Top 7 Bible Verses About Committing Your Works and Ways to the Lord

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If you are looking for Bible verses about committing your works and ways to the Lord, you have come to the right place.

The Bible contains a wealth of verses that address various aspects of surrendering our plans to the Lord. I wrote this article with your spiritual journey in mind, whether you are struggling with difficult decisions, looking to deepen your faith, in need of motivation, engaged in personal study, or looking for verses to share with others.

In this article, we will highlight the seven Bible verses about committing our works and ways to the Lord. We will also discuss their current relevance in our lives, including practical takeaways. As we traverse this spiritual landscape together, my aim is not merely to provide information but to impart wisdom that transforms, uplifts, and strengthens.

May this journey through the Word be a source of blessing and revelation, as together, we commit our works and ways to the Lord.

The following are some Bible verses that mention or are related to committing our works and ways to the Lord:

1. Proverbs 16:3, ESV

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. (Proverbs 16:3 ESV)

As explained in the previous comment, the term “commit” refers to the act of transferring something, most likely a burden, from one who is weak to someone who is stronger.

To “establish” means to make firm and secure, as explained in our article, Commit Your Works to the Lord.

What does “your plans will be established” mean? It means that your goals, ambitions, and dreams will come true because they are in line with God’s will.

Notice that the Bible says, “Your plans will be established.” Planning is a mental activity. It is your thoughts, not your works, that will be established.

This is how H. B. Charles Jr. describes it:

The proverb counsels you to commit your work to the Lord. But it does not assure your work will be established. The assurance is that your plans will be established. Here is clear proof this is the Lord’s doing! Only the Lord can establish your work. Moreover, only the Lord can establish the plans, aims, and goals that motivate your work.

H. B. Charles, Jr.

Insight from Proverbs 16:3

As a result, this verse invites us to “roll” or “transfer” our works to God. God is all-powerful, and He alone can make our work and plans firm or established.

2. Psalm 37:5, NKJV

Commit your way to the LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass. (Psalm 37:5 NKJV)

As previously stated, to “commit” means to “roll” or “pass on” a burden to someone stronger than you.

What does it mean to “commit your ways to the Lord”? It is to place our ambitions, plans, and goals in the hands of God—the stronger man.

It also means submitting our own desires and will to God’s judgment, trusting that His wisdom will guide us. (For a more in-depth examination of the meaning of the word “commit,” see our article, Commit Your Works to the Lord.)

The phrase “your way” refers to the path or course of life. And the “way” encompasses all aspects of human life.

“Trust also in Him” means to unreservedly yield yourself to God, confident that He will guide you. God’s people are not their own guides, nor are they solely responsible for themselves.

“He shall bring it to pass” means that whatever we have committed to God in faith will be fulfilled. God will see us through to a happy ending.

Insight from Psalm 37:5

Taken as a whole, this verse invites us to entrust our way to the Lord. He is the stronger man, and He will direct and bring our affairs to a successful conclusion.

Commit all your worries, sorrows, and flaws to the hands of the Lord. As Charles Haddon Spurgeon puts it,

Roll the whole burden of life upon the Lord. Leave with Jehovah not thy present fretfulness merely, but all thy cares; in fact, submit the whole tenor of thy way to him. Cast away anxiety, resign thy will, submit thy judgment, and leave all with the God of all.

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3. Proverbs 3:6, BSB 

In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:6 BSB)

The phrase “acknowledge Him in all your ways” means to “take note of” or “recognize” God in all your thoughts, speech, and actions. In his Notes on the Whole Bible, Albert Barnes explains:

Not in acts of solemn worship or great crises only, but “in all thy ways,” and then God will make the “path” straight and even.

Albert Barnes

“He will make your paths straight” in this context means that God will guide you and work out His purpose for your life.

Insight from Proverbs 3:6

Acknowledge God in all your works. Let him take precedence in everything you do.

When you make God a priority, you show faith that He is sufficient for the present and future.

4. 1 Peter 5:7, BSB

Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7 BSB)

This verse starts with the Greek verb epiripsantes, which means to “cast,” “throw upon,” “place upon,” and “give up to.”

The word cast, as used here, suggests that the decision and responsibility to cast your anxiety to God lie with you. The idea is that God is ready to bear your burden and care, but you have to act or take the initiative.

