1. In verse 3, the action word is"trust."
T Take the gift of salvation (Conversion)
Having been created by God for His glory (Rev 4:11), my sins have separated me from the original fellowship with man and God in the garden of Eden prior to disobedience (Isaiah 59:2). But God demonstrated His love by sending His Son to pay the penalty for my sin. I accept that payment, by a prayer of repentance and faith (Acts 20:21). He wraps me in the robes of Christ's righteousness (Isa. 61:10) and makes me a new creation in Him.
2. In verse 4, the action word is "delight."
R Rejoice in Jesus alone. (Meditation)
God has placed a new song of joy and praise in my mouth (Psalm 40:3). He, the God of hope gives me peace and joy (Romans 15:13). He is my sun and shield, giving grace and glory (Psalm 84:11). He has promised me that His very thoughts toward me are of peace (Jeremiah 84:11).
What reasons for joy!!
3. In verse 5, the action word is "commit."
U Unleash your life (Submission)
The awesome realization that my times are in God's hands changes my entire outlook on the future (Psalm 31:15). He has formed me, and has power over me, Therefore my commitment is unto Him, alone (Romans 9:20-21). As I forget the things of the past, reaching forth to the things which are before, i am able to press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14). Then, and only then, will I pray the prayer of Christ in the Garden, and using the 'nevertheless' principle, yield my will to the will of the Father (Luke 23:42).
4. In verse 7a, the action word is "rest."
S Sacrificially Submit / Serve (Application)
I know positional peace with God, having been justified by faith (Romans 5:1), therefore His practical peace that passes all understanding abides in my heart (Philippians 4:7). My purpose in living is to enjoy the believer's rest of obedience to God and service to others (Matthew 22:37-39). My steps are defined and determined by the "righteous rails" of the Scriptures (Psalm 119:133), and the light of Christ shines forth so that others glorify God (Matthew 5:16).
5. In verse 7b, the action word is "wait."
T Total responsibility on God (Confidence)
Understanding that my sovereign Lord is is always working out the counsel of His will (Ephesians 1:11), I am personally responsible and accountable simply to please Him in all that I do, with implicit confidence in His perfect ways (Romans 14:12).
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