Today is the ninth day of the eighth month of this glorious year. The number 8, according to bible numerology, is representative of new beginnings. I don’t know about you but I like the sound of that. The fact that I have a new beginning in Christ and that God loves me enough to grace me with a fresh start over and over again makes me want to leap up in joy and dance. I love a fresh start; a new year, a new month, a new chapter, a new day. I have yet another shot at having faith the size of a mustard seed. That faith is all I need to walk with my head held high.
How has 2016 been to you thus far? How is your walk with God? Are you enjoying an intimate friendship with God or is He a distant acquaintance? Mine has been a rewarding year so far and I intend to commit the rest of the year to delighting in God.
Currently, I’m renewing my connection with God by doing a month-long study of the book of Psalms. It is in this very book that we see David, a man after God’s own heart, cry out and say,
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. [Psalms 51:10-12]
We are well aware of the garbage that surrounds and threatens to get into our heads and hearts. We also know that the heart is the seat of all wickedness. It is imperative that we strive to walk daily in devotion; otherwise it will be garbage upon heaps of garbage.
There is a confidence that comes with walking with God, a joy in the privilege of His presence; a restfulness in the face of life and its many rigours: be it decision making, trials or dilemmas. There is a wisdom that comes with knowing and fearing the Lord. A glow of salvation on the face of he/she who trusts God.
I desire to walk in God’s purpose. I desire to delight in His salvation and in Him.
What fresh start do you desire today?
Share your thoughts.
Scripture Focus: Psalms
Ours is not a blind kind of trust. These are some of the benefits we receive when we confide in the One True God:
Defence: But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them.(5:11)
Blessings: O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.(34:8)
O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.(84:12)
Salvation and Deliverance: Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them.(17:7)
And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust Him.(37:40)
Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them. They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded. He trusted on the Lord that He would deliver him, seeing he delighted in Him.(22:4-5,8)
O Lord my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me.(7:1)
Great rejoicing: For our hearts shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name.(33:21)
My heart trusted in Him, therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth.(28:7)
Goodness: Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!(31:19)
Mercy: Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about.(32:10)
Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee.(57:1)
Declaration of good works: But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.(73:28)
Preservation of your soul: Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.(86:2)
Your soul is kept: O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.(25:20)
You are helped: And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust Him.(37:40)
You will not be forsaken: And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.(9:10)
You will not be confounded: They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.(22:5)
You will not be shamed: In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed.(31:1)
Your enemies will not face triumph: O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed: let not mine enemies triumph over me.(25:2)
You will not be confused: In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.(71:1)
You will not face destruction: But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.(55:23)
We stand to gain more than we can ever imagine through claiming His Word for every area of our lives.
The book of Psalms is immensely insightful in the area of trust. Trust is complete confidence in a person or plan, certainty based on past experiences or the trait of believing in the reliability and honesty of someone. Trust is to allow without fear. All these definitions will provide a good background as we learn more about trusting God through the Psalms.
Short Overview on the Book of Psalms:
Psalms is synonymous with praise and worship, intimacy, honesty, complete dependence and a hunger for God. When I lack words, I turn to the Psalms for a prayer. Whatever the situation, Psalms addresses it. Prayers for salvation from internal and external affliction abound. It is a crystal representation of what we go through in our daily lives: troubles, sin, defeat, wickedness, sickness, enemies, liars, false friends, pride and many other dangers. We can all relate to this at one point or another in our lives. Yet again, as much as there are dangers and snares and what not, there are many chapters dedicated to praising God. That yes: in as much
as we are faced with temptations, we have innumerable reasons to trust in God.
The beauty of Scripture, amongst many others, is that we need not seek truth elsewhere. The Lord instructs and teaches us out of His law[Ps94:12]. The reality of our lives is right there. It is rebuke,
discipline, correction and training in righteousness[2Tim3:16]; relevant for today as it was in the days of old; active and sharper than any double edged sword[Heb4:12].
Trust is a foundational part of our Christian faith.
The psalmist would not sincerely question God if he didn’t think he would get an answer. He would not sincerely trust God if he didn’t think God could be trusted. He would not sincerely praise God if he didn’t think he had reason(s) to praise. We aren’t trusting in a false hope, fiction or fallacy.
GOD IS OUT TRUST[Ps71:5].
So, please put into consideration this five-sided perspective of trust(we will look at this in upcoming posts):
- Things to do as you trust God.
- How your life will look like when you trust God.
- Reasons to trust God.
- Alternatives that we often trust.
- What you will be like when you trust God.
” Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him, I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with Him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation. “