“Trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord. Trust also in Him, and He will do it.”
Psalm 37:3-5, NAS

While living in New Mexico, I questioned whether I should stay or leave the area, and what kind of ministry God wanted me to pursue? As an eighteen-year old, summer, dining hall worker at Glorietta Baptist Assembly, I found myself agonizing over my future. J. earl Mead taught our young men’s class that this passage is a check list for direction.

  • Are you trusting in the Lord? “Trust” means “to be on your face.” Fall at Christ’s feet declaring that you are counting on Him to “teach you in the way which you should go.” (Psalm 32:8) He is trustworthy.
  • Are you doing whatever God has told you to do and willing to do the next thing that He indicates. He does not steer a car that is standing still. Obedience turns on the ignition.
  • Are you dwelling in the land? God’s people “inherit the land.” (vs. 9, 11, 22, 29, 34) Canaan was symbolic of the Lord’s promises. Be content with what you have and where you are.
  • Are you cultivating faithfulness? Is there anything that God has asked you to do that is yet undone?
  • Are you delighting in the Lord? Do you love God’s person more than His direction, and seeing His face more than receiving from His hand?
  • Are you experiencing God’s desires as your own? When you are fully surrendered to Him, then what He wants is what you want.
  • Have you committed your way to the Lord? This means to literally roll your burden upon Him. When you transfer that anxiety, “He will sustain you.” (Psalm 55:22)

QUESTION: I saw a sign on a store in Oklahoma: “If we don’t got it, you don’t need it.” Jesus is not only necessary, but enough. List some burdens that you can roll on His broad shoulders.