord, delight in Him, and commit ourselves to him. How simple. Our worry and anxiety should vanish. Unfortunately, worry kills more people than hard work.
Worry is interest paid on trouble before it happens. Sometimes we worry about injustices over which we have no control. David tells us not to fret and not to be envious of the workers of iniquity (v.1). We get aggravated when evil people seem to prosper. We may even become angry with drug pushers, crooked politicians, and the powerful, who laugh at the law—while we get parking tickets. God says that when we see the wicked prosper, we should pity them. They are like grass and will be cut down (v.2). Why worry about the ungodly who have no future? We must remember that the meek will inherit the earth (v.11; Matt 5:5).
Trust in the Lord
“Trust in the LORD” (v. 3) is the next instruction. Things we trust will be tested severely. We trust in wealth, and then a recession comes. We trust in friends, and then they become as Judas. We trust in our health, and then our doctor says “cancer.” Things and circumstances change, but God never changes.
Delight in the Lord
Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart (v.4).
To delight means to encourage ourselves in the Lord. David found encouragement by reviewing the victories God had given him. That’s what we need to do. Remember a time when God gave us a miracle, then praise Him for that and ask Him to do it again.
When God sees us giving praise at a dark moment. He says to the angels, “Look at that one. She’s praising Me even though her doctor told her about the cancer. That man just lost his job, and yet he is praising Me. Hurry, angels, take healing and comfort to those and pour out blessings they cannot contain.”
Commit Your Way to God
The final step is to:
Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass (v.5)
If we are carrying a heavy burden, it is because we have not asked God to lighten the lead. Sometimes we count blessings. What we need to do is count our burdens, take them to the Lord, and leave them there.
(Prophecy Study Bible, Diamonds for Daily Living, p. 616)