In our look at fret from Psalms 37 we noted why fret is so destructive, “…it only causes harm.” (v8) Remember, this is David writing. He lived a good portion of his life on the run from people who should have been supporting him, but were out to kill him. Between fighting the Philistines, running from Saul, and leading a band of “rebels,” he was well acquainted with stress, and had countless opportunities to give into fret, especially when it seemed as if God was taking His time in bringing things to pass in David’s life. Whenever I’m tempted to think my situation is unbearable I remind myself that I don’t have anyone trying to kill me (that I know of anyway)!
So David writes that we are to “feed on His faithfulness,” (v3) not on our fret because whatever we feed on begins to shape us. But practically, what does this mean? How do we feed on God’s faithfulness? Psalms 37 goes on to give us three ways: we worship, we walk it out, and we wait on Him. In Part 1 of our series on Sunday, Teach Us To Pray, we talked about the importance of starting with worship when we pray. Let’s take a look at worship.
Verse 4 tells us to, “Delight yourself in the Lord…” What an interesting command! This is the essence of worship – delighting ourselves in the Lord.
Whenever fret begins to creep in we are tempted to delight ourselves in the wrong ways. This can take many forms: gossip, manipulation, pornography, over-spending, over-eating, over-commitment to name a few. Not fretting isn’t simply avoiding sin or willpower over our emotions. It begins with a decision to worship, to delight ourselves in the only One who can satisfy and who is sovereign in every situation. In fact, prolonged fret is an indication that we have stopped delighting in God and have begun worshiping someone or something else.
When was the last time you experienced sheer delight in God?
In His perfect love and care for you? In His wisdom, His patience, His power, His wildness of heart? The unchanging nature of His promise and Word to you? When was the last time you had a “wow” moment with God?
If fret has begun to occupy your soul, what would it look like for you to begin to delight in God again? Amazingly, when we do choose to surrender in worship we find that, “…He will give you the desires of your heart.” What would happen if you made the decision today to worship? There may be thousands of factors out of your control, but the one thing you can always do is worship. No matter what’s going on around you, you can delight in God. It is the doorway to your heart’s deepest desires.