Trust in Him at All Times

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Reading the Word

Psalm 62:5–8 (ESV)

5 For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. 6 He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. 7 On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. 8 Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah

Understanding and Applying the Word

In times of trouble, it is God alone that we wait for. Notice how David describes God as he expresses his confidence. He calls God “my rock”, “my salvation”, “my fortress”, “my glory”, “my mighty rock”, and “my refuge”.

David understands who God is and that is the true source of his confidence in the midst of difficulty. As David declares his trust in God, he invites us to do the same. These words remind us of the words of our Savior in Matthew 28:18-20:

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”” (Matthew 28:18–20, ESV)

Let us live in confidence knowing that our Lord and Savior is always with us.

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For God Alone My Soul Waits

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Psalm 62:1–4 (ESV)

1 For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. 2 He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. 3 How long will all of you attack a man to batter him, like a leaning wall, a tottering fence? 4 They only plan to thrust him down from his high position. They take pleasure in falsehood. They bless with their mouths, but inwardly they curse. Selah

Understanding and Applying the Word

When faced with trouble we can face it in different ways. One way is to be fearful and try to run away from the danger. Another way is to face the circumstance with confidence. This is what David does in Psalm 62. He declares that he will wait in silence and will not be shaken.

Why is David so confident in his time of trouble? His trust is in God and God alone. He trusts that God will save him from his enemies. David does not gain confidence by denying his problem or by trying to put a positive spin on the situation. No. He trusts in God, the One who is a fortress to his people. May we learn to trust in the only One who can truly save us and may we face our troubles with confidence in the God of our salvation.

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From the Ends of the Earth

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Psalm 61:1–8 (ESV)

1 Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; 2 from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, 3 for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy. 4 Let me dwell in your tent forever! Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wings! Selah5 For you, O God, have heard my vows; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name. 6 Prolong the life of the king; may his years endure to all generations! 7 May he be enthroned forever before God; appoint steadfast love and faithfulness to watch over him! 8 So will I ever sing praises to your name, as I perform my vows day after day.

Understanding and Applying the Word

These are the words of King David as he calls out to God. We are not given the specific details of the historical background, but we know that David calls from the “ends of the earth”. He feels far away from God. Perhaps David is involved in a battle far away from the tabernacle of God’s presence. Still, David calls for God to hear him and protect him as he trusts that even at the ends of the earth God will do so.

It is a wonderful privilege to be able to call on the name of the Lord. No matter the circumstances and no matter the location, we can be sure that God hears and answers his children. You may feel that you have gone to the ends of the earth and that you are far away from God, but this is not true! You are never too far away to call out to God. He hears and he listens and he is always near. Turn to him today!

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My Heart Is Steadfast

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Psalm 57:7–11 (ESV)

7 My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast! I will sing and make melody! 8 Awake, my glory! Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn! 9 I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations. 10 For your steadfast love is great to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. 11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!

Understanding and Applying the Word

Christianity is not about getting everything our hearts desire. Certainly, there are some who treat it this way. They think if they believe hard enough or pray the right way that God will grant health and wealth. This is not the teaching of Scripture.

God’s word tells us that we live in a world cursed by sin. As a result, we have the realities of things including pain, suffering, sickness, and death. All of us face these things, including the finest Christians. However, there is hope. God has promised to cleanse the world of sin and there will be a new heaven and a new earth where the suffering and sorrow of this world are no more.

When we face difficulty and trouble in this life, we do not lose heart and search for new answers. God’s word has not failed. No! We cry out with David: “My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast!” We continue to trust in our faithful God who keeps his promises. Let us praise his name!

But I Will Trust in You

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Psalm 55:20–23 (ESV)

20 My companion stretched out his hand against his friends; he violated his covenant. 21 His speech was smooth as butter, yet war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords. 22 Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. 23 But you, O God, will cast them down into the pit of destruction; men of blood and treachery shall not live out half their days. But I will trust in you.

Understanding and Applying the Word

Some “friends” are not true friends at all. They simply say all of the right things and do all of the right things to mislead. In reality, they are seeking their own interests and not what is best for others. These types of relationships often cause the greatest harm. As a result, when we are hurt, we are often tempted to distance ourselves from everyone so it does not happen again.

People and relationships will often disappoint us. People are sinful. People are selfish. This includes all of us. Yet, we can trust in God. He is faithful. He is true to his word. And he is gracious when we fail. Let us cast our cares on him and trust him in our times of need.

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Fear and Trust

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Psalm 53:1–6 (ESV)

1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity; there is none who does good. 2 God looks down from heaven on the children of man to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. 3 They have all fallen away; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one. 4 Have those who work evil no knowledge, who eat up my people as they eat bread, and do not call upon God? 5 There they are, in great terror, where there is no terror! For God scatters the bones of him who encamps against you; you put them to shame, for God has rejected them. 6 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When God restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.

Understanding and Applying the Word

This psalm contrasts two groups of people: those who are fools and ignore God and those who trust in the Lord. The first group says that there is no God and feel they can do as they please. They commit themselves to all kinds of evil and have no fear in doing so. On the other hand, God’s people often suffer at the hands of the foolish. Because of this suffering, God’s people often fear those who are committed to evil.

