Submitted by Kathy Nolt, Financial Director, TTWM
Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.
Psalm 37:7 (NLT)
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 carries out wicked schemes.
Psalm 37:7 (NASB)
This psalm is considered a wisdom psalm written by David in his later years. David’s wisdom in verse 7 is for us to be still [be silent; still; dumb] in the presence of the Lord. We don’t come with our laundry list, but we are silent in the Lord’s presence as we seek His wisdom. Then we are to wait patiently [set self to expect God to answer; be determined to expect an answer]. We don’t wait anxiously or passively, but with an expectation that God will act on our behalf.
These two things – “be still” and “wait patiently” – sound like pretty simple things to do. But in the heat of our battle they can be the hardest things to do. We want our battle over now! That is probably why David encouraged us with “don’t worry”. Don’t worry about what is going on around us. We need to “rest in the Lord” as another version says. We should calmly resign our worries, our ways, our fears, and leave all things in the hands of God. He will act on our behalf!