And hope, too, needs to rest in the fruition of that which God has given. I think you must regard him as looking upon some of the great perplexing events of God's providence. Malign passions are to the soul what the legions of locusts are to the vegetation of the East — they eat up the life. "Wait" signifies to be strong, firm, stable; to wait, stay, delay: to wait for, to await, from the notion of enduring, holding out, which is kindred with that of strength. Mark, too, that the "steps" are ordered. We must not be surprised that men are so slow to learn this lesson. Work demands rest, and rest is the stimulus of work. Let one subject regulate our judgments of one another: save us from morbid discontents, and cause to abide ever "in the Lord," that we may rest in Him. Hope in God maketh not ashamed. VI. The ruin involves(1) The contempt of Jehovah. 1), "because of evil-doers;" and again (ver 8), "fret not thyself in any wise to do evil." For in it we become transformed and bear God's impress. April 24. The psalmist in Psalm 41 reveals how a man can be compassionate to the needy and yet be treated wrongly in return. Do we do well to be angry, if, having a proper competency, we want only what would be a clog and incumbrance? I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. Don’t bother with those who climb the ladder, who elbow their way to the top. But you are not up to the royal rest-chamber yet. The first thing suggested is, that in spite of all appearances a man must hold to the great fact that there is a great, Divine, presiding personality, an observer, governor, judge — he must keep to that, and hold to that great truth. Look at the energetic tradesman; he seems incessantly active; he labours early and late; nothing seems so foreign to him as rest. It is thus that things work out. 2. 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. If He did finish it, then rest in Him, and be glad. WAIT PATIENTLY FOR HIM.1. A remarkable instance of the kind may be found in Esther (chaps. We have thought, I say, that those were disordered periods. REST IN THE SENSE OF CONFIDENCE. "Wait" signifies to be strong, firm, stable; to wait, stay, delay: to wait for, to await, from the notion of enduring, holding out, which is kindred with that of strength. Open your Bibles to Psalm 42. The Hebrew is, "Be silent to God." "Their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken." A. Our Price: $41.99 Save: $28.00 (40%) Buy Now. The psalm backs its exhortations by numerous promises (vers. Rest is the highest condition of man. Yet let him unbosom himself, and you will find all this activity arises from a wish to secure the means of attain. Keep me from anxious thoughts and may my I learn to be still in Your presence, to rest in Your love and to wait patiently for You to act – knowing that You work all things together for our benefit and for Your glory, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN. 1. Would we allow ourselves leisure to view the precipice which the most exalted sinner stands upon, how unsure his footing, how liable to be shaken by opposition from below, or the hand of vengeance from above, and how much more fatal a fall may be from so dangerous an height; we should find nothing so tempting in it as to raise our discontent, or provoke one wish to change an innocent inglorious safety for so hazardous an eminence.III. This rest of conscious strength is closely associated with every Christian grace, and is as necessary to our success in the conflicts of the divine life, as it is to the culture of our higher nature. They were not. III. of that water and shut out all the rest, you might say that it was a mere watery chaos; but when your eye takes in the whole wave, you see that a common movement propels its whole mass, and takes up into itself all these minor movements, and bears them on with the regularity of a marching host. Psalm 37:1-7 5945 self-pity. Therefore keep to the right and the true, to religious faith and the side of God. Psalms 37:7. From shop SastriDesign. 1. And sometimes it is done otherwise, in a more palpable manner. Hope is the flush of the morning-dawn, bright and gladsome, indeed; patience is the seeing sun in its golden softness and beauty, gilding and crowning the last hours of the day. They think that everything is against them, because in the little space that they can cover, and the little vision that they possess, they cannot discern that for which they wait. 1. It is amidst the drenching dews, in the still dawning of the spring-time, that the leaf unfolds itself, and the tender shoot steals upwards. And to any one that shall be so impertinent as to require satisfaction as to God's distributions, our Saviour's answer to St. Peter may be a sufficient reply: "If I will" that it be thus or thus, "what is that to thee?"II. Sometimes you do not observe the process, but presently, unexpectedly, you see the result of the working out of the law, "Yet a little while and the wicked shall not be." It may not appear at first sight evident that the demand for rest is an interior feeling in every one. ", I. Psalm 37:7. But all this opposition only brings ruin on themselves. It is utterly unsatisfying,III. It inflicts an injury on the soul of its possessor. You, a religious man, having a religious faith in you! 1. Then we must learn to be at rest, not indeed by striving unnaturally not to feel sorrow, but by our taking the sorrow from God. We come all into the world alike naked and defenceless; and it is to the same bountiful hand, which clothes the lilies of the field, we owe our food and raiment. Hope enters into the battle full of expectation, and confidence, and strength; patience is the virtue of the veteran who has gained it in many a struggle, in many a march, and in many a triumph. Jump to Previous. The philosopher sneers at the marking of the sparrow's fall; but it is in the ordering of just such details that God fulfils Himself in history. To the man who waits on God it is indispensable that he trust his guide. They find their wants supplied, and they have no cares. WITH REGARD TO OURSELVES. Jenkyn Brown.There are many who may wait, but they do not wait patiently upon God. II. It stimulates to the infliction of injury upon others. 