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By , on July 27th, 2013

Trusting in God’s Committed Care

In Psalm 37:5-6 we read the following words, “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.”

There is the simple command to commit our way unto the LORD. What does that mean? Literally, it could be translated, “Roll all your cares onto the LORD.” It gives the picture of a great burden too great for us to carry, but it also gives the child of God great hope that God is greater than the burden you carry because He commands us to roll that burden onto Him. What burden are you carrying today? Is it a burden of unconfessed and unforgiven sin? That is too great to bear. Roll onto God for forgiveness and cleansing and power to forsake sin. Is your burden physical weakness, long-term illness, or caring for someone with a disability? Are all your resources drained? Roll all your cares onto God. He beckons to His children as a strong Tower, as a Rock that will never be moved no matter what burdens we bring to Him. Are we burdened with cares for our families, wayward children, for your church, for your nation? Roll them onto God. He is far greater than all your cares. That’s why He commands us to do roll our cares onto Him. God makes Himself available for needy sinners. This is an invitation to test His power and His support. It is a test of our trust in Him as the second command in these verses closely parallels the first, “Trust also in Him.” Lean on Him in the midst of your troubles. Why? Because the effects are astounding!

Listen to the following words, “And he shall bring it to pass.”  Literally, the LORD will act. How we need to hear these words in an age of a do-it-yourself false gospel. The LORD will act. Are these not comforting and reassuring words of God’s committed care to His people? And how often don’t we turn to Him for help? We would rather solve our own problems. We plot and scheme in order to get to the next stage in life. We become defensive when others accuse, whether truthfully or falsely. When we are hit by financial and material hardship, we put our plans in place and our hands to work before turning to God. When we are faced with the difficult task of raising our children, we do our utmost before rolling our cares onto God and trusting in Him. When faced with bodily pain and sickness, we do all we can to find a remedy before rolling our cares onto God and trusting in Him. And all these means are not wrong because God is a God of means, but we must remember not to invert the order of these things. He will act. That’s a promise isn’t? It’s a promise to take to God’s bank and cash with Him as it were, in the midst of all our cares, concerns and troubles.

He will act and He will cause His people’s righteousness to shine forth as brightly as the sun. He has acted in His Son and when we trust in Him, in His covenant Name, that righteousness which is Christ’s is imputed, or reckoned to our account. Trusting in God honors His all-sufficiency and His committed care. This is highlighted in His provision for sinners in the righteousness of His Son. When we trust in Him, He will bring it to pass. He will cause our righteousness to shine. He will vindicate His great Name in the care of His people, not only in the day-to-day physical care of His people, but also in the spiritual care of His people. Take your burden of care – ALL of it – roll it onto Him and expect great things from Him.

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