Where do you dwell? Today we're breaking down Psalm 37:3. After spending Monday musing and meditating over this verse, I think it only fair to spend today studying it.
The NKJV says it like this: "Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and feed on His faithfulness."
But the KJV puts it like this: "Trust in the LORD, and do good so shalt though dwell in the land and verily thou shalt be fed."
Looks like we need to pull out…
Key Words: "good" "dwell" "feed on His faithfulness"
Trust in the Lord. Trust defined by the dictionary is: "assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something"
But what is good? It's a broad word.
"Good" in the Hebrew is "towb" meaning, "pleasing, agreeable (to the senses" it means to be pleasing, be joyful, be beneficial." (from the root word)
So we could say, "Rely on God and His character, ability, strength and His truth and be joyful and beneficial…"
What exactly does it mean to dwell? Off the top of my head, I would say live. But it actually means something else.
"Dwell" in Hebrew is "shakan" and it means to "settle down, abide" and the root word of "shakan" is "shakab" which means "to lie down, to rest, to relax"
Reminds me a little of David's Psalm, "you make me lie down in green pastures."
And what of land? Well, the Psalmist might be referring to Canaan--the promised land. However, we can't all just pick up and move on in over there. So it must mean more than just that particular piece of land. Right?
It can also mean land in general or the whole earth.
And our last key word before we put it all together is that phrase "feed on his faithfulness" or in the KJV, "thou shalt be fed"
The Hebrew word for this phrase is "ra'ah" meaning, "to pasture, to tend, to graze, to shepherd.
So we could say, "Rely on God and His character, ability, strength and His truth and be joyful and beneficial and you will abide and be able to relax on this earth and be fed as sheep in a pasture, tended by a good shepherd."
We live in a land that is full of uncertainty, chaos, violence, disease, death, grief and the list goes on.
Proverbs 3:5 says, "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding."
I'm so glad that's there, because when it comes to this earth and what happens in it, I don't understand. But I don't have to. And neither do you. We are to trust the LORD in every sense of the meaning.
This scripture in the Psalms is like a sandwich. It begins with a command to trust and what? do good. Be beneficial and joyful. Romans 12:2 says, "Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with doing good."
God knows the place we live can suck the joy right out of us. He knows we need to trust Him and He speaks that first, and then we're plopped into the land to dwell. But…the hope and promise is in the last part of the verse.
You shall be fed i.e. taken care of, provided for, able to rest and abide because someone is looking out for you and caring for you.
John 10:11 (Jesus speaking) says, "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep."
I can trust a shepherd who laid down His life for me. And so can you.
He is faithful!
Practical application: Trust God to take care of you in an uncertain world. Relax. Be joyful. He is the good Shepherd.
What is one of your go-to scriptures when you are in uncertain times and need to be reminded you can trust God?
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