7. WITH REGARD TO OURSELVES. "Dear me, I wonder what has become of so and so! 4. It is a rest of mind, a sense of security and fixedness; 4. Being Confident Surrendering Patience, In Christian Living Patience Prayer, Persistence In Quietness Rest, Spiritual Waiting On God Worship, Elements Of. Opposites cannot come from God. Don’t bother with those who climb the ladder, who elbow their way to the top. The Psalm is an acrostic, i.e., each section begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Psalm 37:7 > NIV KJV ESV NKJV. You are not to let such thoughts get down into your soul to weaken and destroy your faith in God. He will deal with the evil in the world. Rest in the Lord] Heb. Add to this, that a contented deportment, under adversity or distress, is the most probable means of engaging the Almighty to withdraw His scourge.(J. Instead, we are to be a light in a dark world. But the strength of a community is not in its enterprising, self-confident, profane or prayer-less great men, but in the men, be they few or many, who while they are "diligent in business," and faithful in public spirit, "rest" secretly "in the Lord," and "wait patiently" every day "for Him.". Only the Spirit brooding over our hearts can secure this. IT IS MOST BLESSED, both in regard to our temporal life and that which is spiritual. Restlessness has a twofold sort of bitterness which trust in God must extirpate. II. It signifies to wait upon God in prayer, with faith and patience. In the one case the stroke may stun us, but we may speedily recover and gain new strength and fresh hope. "Yes," is the reply, "but He is so long in bringing it to pass: He makes me wait so long." They forget that they are fellow-workers with God, and that God's working-day is all time and all eternity. It inflicts an injury on the soul of its possessor. We may wait confidently. Psalm 37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Being the Lord's, we should rest in Him.3. Here He bids you open all your heart, and pour forth your desires, for He will satisfy them. II. 5.-7.) We are to wait unwaveringly (ver. His help will come, if we wait; His help will be sufficient when it does come. We may wait confidently. (3) As practical. xxxvii. It is said the "wicked shall be driven away in his wickedness." Psalm 37:7 King James Version (KJV). "Fret not thyself," says the psalmist (ver. We come all into the world alike naked and defenceless; and it is to the same bountiful hand, which clothes the lilies of the field, we owe our food and raiment. "Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him," is —, III. Let not the dumbness be numbness. 1. It signifies to wait upon God in prayer, with faith and patience.2. Worrying about others can cause unneeded stress and can wear on you. Plan and passion will not satisfy it, it must work, and work with more implements than one — "sword and bow." To the man who waits on God it is indispensable that he trust his guide.2. A. It is much more easy to bear a heavy affliction, if it be short, than to bear a long affliction, though it be light. In no time they’ll shrivel like grass clippings and wilt like cut flowers in the sun. It speaks of the blessings of good conduct, the ills of betrayal, a plea for mercy and praises to God. 3. to religious faith and the side of God. "Fret not thyself," says the psalmist (ver. Rest in the L ord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Psalm 37:7 Multilingual: Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! A straightforward course is easy, and men are safe in it; but it requires more skill than most men are endowed with to manage a crooked and crafty policy safely, or so as to be safe themselves in pursuing such a course.(Homilist. Either Christ completed all that was necessary for your salvation, or He did not. It is to expect His love; and so it implies file penitence that goes before pardon. So, too, in regard to the manifold sins and sorrows of human life: the slowness of our own growth in goodness; the secret sorrows of our homes — in regard to all them, and every other like to them, take the precept of our text. 8, 4, 6, 29). As to that which he is not to do. 5.