Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.

Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37: 3, 4

 

Sometimes where we are is where we should be, and what we are doing is the very thing that will bring fulfillment to us and put a smile on God’s face. The job that we have, the city where we live, and especially the relationships that we are engaged in are usually gifts from Him. What we do with them, and how we act while doing it are the things that we get to choose.

 

David is telling us that we need to embrace God’s view of life, for the Lord wants us to trust Him enough to go deep into our world, to get to know the people who live there, and to let them know us. When he says that we should dwell in the land, David is telling us that God wants us to take up residence in our world in a well-invested and deeply committed manner. We need to demonstrate our faithfulness to involvement in people’s lives. This is the way that Christ interacts with me, and this is the way that the Lord wants me to demonstrate Him in my community. When we bring love, compassion, grace, and humility to our neighborhoods, we share the Lord with our neighbors in real and understandable ways.

 

This all starts with trust and with focus. We need to trust God to equip and to protect us, and we can count upon Christ to produce the outcome as we go out into our world without the defense mechanisms that we might normally employ. We need to turn our hearts and our minds toward Christ and keep Him and His love clearly in view so that the real purpose and Christ’s motivation for our actions stay continually defined. Thus, as we delight in the Lord and allow Him access to our hearts and as we live openly in faith and trust in our community, God brings joy, peace, and fulfillment to us. Also, our world will become a better place as one person here and another there come to know the source of peace and love that does change everything. With the Christ’s purpose in mind and His presence in my life, this land is my perfect dwelling place.