Choose to delight, not to fret

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Bettie Marlowe
Posted 11/17/17

In the Psalms, we are often told to rejoice, praise God, make a joyful noise. Thanksgiving is a theme that runs through not only the Psalms, but the entire Bible.

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Choose to delight, not to fret

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In the Psalms, we are often told to rejoice, praise God, make a joyful noise. Thanksgiving is a theme that runs through not only the Psalms, but the entire Bible.

That's hard to do if the joy is not in the soul, or it has been stolen away with the cares of this life. But we can choose to delight instead of fret. We can choose to praise God instead of grumbling. Or we can choose to do nothing and not get hurt by circumstances.

Clouds come in life. And most of the time, we think of them as gloom and doom. But think, clouds can bring needed rain, shade, respite from heat – and ultimately, a rainbow. Clouds are a reminder that God is watching over us. Remember how the children of Israel were led by a cloud.

Does fear keep us out of the blessings of a “cloud?” Does fear keep us from meeting the One who is in the cloud and who wants us to trust Him? Or shall we just stay with the “status quo,” and trust nothing we don’t understand.

Fear will kill our confidence and faith. Fear will paralyze us. Fear will steal thanksgiving from our hearts. 

One day in July, a farmer sat in front of his shack, smoking his corncob pipe. Along came a stranger who asked, “How’s your cotton coming?” 

“Ain’t got none,” was the answer. “Didn’t plant none. ’Fraid of the boll weevil.” 

“Well, how’s your corn?” 

“Didn’t plant none. ’Fraid o’ drought.” 

“How about your potatoes?” 

“Ain’t got none. Scairt o’ tater bugs.” 

The stranger finally asked, “Well, what did you plant?” 

“Nothin’,” answered the farmer. “I just played it safe.” 

In Psalm 73, we receive wise instructions — some “do nots” and some “do's”: Fret not; be not envious; trust, do good, delight thyself in the Lord, commit thy way unto the Lord, rest, wait, cease from anger and forsake wrath … No less than three times in eight verses, we are told to "fret not.”

Why? because fretting shows a lack of trusting in God. And not to trust Him is not to please Him. The right way to go is to trust, delight thyself, commit thy way unto the Lord, again, trust; don't get impatient, cease from anger and forsake wrath. Let thanksgiving rule our thoughts.

When a man is in trouble, he is in no condition to think clearly. While he's fretting, he cannot think on good things – he has the wrong perspective.

By delighting yourself in the Lord and focusing on Jesus, everything else will fall into place. Priorities will be rearranged. You’ll be amazed how different everything is.

How good it feels to surrender everything to God. Trust Him and get on with the business of living in such a way that your life will be a testimony to your faith to Him, no matter in what circumstances you find yourself.

Jesus is in your cloud. Enter with faith, and understanding will be revealed in your soul. Enter the gates with thanksgiving in your heart — there you will find joy and contentment.

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