** Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. ** Psalm 37:3
Continuing our conversation on trusting the Lord, Psalm 37 gives us a bit more insight.
We are encouraged in this passage to trust in the Lord. To believe that He has everything figured out and that our problems have a solution. The Psalmist reminds us that our job is to trust that the Lord is attentive to our situation and that we need to keep doing good. To keep doing what we know to be right. We are encouraged to do what we know we are supposed to do and allow the Lord to work out the results and the reward.
Trusting the Lord requires us to keep one eye on eternity and one on today. So we can do what’s right, right now, in the middle of trials and victories. Then, while we are waiting for all that He is keeping in our Trust Fund account in Heaven, He also tells us that what we face today is taken care of as well. He will feed us, care for our basic needs both physically and spiritually. Every day.
In this same Psalm 37, David tells us, ** I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. ** Psalm 37:25
The Lord promises to feed us. Psalm 23 also tells us ** Thou preparest a table before me…** If we are lacking food and sustenance, it is not the Lord’s fault. Something else is off balance. Because He always keeps His Word. So if our table is empty, could it be because we are depending on ourselves to provide for our table instead of the Lord’s provision?
As the Lord provides for us materially and economically from day to day, He is teaching us His faithfulness and His Integrity as He keeps his promises to us. What He does for us here, daily, is a glimpse into what our eternal life with Him will be like. If He is able to keep every promise to us here on earth, and do it better than we ever imagined, won’t His fulfilling of our promises for Heaven be beyond our imagination as well?
** The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate. ** Psalm 34:22
The Psalms give us over and over the same theme. We trust. The Lord provides.
Desolation is a bleak, empty existence. Unhappiness reigns in a desolate world. But we, as the Lord’s children, live a full, joyful, banquet-laden life. If we don’t, then we need to ask ourselves where we took a wrong turn. Or more likely, we may just need to ask the Lord to show us the abundance that we can’t see. Sometimes, we are looking so hard at what we don’t have or what the Lord has yet to do, that we miss the blessings and provision that are right in front of us.
I often remind our ladies here in Spain, in a country that is still in an economic crisis, that we all live better than most Kings and Queens did throughout history. We have indoor plumbing, heated homes, air conditioned cars, closets overflowing with clothes we haven’t worn in years, and refrigerators and cupboards that have so much in them that we end up throwing expired food away.
** He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be made fat. ** (Proverbs 28:2) Striving with others, or striving with the Lord will not bring us to an attitude of plentifulness. Strife will push both people and the Lord a measurable distance from us. Our pride can build a wall between us and the Lord’s care for us. When we are full of ourselves, there is no room in our world for Him. And again, sometimes striving (struggling, being frustrated, complaining, arguing, etc. ) is based on looking at the wrong things instead of looking at all the good the Lord has given us. When the children of Israel whined about their circumstances and stopped trusting in the life that the Lord provided for them, he ** sent leanness into their soul**. As Christians, we don’t want that kind of scarcity. We want to be fat! We want to be so full of God’s Truth and Mercy and Grace and Kindness that we want to give some of it away! But focusing on what we don’t have will only limit the supply of His spiritual bounty.
Those that trust in the Lord are fed daily, making us fat and we never live in desolation. He will always put food on our table and in our hearts. With the Lord being true to His Word, we are all destined to be Chubby Christians. At the very least, we will have Chubby Hearts, full of the blessings of the Lord.