5 Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.
Psalm 37:5 (NLT)
Welcome to the third installment on my study of Psalm 37. This time, we shall look into the need to commit everything we do to the Lord. What does that supposed to mean? It refers to our practice of linking all our works and desires to the glory of God. In other words, we do everything for the glory to God.
We commit the things that we do to his glory so that the results of our works are the reflection on his glory.
Once we are in this mindset, we will be destined to triumph over every challenge that comes our way. When we get rich, we are rich to the glory of God. When we are successful, our successes bring glory to God. We shall no longer view the results of our success to be ours alone.
The second part of Psalm 37:5 tells us to trust him and he will help us. We have to trust him first before he will help us. Why is that so? Why must we make the first move in trusting him? Why can’t God help us first? He respects us. He will not force himself into our lives and insists on helping us regardless of our feelings just as he does not force every human being to be saved. He wants us to have a choice whether we want to be saved. If we choose to be saved, all we have to do is to tell him by confessing with our mouths and believing in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead.
9 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.
Romans 10:9-10 (NLT)
The procedure itself is very simple but it shows that we need to give God permission even for our salvation. He wants to have our permission before he can bless us. When we choose to trust in him, we are effectively giving God the permission he needs to help us. When God is helping you, how can you fail? How can we have anything lesser than success and prosperity when God Almighty is on our side to help us. As long as you put your trust in God, he is your helper.
How do we trust God?
First, we need to believe that what he said is true even if the situation tells us the opposite. This means you have to believe that God wants to give you prosperity even if you are currently debt ridden. You have to believe that God wants you to have good health even if you are feeling very sick now. When you do that, you will not be worried nor be anxious. You will have great peace and confidence that you will receive what you asked for in prayer.
The second meaning of trusting God is to obey him and live by his standards even if they do not seem to be beneficial to you right now. Let me give you an example on myself. As an engineer, I am glad to be in Singapore right now because we are in a construction boom. The salaries for construction professionals have been increasing drastically. If I am to resign from my present job and get another job, I am sure of getting a higher salary (not less then 50% more than what I am getting now.).
Yet, I am not changing job. Why not? I made a promise during the interview for this job. I promised my employer that I commit to stay on in this job up to the end of this project, which is expected to end in the month of May 2008. If I am to ignore this promise, I can sure of getting more money every month but it will not be to the glory of God. This can affect my long-term prosperity.
The act of breaking promises is against the nature of God. Since the nature of God covers every area of prosperity, then going against this nature must result in poverty. I hate to be poor and I am not stupid. Therefore, I am determined to keep my promise, resist the temptation of higher salary and stay on. I believe that my intention to live in integrity will result in great prosperity coming into my life and I am eagerly looking forward to it.
In conclusion, we must be determined to commit our works God and trust in him if we want him to help us. Once we have God as our helper, there is nothing we cannot achieve. There can be no limit to the amount of prosperity that will keep rushing to us.