do good; dwell in the land and feed on faithfulness.  –Psalm 37:3b

While touring Mother Teresa’s work in Calcutta, Senator Mark Hatfield asked her, “How can you bear the load without being crushed by it?”

Her response was, “My dear Senator, I am not called to be successful, but faithful.”

How can you be faithful?

1.  The answer is feed on it.   When “doing good” by learning to lean on Christ, you will  experience His faithfulness and be nourished to stand firm in the “unsuccessful times”:  those times when what you see does not line up with what you hoped for, planned for, worked for or expected.  This Psalm of David gives us the process – the action steps to keep us on track.  Doing good is number one.

2.  Delight yourself also in the Lord (Psalm 37:4a).  In the doing of good, take delight.  Lean on Christ; you may experience a pang of guilt or hear voices occasionally accusing you of irresponsibility, but hold fast and remember who is the author of false guilt and the accuser of the brethren.  Is it not Satan!  Allow yourself to delight in the pleasure of God’s presence.  His power will overcome the enemy.

3.  …He shall give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4b).  Your destiny shall be found in the desire of your heart which is birthed in revelation and brought into manifestation by Him.

4.   God is faithful, and He expects His people to be faithful.  “God’s Word speaks of faithful servants, faithful in a few things, faithful in the least, faithful in the Lord, faithful ministers.  All points to that day when He will say, ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant’”  (Vance Havner).