In God We Trust

Psalm 56:3 “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You”

Not always easy, but we must! An old song comes to mind; “Trust in the Lord and don’t despair”. There are times though when our level of trust drops and we begin to despair. David had an experience like this. In 1 Samuel 27:1 David says “Now I shall perish one day by the hand of Saul”.

He said it “in his heart”. He was at an all-time low. He was anointed to be King; he had seen the hand and power of God in his life but now he is in danger of losing his trust. But as we look into his life we find that he overcame his doubts, his trust was restored and he was able to say “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in you”. In fact, in the Book of Psalms the word ‘trust’ is used well over 100 times, mostly by David. It was his experience of despair, bordering on depression that led him to the place of uncompromising trust. Later in life, he was able to affirm “Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion which cannot be shaken” Psalm 125:1.

What can we do in order to maintain our trust? Here are three suggestions.

1. Learn to think with heavenly logic. Remember that God’s thoughts are not our thoughts. Isaiah 55:6-9. The way David was thinking at that moment seems like he was planning for perishing, but God had greater plans. In God’s plan, he was in training for reigning! Remember that God “uses the weak things of this world to put to shame the things that are mighty” 1 Corinthians 1:27.

2. Develop an optimistic viewpoint. On this occasion, David is the victim of pessimistic thought. “One day I shall perish by the hand of Saul”. Based on God’s promises, he had no grounds for thinking like that. In fact, two years later, Saul was dead and David was King. David’s anointing to be King had been confirmed over and over again, even by his enemy, King Saul; but now his doubts were casting a shadow over his trust.

3. Maintain your sense of destiny. Perishing is not our destiny. God’s word tells us that because of our faith in Christ we “shall not perish, but have eternal life” John 3:16. In Christ, we are people of destiny “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” 1 Peter 2:9.

What are you saying in your heart today? Be encouraged and “be confident of this very thing, that He that has begun a good work in you will surely complete it…” Philippians 1:6.

Be blessed as you trust.


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