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Rolling On With the Lord

"Commit your way to the LORD,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it."
Psalm 37:5

The word "commit" ("galal" Heb.) means to "roll with" or "roll on with". In this case, we are to "roll on our way with the Lord". This implies a unity of action between a man or woman of faith and his or her God as one travels through life. As we choose our course, we do so with the Lord; our decisions are made out of our determination to stay with the Lord. We are "rolling on" with Him as one through whatever course of our lives take. It is an interesting figure describing a real relationship between God and man.

There are very positive results of "rolling on with the Lord" suggested in the context of the verse.

1. I am stronger than my enemies - if you gauge strength by the measure of who will last longer (Psalm 37:1,2). This is the inevitable, eternal conclusion in the King's universe. Victory is eternal.

2. "Rolling with the Lord" means living on the earth and spending my days doing that which is good and right as I live by a higher standard, and hopefully spread the seeds of faithfulness (Psalm 37:3). The Day will come when the faithful will be vindicated and the justness and righteousness of their cause will be obvious to all (Psalm 37:6).

3. But in the meantime, what do we do when the wicked seem to prosper as they mock and ridicule? Well, the answer is that I wait patiently for the Lord, confident of the final and abundant blessings He has in store (Psalm 37:7-11).

4. But also, sometimes the righteous have been severely persecuted even unto death. What then? We maintain our confidence that the Lord will do the just thing and that there will be an accounting for the evil done to the faithful (Psalm 37:12-15)

And now listen the Psalmist's righteous conclusion:

Better is the little of the righteous
Than the abundance of many wicked. (Psalm 37:16)

It is better to live righteously and, if need be, have a little for a short time, taking refuge in the Rock and waiting for the victory to be brought by the King. Those who "roll on with the Lord" will not be disappointed!

"The LORD knows the days of the blameless,
And their inheritance will be forever."
(Psalm 37:18).

By Jon W. Quinn
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From Expository Files 17.2;  January 2010