WHO DO YOU TRUST?

February 09, 2023

WHO DO YOU TRUST?


How blessed is the man who has made the Lord his trust. (Psalm 40:4)

There are two categories of people in the world: those who trust God and those who do not. Faith means to believe, to depend upon, to rely on, to look to.

You can check your trust level by answering one simple question: How much do you pray? If you can go a day, a week, or a year without ever really praying, it’s a clear indication that you think you can handle life yourself. That you feel you don’t need God. That you are trusting in yourself and your own resources. This decision is fatal.

The Psalmist, in Psalm 40, reminds us of the many reasons we can trust God.

HE CAN DO ANYTHING

Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders which You have done. (Vs. 5a)

God is limitless in His capacity and power. No one else can provide and protect as He. He alone created the world and all that is in it. Can He not take care of you? Why would you look anywhere else for what only He can provide?

HE IS THINKING ABOUT US AND HAS PLANS FOR US

Your thoughts toward us, there is none to compare with You. (Vs. 5b)

God is thinking about you. This is one of the most striking realities. We are sinful and broken and have failed the Lord repeatedly. But we are in His mind like a perfect Father thinks of his prodigal. And He has plans for us that are good and not evil all the days of our life. No one is more perfectly concerned for us than God.

HE LOVES US

You, O LORD, will not withhold Your compassion from me. (Vs. 11a)

God is perfect in compassion, and He does not withhold that love from us. The reason He does what He does toward us is because He is what He is.

HIS TRUTH AND LOVINGKINDNESS SAVE US

Your lovingkindness and Your truth will continually preserve me. (Vs. 11b)

The world around us (and the Devil who rules it) is filled with lies. God is truth, and that truth is what preserves us. He is not only loving but is kind, and this lovingkindness keeps watch over us. This couplet of His character—truth and kindness—protects us.

HE ALONE CAN DELIVER AND HELP US

Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me. Make haste, O LORD, to help me. (Vs. 13)

No one can save us from ourselves and the onslaught of the world’s vain philosophies and the attack of our enemy. God is our only Savior. He alone can help us in the way that we most desperately need it.

All these reasons and a thousand more are why the Psalmist proclaimed his joy in following God. In trusting Him and obeying Him. Trusting God was not a duty for him but a delight.

I delight to do Your will, O my God. Your Law is within my heart. (Vs. 8)

The greatest among us and the most blessed are those who understand the character of our great God and gladly, continually trust Him.

 





Also in Graceful Truth

THE REFRESHMENT OF PLEASANT WORDS
THE REFRESHMENT OF PLEASANT WORDS

February 16, 2024

Some people consistently speak "pleasant words." This doesn't mean they're always gentle words or not strong people. But their words are kind, gracious, cheerful, and delightful to hear. Pleasant words.

Continue Reading

OVERCOMING FEAR
OVERCOMING FEAR

February 15, 2024

Paul was afraid as he ministered in the city of Corinth. The reason we can believe this is because Jesus doesn't waste words. He comes to him in Acts 18 with an encouragement that addresses his fear.

Continue Reading

THE END RESULT FOR “RELIGIOUS BUT FOOLISH” MEN AND WOMEN
THE END RESULT FOR “RELIGIOUS BUT FOOLISH” MEN AND WOMEN

February 14, 2024

The church is often, sadly, a microcosm of the world. Many churches contain both wise and foolish men and women. Jesus was the one who declared that there would be both “wheat and tares” even in the church, i.e., people who were genuine believers and those who professed to be believers but were not.

Continue Reading