Praise in the Storm with Curt Ackerman

“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness! Commit your way to the Lord, trust Him to act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light and your justice as the noonday. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him. Fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over man who carries out evil devices!”

-Psalm 37: 3, 5-7

Two of my favorite sayings are “does it ever occur to you that nothing occurs to God?” And, “Don’t you realize there are no emergency committee meetings in the heavens?” In my short life on earth, there are few things I have found that rival the frustrations that accompany the many uncertainties of life and the earthly rewards often granted to those whom I feel are not acting out of love, faithfulness, and reverence to Christ Jesus. However, in the midst of these occasions that try my emotions and test my faith, I am fully aware that He is not surprised, shocked, nor discouraged by what is continuously clawing at our churches and society each and every day. I must always remember that there is but one author to this story and He loves those whom He shepherds.

To “trust” in the Lord requires much more that a glancing acknowledgment of His authority throughout the day. It requires a willingness to faithfully let go and trust in His plan to use whatever is before us to bring glory to His name. In Psalm 37: verses 3, 5-7, I hear David telling me to rest in the promise of God and allow His plan to materialize—not man’s. In God’s sovereignty, He allows, permits, instructs, enables, and refuses as He pleases and there is nothing that may thwart the covenant made with those whom call upon His name. It is not being suggested here that we “trust” and “commit” to the Lord, but rather commanded to do so in order for our righteousness to be fully illuminated to the world.

Lastly, I find great comfort and confidence in His instructions to not fret over the wicked, who succeed in their ways, all the while carrying out wicked schemes. This suppresses my emotional response to this world and replaces them with an understanding of His sovereign authority over all things. Ultimately, all things are made and meant for His glory alone. So, I will “trust,” I will “commit,” and I will “be still” knowing that the author of this book knows the beginning and ending of this story.