Psalm 37: 7 Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him; do not fret over those who prosper in their way, over those who carry out evil devices. 8 Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath. Do not fret—it leads only to evil. 9 For the wicked shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.
In these verses is the encouragement to “be still” and “wait patiently”, both of which are challenging in stressful situations. But the part that gets my particular attention is the directive to do these things “before the Lord” (v.7). In other words rather that staring at the source of our anger, fear, fretting, and the like – we look upon the Lord. We focus on the Lord. We pray to the Lord. We recall the faithfulness of the Lord in the past as an expectation of the same in our present and future.
This is a great word for me this morning. There are a number of stress-inducing situations I’m wrestling with today, as is likely the case with many of you. Last night I was turning these things over in my head. What do I do about this or that? What’s my best response? Who do I talk to? What do I say? What if I get it wrong? I hardly slept at all. So I woke today weary and stressed out. It turns out that dwelling on my problems all night brought no peace or resolution, only more fatigue. Not good.
So this morning I’m accepting the guidance of the psalmist and instead focusing my attention on the Lord, asking for grace to wait patiently for the Lord to give me direction. And to trust the Lord will get me through today as has been true many times before. Lord let it be so. Amen.