To live life in this world it takes trust. Think about all the things you place your trust in on any given day. If you’re like me it begins by trusting that your phone’s alarm will go off at the correct time so you don’t oversleep. From there you trust that the food you eat for breakfast was produced in a way that will not make you sick when you eat it. You get in your car and you trust its mechanisms to function properly to get you where you need to go safely, and on and on it goes. It isn’t just things we place our trust in. We also place our trust in relationships we have with people. Friendships and certainly marriages require great trust. Trust is not just a one-time decision either; trust is cultivated and grown over time and it makes relationships strong. The same is true of our relationship with God. One of the major themes of the Psalms, this one included, is trust. But, not just trust in anything or anyone, but trust in The Lord.
This Psalm would have been sung as an expression of confidence in The Lord, but also as a way to continually cultivate that complete trust in Him that they desperately needed. Throughout the Psalm we see several variations of “enemies” that come against God’s people and threaten to destroy them. Time after time God’s people are reminded to place their trust in the Lord for their salvation, to seek His face, to know His ways, and find their refuge in Him; no matter what enemy they might face. They needed this reminder to nurture their trust in the Lord and not give their trust to anyone or anything else in times of attack.
The same is true of God’s people today. As difficulties arise in our lives, sin tries to creep in, the devil begins to attack, we must place our hope and trust in the Lord alone. We are tempted to trust in so many other things and people when the enemy comes. One of the ways we ensure that happens is to daily cultivate trust in the Lord. So, how do we do that? David tells us a few things in his Psalm: to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord, to seek the Lord, and to wait on Him.
Take time today to reflect and recite your confidence in the Lord for who He is and what He has done.
Why have you trusted Him in the past? Why will you trust Him in the future? Use your own words and God’s own Word. Begin by praying through this Psalm. Find time to worship Christ today through song. Choose a song that expresses great confidence and trust in Christ. Take an opportunity to give sacrificially today exercising your complete trust in the Lord to provide. Finally, remind yourself of the gospel and the assurance you have that ultimate deliverance of sin and death is yours because of Jesus. The gospel gives us the greatest reason of all to place our trust completely in the Lord knowing that He is faithful to keep His promises.
By: Matt Mofield