It’s Really Quite Easy
I like a reading discipline and plan. In May I read a chapter of Proverbs each day along with a chapter of my book, 31 Days of Proverbs. Believe it or not reading my own work enlightens!!! I forget what I write and as I read along I think, “Wow that’s really good!” Silly, right?
For June I decided to read 5 psalms each day to complete the entire book by month’s end. It too has been very beneficial and good.
Psalm 37 stopped me with its simplicity of do and don’t. Let me share.
Psalm 37 verses 1-8
A psalm of David.
Do not fret.
Do not be envious.
Do trust in the Lord.
Do commit your way to the Lord.
Do rest in the Lord.
Do wait patiently for Him.
Do not fret – it only causes harm.
In a nutshell!
I realized if we did these “do’s” and didn’t do the “don’t’s” our days would be peaceful. Striving would be non-existent. Our pastor spoke on being a good person this past Sunday. A good, saved person. We certainly know the doctrine of being “good” isn’t enough but those of us who have been born anew by the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ should be good people.
We shouldn’t be walking around with our emotions in a knot. We shouldn’t be jealous. We shouldn’t be fretting about everything not right around us and Lord only knows there’s plenty of that these days.
Every day we should practice trusting in the Lord; doing good; committing our way to the Lord; resting in Him; and, as hard as it is? Waiting patiently for Him!
What do you think?
The do’s and the don’t’s. I’m going to work on them. Want to join me?
Grace & Hope
Paula Short says
This is a great reminder. I like how you read Proverbs along with your book. I’ve tried reading the Psalms straight through, but end up skipping around. The Psalms are a part of my Bible reading, but not daily. I am reading through the Bible again, I’m on Joshua in the OT & Hebrews in the NT.
This discipline of 5 psalms per day was easy to stick to. I did read only chapter 119 that particular day and caught up the next!!! 176 verses is a lot to soak in!
Peggy Occhiuzzo says
Makes living out our faith so simple!
Lisa Blair says
Thanks for sharing the do’s and don’ts of Psalm 37, Susan. Sometimes we “grasp” insights, and sometimes they go sailing by, I definitely want to go study this Psalm a little more closely. Daily Bible reading is such a joy and delight to my spirit and my soul, and I appreciate seeing you encourage others in this journey with the Lord.
The Psalms are a balm (oops that rhymes!).
Glenda Summers says
Oh, how I love this, Susan! One of my favorites is “DO NOT WORRY!” My precious mother was a worrier until I told her (as a very young, immature girl) that I thought we shouldn’t worry if we trust God. She started making a conscious effort to massage the frown lines from her brow, and do you know what? In just a few months, she had NO frown lines, and lots of pretty laugh wrinkles around her mouth! Some people might say I’m naive, but that’s all right. God knows my heart. Love you, Susan!!
I know your heart also and it’s a good one! xo
I know you won’t be surprised but… Psalm 37 is one of my favorites! Loved this! Now— let’s all go out and LIVE it!
Do’s and Do not’s. Of course it’s a favorite.
Lisa Jordan says
Wonderful passage that’s a great reminder in our daily living for the Lord. We are human and often, spend more time on the do nots than the dos. Thankfully, Jesus is with us to guide us back on the path of trusting Him. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for reading!
Joanne Viola says
Proverbs and Psalms offers such insight and wisdom for living. I am currently using a devotional that is a daily walk through the psalms in a year. If ever we needed daily wisdom for living, it is now. So glad you shared!
Now more than ever!
Kathy Walters says
Your words are so right on and I appreciate this writing very much.