Psalm 37:5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
"Commit" -- This word has various meanings in the Bible. It is used in the sense of doing something, committing an injustice or a sin, an evil deed. Another meaning is that of consignment. We commit something for safe keeping, we put it into the hands of somebody, trust that person with it, then we leave it with that person, knowing it is well taken care of.
Our assurance that all is well taken care of, safe and secure depends upon the person to whom we have committed or consigned a matter. If the character of the person is questionable, anxiety and worry would rightly disturb our peace because our committal might miscarry and result in our loss. If the person is trustworthy, reliable in every way, able and mighty to handle our affairs, we give the matter no thought whatever and say, "It is safe in his hands."
The meaning of the word, "commit" in Psalm 37:5, "Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him," means just this. Consign your ways, all your burdens, all your cares, all your little and big troubles, and everything else, your failures and mistakes, unto the Lord. Place them into His hands. He is more than trustworthy; He loves us and His interest and mercy are infinite. He has all power. He knows how to handle everything. He has given us the assuring promises that He will care for us, that He will honor us as we honor Him by our implicit trust. All is safe in His hands; there is no reason why, as we commit all unto Him, we should not have perfect peace. "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee because he trusted in Thee. Trust ye in the Lord forever, for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength." (Isaiah 26:3,4)
And such was the blessed life of our Lord in His humiliation. All was put by Him into the Father's hands. "When He suffered he threatened not but committed Himself to Him that judgeth righteously." (1 Peter 2:23) He could rest in perfect peace as He slumbered in the little ship while the storm raged and the ship filled with water. He knew He was in His Father's hands, under His care, as He lived that holy life of trust. And when He had finished His work the Father gave Him to do, He committed His spirit into the Father's hands.
But if we commit all into His hands we must be restful about it, never questioning His love, nor His wisdom. Let us remember that in the thirty-seventh Psalm the command, "Commit thy way unto the Lord," is followed by "rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him." (Verse 7) We must not doubt. "He that waivereth is like a wave of the sea, driven with the wind and tossed." (James 1:6)
Many Christians fear what they have placed into God's hands. They are nervous about what they have put in His hands; they entertain doubts and fears. They still worry about how all things will turn out. When we have committed our burdens and cares, our perplexities and problems to Him, knowing they are His now, and that He will take care, then worry and anxiety should cease and we should not be anxious for anything. We should learn to say, "It is in His hands and that is enough."
Written by A.C. Gaebelein Originally published in Our Hope Magazine, 1922 Modified for the Web by Cobblestone Road Ministries