First Base Psalm 37:7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! (ESV)
Second Base Be Still – Be Patient – Be Happy!
Third Base Sliding headfirst into 3rd the batter added a triple to the two singles making him perfect at the plate 3 for 3. He would finish the night 3-4 flying out in his last at bat to deep left field. His performance that night would lead his Columbia Fireflies to a win over the Asheville Tourists 5-0. (Source: NY Post)
Home Plate Psalm 37 opens by telling us to fret not. Pastor Warren Wiersbe says, “the word translated “fret” means “to burn, to get heated up.” David’s message was, “Cool down and keep cool!” When we lose our cool due to circumstances surrounding us we take matters into our own hands which removes God from the picture. But the Psalmist says to Trust in the Lord (vs.3). A fretful heart is not a trusting heart, because it lacks joy and peace (Rom. 15:13). Faith and works go together and the best way to remain on course is to do good as we wait on the Lord (Ps 34:14; Luke 6:35; Gal. 6:10). When we delight ourselves in the Lord (V.4) are thoughts are on the Lord and not on the circumstances. Pastor Wiersbe reminds us. “the word translated “delight” comes from a root that means “to be brought up in luxury, to be pampered.” It speaks of the abundance of the blessings we have in the Lord Himself, totally apart from what He gives us.” So who is the ball player who went sliding headfirst into 3rd base – Tim Tebow. If there is any professional athlete who has had more controversy than Tim I do not know who that might be. If anyone has had a reason to be fretful and become discouraged it would be Tim. There are many sports writers who are critical of his love for sports and are campaigning for his eventual failure just so they can say “I told you so.” But Tim is ignoring the naysayers and keeping his eyes on the Lord. Fireflies’ manager Jose Leger said “Tim is just working hard, and we are going day by day.” Isn’t that the way we’re supposed to be living? Day-by-day? James 4:13-17 tells us we don’t know what tomorrow brings. So if we don’t fret but we Trust and Delight ourselves in the Lord then we are making a conscious effort to commit our ways to the Lord (V.5-6). Pastor Wiersbe says “the verb means “to roll off your burden” (1 Pet 5:7). God doesn’t take our burdens so that we can become irresponsible, but so we can serve Him better. Leger said “when a player gets a few hits and finds his rhythm at the plate, then confidence grows.” Our goal today is to “Be Still – Be patient – Be Happy!” Remember God’s timing is never early, and it’s never been late. God’s timing is always perfect (Ps 18:30; Gal 4:4).
Final Out Lord today I affirm that You do hear the cries of Your children and will answer those cries according to Your perfect will and timing for “A righteous man may have many troubles; the LORD delivers him from them all” (Psalm 34:19). The plans God has for His children are good plans – to help us, not hurt us (Jeremiah 29:11). I stand firm on your Word this day. Amen