In this last part of the “What To Do When The Wicked Is Winning” series, we arrive at resting in the Lord. So far, we’ve covered –
- Trusting in the Lord
- Delighting Yourself in the Lord
- Committing Your Way To The Lord
Psalms 37:7 (NKJV) – Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
Rest simply means to be silent, still, and/or with calm surrender.
“Learn to practice silence.” – Pastor Billy Johnson
Not waiting patiently literally means to twirl. The inference here is that you are so at rest inwardly that you can dance outwardly.
Psalms 37:34 (NKJV) – Wait on the Lord, and keep His way, and He shall exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.
In this verse, wait means to bind yourself together in expectation.
“Keep His way” means to guard, attend, and protect what God has said for us to do. Notice that in verse 5, we are to commit our way, but here in verse 34 we are to keep His way.
Psalms 27:13 – I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!
Just as a gardener will bind a plant to a stake in the soil, we are to bind ourselves to God and depend on His sufficiency, His will, and His way.