God is eager to bear your burden and concerns upon Himself. He is waiting for you to take the initiative.

The word here translated as “anxiety” in Greek is “merimnan.” Merimnan is also translated as worry, fear, and anxiety that distract, divide, and fracture a person’s being into parts.

It is a kind of anxiety that tears or affects the whole fabric of man.

The Greek word that is translated as care is melei. Melei also means “to be of interest” or “to concern.”

The point here is that God takes an interest in and concerns Himself with your well-being.

Insight from 1 Peter 5:7

Taken together, this verse is an invitation to intentionally place your worries on God.

God is ready to bear your anxieties, for He is interested in your good. He is ready to take responsibility and intervene in the things that make you anxious.

God regards your needs and graciously provides for them. This is the reason Christ, in Matthew 6:25–34, encourages His followers to not “take thought” or worry about their needs.

The very thought that God cares for you this much should trigger a love and faith response in your hearts.

5. Psalm 55:22, BSB 

Cast your burden upon the LORD, and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken. (Psalm 55:22 BSB)

Again, it is your responsibility to do the casting. Your role as a believer is not to bear the burden but to roll over your burden to the Lord. Cast all manner of cares, temptations, trials, and afflictions to God.

Insight from Psalm 55:22

“He will sustain you” means that the Lord will nourish and look after our physical, mental, and spiritual needs. There is no other way to calm your anxious hearts than to trust in the Lord’s providence.

6. Matthew 6:25, NKJV 

Therefore, I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

Christ encourages His followers to “not worry about your life.” The Greek word translated as “worry about” in this verse is merimnate.

Merimnate can also mean “to be over-anxious” or “to care for.” Merimnate is characterized by extreme anxiety about life, to the point of keeping you awake at night.

Christ is not opposed to industry, thought, or concerns. All of these are necessary for the sustenance and preservation of life.

What Christ is addressing here is excessive anxiety about the future. This anxiety manifests itself through desperate acts, leading to a loss of faith in God’s providence.

The anxiety to get rich divides and distracts the mind from God.

God gave us bodies, and we can rely on Him to clothe and feed them. God gave us life, and because life is priceless, we can trust him to provide and sustain it.

Insight from Matthew 6:25

Our preoccupation with life should not cause us to overlook both temporal and eternal life. The point is that no aspect of human life should be neglected.

This is the reason why we should commit our works to the Lord.

Once we have the God center in place, everything else will fall into place.

In the words of Christ, 

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33, KJV).

7. Psalm 16:8, BSB

I have set the Lord always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. (Psalm 16:8, BSB)

The psalmist begins with the words, “I have set the Lord always before me.”

What do the words “I have set the Lord always before me” signify? “To set the Lord always before me” means to live with a constant awareness of God’s presence and protection in your life. It is also to make the Lord your constant companion.

The first words “I have” denote the psalmist’s deliberate, conscious determination to “set the Lord always before” him.

It is a voluntary decision and a natural love reaction to divine revelation.

What does “He is at my right hand” mean? It means that God is near us, ready to protect and save us.

And, because the right hand is a more elevated position in Jewish culture, it implies that God is more elevated or takes precedence over everything we do.

What does “I will not be shaken” mean? It means nothing can move or overthrow his faith in God.

Even in the depths of his anguish, David remained unmoved because he had “set the Lord before him.”

Insight from Psalm 16:8

When we make God our priority, we can live victorious lives and excel in all areas.

We invite the Lord’s presence and blessings on our lives when we commit our works to Him.

Other Related Bible Verses about Committing Your Works and Way to the Lord

Proverbs 3:5, NKJV 

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;

Psalm 139:17, NKJV

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!

Jeremiah 9:23, NKJV

Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches;

1 Corinthians 1:31, NKJV

that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.”

Psalm 25:4, ESV

Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. 

Psalm 84:11, NKJV

For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly.

Philippians 4:6, NKJV

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 

1 Kings 8:61, NKJV

Let your heart therefore be loyal to the Lord our God, to walk in His statutes and keep His commandments, as at this day.” 

Luke 9:62, NKJV

But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” 

Psalms 94:19, KJV

In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul

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