-7.) And to any one that shall be so impertinent as to require satisfaction as to God's distributions, our Saviour's answer to St. Peter may be a sufficient reply: "If I will" that it be thus or thus, "what is that to thee?"II. The philosopher sneers at the marking of the sparrow's fall; but it is in the ordering of just such details that God fulfils Himself in history. THE STEPS TO THIS ROYAL CHAMBER OF REPOSE. There have come times to most of us when we have lost out of our lives all sense of plan or order, and have just gone on from day to day, doing and taking what the day brought with it. 84). You are not in the fields among the wild beasts; cease to hunt them: Come within doors into your Father's house. It is through the exercise of faith that comfort comes to the heart. Psalm 42 is a lament psalm written by men who formerly were able to freely worship God with the Lord’s people. Thus, obedience is not always cheerful; and just in proportion to its lack of this element, it is defective. Quiet down before GOD,be prayerful before him. If so, you have noticed that each wave was full of little, irregular swirlings and eddies, moving in all possible directions. It is still more difficult to bear suffering patiently than to serve and to do duty patiently. Each section has its own imagery and logic. It is to expect His love; and so it implies the penitence that goes before pardon. WITH REGARD TO THE PERSONS SAID TO BE THUS PROSPEROUS. Psalm 37:7 Be Still In The Presence Of The Lord (blue) Psalm 37:7 Be Still In The Presence Of The Lord (brown) Psalm 37:7 Be Still My Soul (devotional)01:08 (brown) Hope is the flush of the morning-dawn, bright and gladsome, indeed; patience is the seeing sun in its golden softness and beauty, gilding and crowning the last hours of the day. In the one case the stroke may stun us, but we may speedily recover and gain new strength and fresh hope. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him: fret not thyself. The balance of the mind, the equipoise of feeling, a harmony of the inner with the outer life, the peace of desire, and the repose of the consciousness of truth. 3. Not a dead faith which will not serve you at all, but one which will "do" as well as receive. 3 My a heart became hot within me. The only thing we are to be careful about is that we step each time in God's track. Psalm 37:7-9 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Yet let him unbosom himself, and you will find all this activity arises from a wish to secure the means of attaining a secure rest' in his declining years. 39 I said, “I will w guard my ways, that I x may not sin with my tongue; I will y guard my mouth with a muzzle, so long as the wicked are in my presence.” 2 I was z mute and silent; I held my peace to no avail, and my distress grew worse. "Fret not thyself," says the psalmist (ver. Keep company with GOD, get in on the best. So, then, the passive virtues, as they are called, are those that require the greatest effort, and, according to Christ, are therefore of the greatest worth. We read in Isaiah's prophecy, "This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest;" and I know there are some weary ones here. Think what a good God thou hast; yea, what a blessed God He is. How silent, surely, is an angel's heart when God is nigh; how is self hushed there; how, as some earthly vapour by the sun, is every power of His mighty being drawn up into adoration! THEIR APPLICATION. ( C) when people succeed in their ways, ( D) when they carry out their wicked schemes. (2) As raging. They find their wants supplied, and they have no cares. In religion all means are ends, and all ends only means to some larger end. It is as when one has been travelling for long hours over a rough road, amid storm and mist, with night drawing on, looking, as he gains the top of every successive hill, for the spires of the city to which he is going, and seeing instead only a new stretch of dreary road, and a new hill to be climbed — he is tempted to think his guide has lost the way, and to take matters into his own hands. And this stillness is, perhaps, that feature of religion which is most seldom to be met with in our day. V. PERFECT REST FROM WEARINESS. They lose heart and lose faith, and then very speedily they cease to work altogether. I. THEIR OPPOSITION BRINGS ON THEM TERRIBLE MISERY.1. See again, WHAT BESIDES RIGHTEOUS LABOUR SUCH A STILLNESS SUPPOSES. And if you could fasten your eyes upon a square foot. III. Read verse in New International Version How ARE WE TO GROW IN THIS GREAT GRACE? Psalm 37:7-9 Quiet down before God, be prayerful before him. So our lives are what their details are. "True," said Drummond, "but you are not too tired to lie down." The seed of the serpent has from the beginning had a venomous animosity to the good. Psalm 37:7 King James Version (KJV). Whilst remembering the judgment that is coming upon the wicked if they do not repent, we are to pray for them that they may. Psalm 37:7 : S Ps 27:14; 40:1; 130:5; Isa 38:13; Hab 3:16; Ro 8:25. I have seen the house, with the letters cut into the stone, almost a foot deep; and it is let now for a school, This may seem a simple matter. You have seen two children bidden by their parent to wait in a certain place for an hour, until he should return, or until some promised pleasure should be prepared: and you have seen the one cheerfully occupy himself with a book or with some object at hand, while the other, though he obeyed the command to remain, fretted, and watched the clock, and wondered when father would return, and was angry because he did not come sooner, and began to fear that he would not come at all, and so made himself generally miserable until the hour had expired. B. Simpson— Days of Heaven Upon Earth . The intellect itself must have its quiet places and still retreats, where holy calm, and unconscious growth, and secret renovation, repairs its losses.