“…but refer them to God.”

memorybookAs I work through memorizing and meditating on Psalm 37, Matthew Henry helps me to think about verses 5 and 6. First, here is the psalmist:

Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him, and he will act.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
and your justice as the noonday.

And here’s Matthew Henry:

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, the burden of thy care. We must roll it off ourselves, not afflict and perplex ourselves with thoughts about future events, but refer them to God. By prayer spread thy case and all thy cares before the Lord, and trust in him. We must do our duty, and then leave the event with God. The promise is very sweet: He shall bring that to pass, whatever it is, which thou has committed to him.

I don’t post this here because I’ve got this all figured out. I post it because I’m constantly challenged to “refer [my anxieties] to God.” I need the reminders because I all too often “afflict and perplex [myself] with thoughts about future events.” In fact, my first thoughts this morning went to some burdens I’m carrying, and I was overwhelmed before my head left my pillow.

So here I am — again! — needing to cast my burdens on my Lord. As Henry instructs, I must do my duty and then “leave the event with God.”

And one way to remind myself of these truths is to hide Psalm 37 in my heart. Anyone want to join me?

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5 thoughts on ““…but refer them to God.”

  1. Yes, btw, I love the look and feel of your blog. I think I will borrow some of your ideas like adding books I’ve read.

  2. I would like to join you in memorizing this too. I need some accountability and I need to hide God’s Word in my heart. I just wish my brain understood this and would stop acting like Teflon. Thanks Anne.

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