“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.”
Psalm 37:4-5 AMPC
Question. What will He bring to pass? What you have committed to Him. Keep that thought as you read.
“And God chose me to be a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of this Good News. That is why I am suffering here in prison. But I am not ashamed of it, for I know the One in whom I trust, and I am sure that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until the day of His return.”
2 Timothy 1:11-12 NLT
Have you ever thought of that? That God is committed to what we have committed to Him. Yes He is! But first we must commit something to Him. And whatever the commitment is, as long as you remain committed to it, doing your part, He has promised to help us see it through to the end or to its completion. Isn’t that wonderful?
This tells me that the reason why most Christians are not experiencing breakthroughs in their lives, can probably be traced back to us not following through on our commitments to Him. For He has promised to help us with whatever we have committed to Him. Because He cannot lie, then we know that the manifestation lies with us. Have you committed to tithing ten percent of your income to the Lord? Have you been faithful to that commitment? Then you may quote Malachi 3:10-11 and be fully persuaded that He will keep His end of the deal until you see Him face to face. Have you committed your ways? That includes every facet of your life, then you can say like Paul I KNOW in whom I have BELIEVED! Nothing doing, until you commit yourself or ways, to the One you claim to believe in.
Listen, the first thing any lender asks for before committing themselves to you is, collateral. What do you have? What are you willing to bring to the table. God didn’t make us from nothing, He used what was available to Him. Dirt. From the dirt He formed us. He remained committed to what He had created, by not only breathing life into us but giving us a job. Adam had a garden to tend to. Then God provided food for him to eat. God remained committed after man sinned, by sending us a Redeemer/Savior in the person of His Son Jesus. Are you seeing a pattern here? He has remained committed to His commitment. We want all the benefits without the commitment. It won’t work!
To gain a profit, we must first invest in something. To make a withdrawal, we must first make a deposit. We want heaven’s riches without personally investing our lives.
Read Psalm 37:4-5 again slowly. The verse begins with the word delight. What does it mean for us to delight ourselves in the Lord? I read this somewhere and I believe it describes it perfectly: Delighting in Him means;
Seeing and savoring Him as infinitely admirable, embracing Him as your dearest friend, Savior, caring protector, provider, and thirdly, receiving with thanks and worship everything He gives you. J. Piper
In essence, true delight causes us to take our sights off what we want, in order to long for what He desires. So as we consider committing our desires or ways to Him, we are mindful that our ways must be conformative to His will. In this way whatever we commit to Him will both satisfy us and bring Him glory.
The two legged stool of delight and desire, must be supported by our willingness to commit our ways to the Lord, that’s the third leg. Rolling every care and load of the desire on Him. Most of us have great desires, but what we’re lacking is the patience, dedication and commitment required to see it through to its completion. How many unfinished projects, dreams, goals and plans do you currently have? Great ideas will remain dormant unless or until acted upon. God will honor our desires, but we must remain committed to the commitment. He’s not going to do all the work. You may build that dream home in your mind, but you’ll never live in it as long as it remains in your mind. You may envision a nice vacation, but you’ll still be sitting at home, unless you commit to making the reservations. And even after you’ve made the reservations, you still have more to do in order to enjoy it, you have to actually commit to going. Every thing in life requires commitment.
God the Creator had a lot of thoughts, but if He hadn’t committed to acting on those thoughts and following through on them, the earth would still be dark, void and uninhabited. He was committed to changing what He saw. He had a plan. And saw it through to its completion. He’s our example.
If a child has a project for school, he knows it’s due in a week, you committed to buying everything he needs, you keep reminding him that the deadline is looming, but he’s procrastinating, you’ve offered to help, but he doesn’t budge. The day before the project is due, he’s going bonkers, whose fault will it be if the project is incomplete? God is committed to what we’ve rolled or entrusted to Him, as long as we remain committed ourselves. Just as the child, even though he had the tools and commitment of his parent to help him bring the project to its completion, ended up with an incomplete assignment, because he didn’t keep his commitment to the project. So it is with us. Our failure to follow through with our commitment, does not obligate God to bring our desires to pass. Read it again. Commit your ways, and He will.
Now let’s look at the apostle Paul’s words to Timothy. He was encouraging his spiritual son to stay focused on the assignment. Using his own life as the example. He was writing from a prison cell. He said his suffering was due to his commitment to preaching the gospel. But listen to his words, because he had discovered the joy of delighting in God, he said to Timothy “this is no cause for shame” because I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that He is able to guard (keep) what I have entrusted (committed) to Him until the day of His return.” Did you get that? Not only had he committed his entire situation to the Lord, He was committed to his commitment to preaching and teaching the gospel. This was a delight. And he was convinced he would finish his course, why? He had entrusted it to the Lord.
How could he be so confident? He was locked up in deplorable conditions. He had learned to delight himself in the Lord. Prison was not a deterrent. He did some of his best writings from prison. I have no idea how I would respond in his situation, but knowing who we have committed or entrusted our lives to is the first step to being persuaded that He’s able to keep what we’ve committed to Him. If we’re ashamed to suffer for Christ, our commitment will be weakened. Paul spoke of those who had deserted him because of his imprisonment. He was abandoned by those who once stood with him. Still he wasn’t deterred. Disappointed, but unfazed. He had found the One in whom his soul delighted, committed his desires to Him, and he was fully persuaded of a perfect outcome.
So are you committed to your commitment? We make a lot of promises to the Lord, but do we back away when things aren’t favorable? God will only keep what we have committed to Him, if we remain committed to it, whatever it is. As more and more Christians have become politically correct, as more and more church facilities have become more accommodating to the culture, as the Bible is being squeezed into the tight pants of compromise, and some have moved farther away from delighting in Him, what exactly are we committing to Him? Charles Spurgeon said these words.
A church that does not exist to reclaim heathenism, to fight evil, to destroy error, to put down falsehood, a church that does not exist to take the side of the poor, to denounce injustice and to hold up righteousness, is a church that has no right to be.
Truer words have never been written! We are the church of which he spoke. Who knew his words would be prophetic words for our generation. A church without commitment to the Truth of the Bible, is a church that has no right to be called the church of Jesus Christ. What have you committed to Him? Are you willing like the apostle Paul to stand unashamedly in whom you have believed? Only time will tell. We will all as believers in Christ, be given an opportunity to prove what we believe. In that moment the Father stands ready to support our commitment to His Truths and promises, as He did for Paul and countless others. May our desires be less selfish and more selfless, pleasing to Him. So that even by bringing them to pass, He is forever glorified.
Father in Jesus Name,
May we learn the value of true commitment to You and to ourselves in keeping our word. May we find the joy of delighting ourselves in You. Not so we can have our way, but so that You may have Your way in us. Grant that our desires may align with Your will for us. In Jesus Name 🙏
Commit your ways to the Lord, and He will bring your desires to pass.
Written by permission of the Holy Spirit
Not for yourself, O church, do you exist, any more than Christ existed for Himself. C. Spurgeon
March 10, 2021