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Posted 5/23/19

Delight vs. fretting

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Delight vs. fretting

In Psalm 37, we receive wise instructions – some do nots and some do’s: Fret not; be not envious; trust, do good, delight thyself in the Lord, commit thy way unto the Lord, rest, wait, cease from anger and forsake wrath – a list of 10 rules to live by. No less than three times in eight verses, we are told to “fret not.”

A Christian should be recognized because of his joy in the Lord. In the Psalms, we are often told to rejoice, praise God, make a joyful noise. But that’s hard to do if the joy is not in the soul or it has been stolen away with the cares of this life. But we can choose to delight instead of fret.

Why? because fretting shows a lack of trusting in God. And not to trust Him is not to please Him. The right way to go is to trust, delight thyself, commit thy way unto the Lord, again, trust; don’t get impatient, cease from anger and forsake wrath.

James says in chapter 1:20, “For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” So nothing is accomplished with wrath.

Getting mad at someone for what they do does not change that person and does not change the situation. That is not God’s way.

The Psalmist in chapter 73 faced this dilemma. He makes these statements: “God is good.” “I’m slipping.” “The wicked prosper” and, “This knowledge hurts.” What was he doing? Fretting.

Now when a man is in trouble, he is in no condition to think clearly. While he’s fretting, he cannot think on good things – he has the wrong perspective. All the writer could see was that the wicked were prospering and he was having it rough. And he was the one who was “trying to do right.”

It wasn’t until he went into the sanctuary – resort of meditation, praise, prayer, Scripture and fellowship – that he could understand what trusting God meant. In the presence of God, everything came clear.

By delighting himself in the Lord and focusing on Jesus, everything else fell into place. His priorities were rearranged. He was amazed how different everything was.

How good it feels to surrender everything to God. Trust Him and get on with the business of living in such a way that your life will be a testimony to your faith to Him, no matter in what circumstances you find yourself. Choose to delight and not to fret.

Proverbs 3:5 (KJV) “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”


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