“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.”
I’ve been thinking a lot recently about how important it is to put all my trust in God. And it’s becoming clear that I’ve been trying to sneak by with giving Him some, or maybe most of it on a good day. That’s not enough. David’s writing reveals a man who lived a life of trust.
This passage is an important reminder to me about a couple of truths about trust: it is our decision (God will never force us to have faith) and it leads to provision (God is always faithful to take care of His people). David’s trust brought him the double blessing of peace and a heart brimming with worship.
Those blessings are available to every believer, but they only come when we let go of trying to control, of fear that God won’t come through, or of a stubborn independent streak. I’ve been guilty of all three on occasion, and so have missed out on a lot of peace along the way!
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“There is a false boldness for Christ that only comes from pride. A man may rashly expose himself to the world’s dislike and even deliberately provoke its displeasure, and yet do so out of pride… True boldness for Christ transcends all; it is indifferent to the displeasure of either friends or foes. Boldness enables Christians to forsake all rather than Christ, and to prefer to offend all rather than to offend Him.”
“I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.”
“Uncertainty as to our relationship with God is one of the most enfeebling and dispiriting of things. It makes a man heartless. It takes the pith out of him. He cannot fight; he cannot run. He is easily dismayed and gives way. He can do nothing for God. But when we know that we are of God, we are vigorous, brave, invincible. There is no more quickening truth than this of assurance.”
“The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.”
That is such a wonderful truth. When the unrest in the world agitates me, these words settle my spirit. When I face challenges that are out of my control, this verse helps me release the urge to bulldoze my way to a solution.
Paul wrote it as part of a passage instructing the Corinthian church in their behavior during services. But I connect the idea with how we are to live in daily life as well. If we are, as someone said, representatives for God here on Earth, then we need to reflect His character.
So how do we live this out, especially in times like now when we see chaos on almost every side? I’ve thought a lot about another letter Paul sent, this one to Rome. In it He urged: “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”(Romans 12:18)
It sounds like a small step. But the more we make this choice as we go through our days, the more God’s grace will impact those around us. And we know how our Lord can multiply what we give in offering!
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“I’ve read the last page of the Bible. It’s all going to turn out all right.”
“Listen, I tell you a mystery. We will not all sleep but we will all be changed – in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet… Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!”
“I find myself frequently depressed – perhaps more so than any other person here. And I find no better cure for that depression than to trust in the Lord with all my heart, and seek to realize afresh the power of the peace-speaking blood of Jesus, and His infinite love in dying upon the cross to put away all my transgressions.”
Charles H. Spurgeon
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
I know from personal experience how overwhelming depression can feel, and how complicated it can seem. When battling depression in my younger years, I learned about the physical and mental aspects of it – both are very real and I learned a lot about how to help myself.
It wasn’t until I started a relationship with Jesus, though, that I saw that spiritual health is in the mix too. And our Lord is strong and gentle enough to guide us in all three areas. He may heal someone instantly, but more often He’ll take us through a process.
The two biggest steps God has shown me in this are looking up and looking out. I began to meditate more on Scriptures about the grace of God. He says I have worth and shows me His amazing love, and my mood can’t help but lift a little. Then He teaches me to find ways I can share what I’ve been given with someone else who needs it, and I forget myself for a while.
He truly is our Great Physician who knows our deepest needs.
“I am Thy servant to do Thy will, and that will is sweeter to me than position or riches or fame, and I choose it above all things on Earth or in Heaven.”
“For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”
“If all men are offended because of Christ, let them be offended; but where is the sense of their being offended at something that is not Christ and is nothing like him? We do him singularly little honor by watering down his personality till it could not offend a fly. Surely it is not the business of the Church to adapt Christ to men, but to adapt men to Christ.”
Dorothy L. Sayers
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.”
“Many things are possible for the person who has hope. Even more is possible for the person who has faith. And still more is possible for the person who knows how to love. But everything is possible for the person who practices all three virtues.”
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
“The hope that God has provided for you is not merely a wish. Neither is it dependent on other people, possessions, or circumstances for its validity. Instead, biblical hope is an application of your faith that supplies a confident expectation in God’s fulfillment of His promises. Coupled with faith and love, hope is part of the abiding characteristics in a believer’s life.”
John C. Broger
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”