“Roll on Jehovah thy way, And trust upon Him, and He worketh…” — Psalms 37:5 YLT98
“Commit your way to the Lord; trust also in Him, and He will bring it to pass.” —Psalms 37:5, MEV
When this verse popped up in my lectio divina, it was the Modern English Version: commit your way to the Lord, and He will bring it to pass. It’s a lovely promise, and I like it very well, but to be honest: in my lifetime I’ve committed many things to the Lord which He did not bring to pass, although I trusted in Him.
Still I know His words are true, so either it was operator error (entirely possible) or I was misunderstanding what this verse means (even more probable). So, I looked it up in the Young’s Literal Translation, which far as I know does its best — or did its best back in the day when it was written — to translate literally each word or phrase.
And what do I find? “Roll on Jehovah thy way.” Now this is quite different than “commit your way to the Lord.” This to me sounds as if Jehovah is my Way, and I’m to roll along him. This makes much more sense to me actually. Especially since I have come into this new and intimate communion with Christ.
Today on my journey with Jesus, I find that he is my portion as the old hymn says… He is what I want. His love is the ocean in which I swim; he is the foundation upon which I stand. Like Saint Patrick, I know that Jesus is before, behind, above, below, beside and within me. Any way upon which I roll is Jesus.
So when we consider this verse as saying “roll along Jesus as your way,” then it does in fact keep its promise: as you journey with him, he works in, around and through you. He is the way you’re going, and nothing can derail that promise.