Scripture focus: Jeremiah 29:13
I recently walked into a bookshop in search of a book that would speak to me. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted at that point but I knew that I would know it when I see it. So I scanned and scanned and saw a few titles that brought me back to sanity. First off, there is a sea of authors and titles out there. There were innumerable titles on ‘devotion’, and I thought to myself, ‘Why not go and actually spend time with the Lord instead of reading about it? Why not just step into the actual activity without having to read 67 ways of how to do it? Why not just do what you can in your capacity?’ We don’t give ourselves enough credit. I then realised that I didn’t need a book. What I needed was to spend time with my Maker. Another thing, there’s so much information and there are plenty of online resources. It’s all well and good to have a community of believers in the blogging/writing/vlogging ministries. But I’d encourage us to grow our relationship with the Lord first rather than rush to sign up for yet another plan, yet another email list etc. Let us stick with the basics by allowing the Holy Spirit to minister to us first.
This hit me hard: The only way to grow in your walk is, not to read books upon books or blogs upon blogs, but to experience the Lord for yourself through consistent prayer, Bible study and fasting.
Ask. Seek. Knock.
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. “