January 26, 2023

Psalm 37:3

Written by:
Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy

READ:

Psalm 37:3

Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.


EXHORTATION:

Genuine piety is enthusiastically encouraged here. The counsel given in Psalm 37 is an excellent antidote to dull, bogus piety that characterises a large number of professing Christians of our time. True piety is not cold and impassive. It is vibrant in its operation and cheerfully optimistic.

A man of genuine piety, first of all, is one who trusts the LORD. With unwavering faith, he relies on the LORD. His heart is wholly fixed upon the LORD. In the midst of adversity, hostility and calamity, he trusts in the LORD that He “is able to do exceeding abundantly” (Ephesians 3:20). His mind clings on to the LORD, and refuses to give up his faith in Him.

In times of adversity, he confides in God by prayer all his problems. In the face of hostility, he calls on God to protect and guide him forward. Amidst calamity, he waits patiently for God to help and deliver him. He does not allow anxiety and fear to overcome his soul. He has “nerves of steel”, as it were, in times of perplexing situations because he believes that his blessed LORD is in control of his situations and that He will work out all things for good (cf. Romans 8:28).

Furthermore, his steadfast faith in the LORD spurs him on to do good. He trusts the LORD for wisdom and strength to carry out all His holy and good pleasure. So, a man of genuine piety will also be a man who is committed to doing good. He delights to stretch his hand to do all things righteous and necessary. He is not like those who avoid divine services and works of benevolence at the slightest of inconvenience or opposition. He made himself available to do all that the Lord lays on his heart with dedication and joy. By faith, he ventures forward and accomplishes what most men would hesitate. Only a man of faith will attempt great things for God. Even adversity will not prevent such a man from attempting to do all that God has called “good works”. We are saved unto good works – “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).

Those who trust in God and do good are God’s delight; He will establish them by providing all things necessary for them to grow further in their operation of faith and service – “so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.”

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Gethsemane Bible-Presbyterian Church adheres to the system of faith commonly known as the “Reformed Faith” as expressed in the Westminster Confession of Faith together with the Larger and Shorter Catechisms.
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