Happy New Year! Aren’t you thankful for a fresh start when a new year rolls around? As I look back over 2020, I’m so thankful for all that God did—He delivered us, He kept us, and He continually proved His faithfulness to us. Normally, I’m eager to put a year behind me, and while I’m expectant for the supernatural in 2021, I’m in the place of great peace, knowing that God is at work, and He is TRUE TO HIS WORD!
Psalm 37 is a familiar passage of Scripture that I have taught from for many years. Although it’s been a key Scripture in helping me locate God’s direction for my life (God placing desires in my heart), today it is speaking to me in light of current events and circumstances. I encourage you to read the entire chapter because over and over, it talks about the righteous prevailing and inheriting the land.
Notice these four words…Trust, Delight, Commit, and Rest. Hebrews 4 tells us that there is a rest that is available for the people of God, and that we are to work to enter into that rest. The way that we work to enter that rest is found in these first instructions of Psalm 37…trust in the Lord, Delight in the Lord, and Commit to the Lord.
- Trust in the Lord. While trust and faith generally mean the same thing, there is definitely a difference between the two, and both are essential in the life of the believer. Faith is based on God’s Word. For example, if you’re in need of healing, faith will grab hold of a specific Word from God such as I Peter 2:24, By His stripes I am healed. Trust, however, is based on God’s nature and character. Trust comes into action when you don’t know what is going on in the world around you, but because you know God’s nature and character, you can be confident and at rest, knowing that everything is going to be all right. The past year 2020 has been one when we’ve seen Satan extremely active at trying to thwart the plan of God in the earth, yet all along, we’ve been able to trust Him because we know His nature. As it turns out, He’s kept every one of His promises and remained faithful through it all.
- Delight thyself also in the Lord. How do you delight yourself in the Lord? Psalm 1 tells us that we delight ourselves in the Lord by delighting in the law of the Lord, so it all goes back to delighting in the Word. As you go forth into 2021, it’s vital that you set aside a time every single day to spend time in the Word. And when you approach the Word, expect to hear from Him. If you’ll give God the opportunity to speak to you, He will, but you must make time to hear from Him. For forty years now, I’ve been delighting in the Word. It has directed me and spoken to me, leading me into a supernatural and abundant life, yet I would have never reached this place if I hadn’t taken the time to allow the Word to change me. When it comes to delighting in the Word, give God enough time to affect the way you think. He wants more for you than you want for yourself, but it’s going to require your time and attention.
- Commit thy way to the Lord. Committing and delighting are two sides to the same coin. It’s one thing to get enthusiastic about something but committing to it is the other part. You’ll not enter the rest of God until delighting and committing are fulfilled. Did you know that good habits and bad habits are formed the same way? People form bad habits all the time by doing the same thing over and over. On the other hand, a good habit is formed by doing the same thing over and over again. A commitment is something you do when you feel like it and when you don’t. Feelings and circumstances should never play into a commitment. During 2020 I saw many people get out of the habit of going to church, but friend, now is not the time to not be in church. I strongly encourage you to re-commit to going to church! God reserves special things for His people when they are gathered together.
- Rest in the Lord. When you establish these first three principles—trusting in the Lord, delighting in His Word, and committing to Him—you will be able to confidently enter into the rest that only comes from Him. No matter who is in office, what the news media is saying, the threats from the disease of the day, or the circumstances you are facing, there is a rest in God that is unexplainable to the natural man. When you lay your head down to sleep at night, you can know that God has your back, His Word is your shield and sword, and you can overcome every attack of the enemy.
Nearly every year I will write to you about writing the vision for yourself in the New Year. But these principles that I’ve shared here are most important in beginning 2021. God was not caught off guard with what took place in 2020, and He knows exactly what is to come for you in 2021. Trust Him. Delight in His Word. Commit your way to Him. These three things will produce the rest that only He can give.