… the Lord delivered all their enemies into their handJoshua 21:44
Today my spirit seemed bogged down with much of the tumult happening in the world around us and the chaos that comes with work deadlines, Christmas planning, and family scheduling in December. For most of us, this inner turmoil may not appear outwardly when we glance in the mirror but inwardly creates quite a roar. Such was my case as I began to sip my morning coffee and the words, “Don’t fret remember Psalm 37” faintly flitted across my mind, but received no attention.
My morning always begins with reading a good daily devotional and delving into the Bible. Sometimes more than one devotional book. Today nothing seemed to be stopping anxious thought-dropping interrupting my special quiet time until I happened to spot a well-worn little Streams in the Desert devotional penned early in the 1900s by Mrs. Charles Cowman, a beloved Christian author. The December 1st passage reads:
There remaineth, therefore, a rest to the people of God (Hebrews 4:9).
The rest includes victory, “And the Lord gave them rest round about;… the Lord delivered all their enemies into their hand” (Joshua 21:44). “Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).
An eminent Christian worker tells of his mother who was a very anxious and troubled Christian. He would talk with her by the hour trying to convince her of the sinfulness of fretting but to no avail. She was like the old lady who once said she had suffered so much, especially from the troubles that never came.
But one morning the mother came down to breakfast wreathed in smiles. He asked her what had happened, and she told him that in the night she had a dream. She was walking along a highway with a great crowd of people who seemed so tired and burdened. They were nearly all carrying little black bundles, and she noticed that there were numerous repulsive-looking beings which she thought were demons dropping these black bundles for the people to pick up and carry.
Like the rest, she too had her needless load, and was weighed down with the devil’s bundles. Looking up, after a while, she saw a Man with a bright and loving face, passing hither and thither through the crowd, and comforting the people. At last He came near her, and she saw that it was her Saviour. She looked up and told Him how tired she was, and He smiled sadly and said: “My dear child, I did not give you these loads; you have no need of them. They are the devil’s burdens and they are wearing out your life. Just drop them; refuse to touch them with one of your fingers and you will find the path easy and you will be as if borne on eagle’s wings.”
He touched her hand, and lo, peace and joy thrilled her frame and, flinging down her burden, she was about to throw herself at His feet in joyful thanksgiving, when suddenly she awoke and found that all her cares were gone.
From that day to the close of her life she was the most cheerful and happy member of the household.
As I thought about the Scriptures introducing this devotion and read the sweet story of an anxious, personally delivered fretting soul, this time it seemed she could be describing me and many of my fellow Americans as we intercede for an honest outcome to the elections, deal with the global politicians using Covid for their own agenda, or witness the antics of Antifa and the like, and so forth.
Then the words, “Don’t fret remember Psalm 37” surfaced again. I opened the Bible to Psalm 37 and began to read. It is almost impossible to share only a few verses of Psalm 37 here because I can personally attest to God literally addressing situation after situation in my life as if the verses were written for me. It raises the phrase “taking God at His word” to a very high level in my book.
God has given us a great gift through King David’s writing in this Psalm. As for the “fret” verses and the story of the woman above who was “like the old lady who once said she had suffered so much, especially from the troubles that never came.” For starts:
1 Do not fret because of evildoers,
Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.
7 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 brings wicked schemes to pass.
8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
Do not fret—it only causes harm
(You can read all of Psalm 37 HERE)
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read the devotion above and gained real peace and joy and victory in the process, but I can tell you, there is a note jotted on the front page of the book that says: February 16, 1996 – Purchased 2nd copy! Streams in the Desert can be found online daily at Crosswalk.com. It is a wonderful & timeless devotional!
God bless you always,
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