Scripture: Psalm 37:1-9
The promise: “Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.” (Psalm 37:5)
Observation: In this Psalm, David reveals that the Lord will help us and fulfill our heart’s desires – if we trust him fully. He urges us not to focus on what wicked and evil people do, but rather commit ourselves to the Lord and patiently wait on him.
Application: A few years ago, I was having lunch with a friend and we somehow stumbled on the topic of God and faith. She grew up Jewish but wasn’t very connected to her faith; I had grown up Catholic but just recently put my faith in Jesus, so we were both trying to make sense of something we didn’t fully understand. Our conversation ended up focusing on decision-making and inviting God to be part of our everyday decisions.
As she wrestled with inviting God into our everyday decisions, she had a burning question to help her make sense of it all: “So, wait – you have to ask God what to have for breakfast?”
I remember laughing and replying that of course I didn’t. God doesn’t expect us to come to him with every decision, just the important ones.
Fast forward a few years – I’ve grown a lot in faith since that conversation in Cosi, and I’ve learned that God does want to be a part of our entire lives, not just the parts that seem big and consequential. He delights in the details.
I love how the psalmist David puts it in Psalm 37:
“Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.”
Commit everything. Commit that relationship and that project and that test and that small desire and that big hope and that job and that moment. Give it to him. Stop holding on. Refuse to do it on your own. Recognize that he wants to help you with the small, the insignificant, the minute.
What do you need to give to him today? In this moment, offer it to him. Open your hands – and your heart. Let him in – and he will help you.
You are not alone in anything if you offer him your everything.
Commit. Trust. Receive.
He’s waiting to help you.
(One final note: I’ve grown a lot in my faith journey, but I still don’t ask God what to have for breakfast. If I want oatmeal, I eat oatmeal. If I want eggs, I eat eggs. If I want pancakes, I eat pancakes. One thing I know for sure: God always desires for me to drink coffee in the morning… because coffee = life. Am I right or am I right?!)
Prayer: God, thank you for who you are, for caring about every part of my life so deeply. Today, I offer all of me to you -- every struggle I have, every issue that I face. I offer it to you free of guilt that it’s too small or insignificant for you to care. I invite you in, I let go, and I ask, humbly, for your help. Guide my steps. Amen.