This psalm tells us that the wrong group is fearful. The foolish do not fear, but should because they will answer to God for their sin. God’s people have no reason to fear. Verse 5 reads, “There they are, in great terror, where there is no terror!” God will take care of his people and he will bring those who practice evil into judgment.

Who or what do you fear? Who or what are you trusting in? Fear the Lord and trust in him. He will protect and he will save.

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A Matter of Trust

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Psalm 52:5–9 (ESV)

5 But God will break you down forever; he will snatch and tear you from your tent; he will uproot you from the land of the living. Selah6 The righteous shall see and fear, and shall laugh at him, saying, 7 “See the man who would not make God his refuge, but trusted in the abundance of his riches and sought refuge in his own destruction!” 8 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever. 9 I will thank you forever, because you have done it. I will wait for your name, for it is good, in the presence of the godly.

Understanding and Applying the Word

There are those who do evil and love it. They have no regard for doing what is right. But in the end, they will answer for their ways. God, who sees all and knows all, will bring them into judgment. At that time, they will be removed from the land of the living.

The righteous, who by extension, have often suffered at the hands of the wicked will not be judged, but will be like an olive tree in the house of God. Such a tree would thrive and flourish. So it will be for the righteous.

What is the difference? The wicked trust in themselves and all that they possess (v. 7) while the righteous trust in God and his provision in their lives (v. 8). Ultimately, what we place our trust in becomes our god. What are you trusting in?

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The Poverty of Riches

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Psalm 49:13–20 (ESV)

13 This is the path of those who have foolish confidence; yet after them people approve of their boasts. Selah14 Like sheep they are appointed for Sheol; death shall be their shepherd, and the upright shall rule over them in the morning. Their form shall be consumed in Sheol, with no place to dwell. 15 But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol, for he will receive me. Selah16 Be not afraid when a man becomes rich, when the glory of his house increases. 17 For when he dies he will carry nothing away; his glory will not go down after him. 18 For though, while he lives, he counts himself blessed —and though you get praise when you do well for yourself— 19 his soul will go to the generation of his fathers, who will never again see light. 20 Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish.

Understanding and Applying the Word

There are things money cannot buy. Perhaps you are familiar with the song “Can’t Buy Me Love.” Money may bring people close to us for different reasons, but it cannot make someone love us. So too, money is of no value when a person dies. Nothing that a person is able to obtain in this life will follow to the grave. Not our possessions. Not our accomplishments.

So, what will we do to prepare for death? The foolish person will find confidence in possessions and self. The wise will trust in God who is able to save from the power of death. That is exactly why God sent his Son, Jesus Christ, into the world. He came to die in our place. He died and rose again to defeat death for us. When we trust in him, rather than ourselves, we find forgiveness and eternal life. Do not place your trust in your wealth, your possessions, or even your accomplishments. None of those things will matter in the end. Trust in God and he will save.

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Why Are You Cast Down, O My Soul?

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Psalm 42:6–11 (ESV)

6 My soul is cast down within me; therefore I remember you from the land of Jordan and of Hermon, from Mount Mizar. 7 Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves have gone over me. 8 By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life. 9 I say to God, my rock: “Why have you forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?” 10 As with a deadly wound in my bones, my adversaries taunt me, while they say to me all the day long, “Where is your God?” 11 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.

Understanding and Applying the Word

The psalmist is in despair. He describes his feelings using the imagery of a powerful waterfall that pushes its waves over him and beats him up. In this despair he calls out to God, “Why have you forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”

Yet there is hope in the midst of the despair. Notice what we find in verse 6. The psalmist writes, “therefore I remember you…” And in verse 9 he writes, “I say to God my Rock.” Even in despair, we see that God is the hope of this writer, which is why he ends this psalm with the words “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”

In life, our faith in God will be tested. It is in the difficult times that we face that we will know what kind of faith we truly have. Is it a faith that turns away and runs when things are hard? Or, is it a faith that gives us confidence to go on in the face of adversity? God is with us at all times and in all situations. Do you trust him?

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Learning to Wait

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Psalm 38:15–22 (ESV)

15 But for you, O Lord, do I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer. 16 For I said, “Only let them not rejoice over me, who boast against me when my foot slips!” 17 For I am ready to fall, and my pain is ever before me. 18 I confess my iniquity; I am sorry for my sin. 19 But my foes are vigorous, they are mighty, and many are those who hate me wrongfully. 20 Those who render me evil for good accuse me because I follow after good. 21 Do not forsake me, O Lord! O my God, be not far from me! 22 Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation!

Understanding and Applying the Word

There is a song with the words “the waiting is the hardest part.” All of us have experienced the difficulty of waiting at one time or another in our lives. It is difficult.

In this psalm, David is an amazing example of waiting for the Lord. In verse 15 he says, “But for you, O Lord, do I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.” Such confidence in the face of hardship and despair. He acknowledges his own sin and repents of it again in verse 18 and calls out again for rescue. And then he waits. And the psalm ends as he continues to wait and trust.

What is it that you are going through? Are you trusting that God will bring you through it in his time and in his way? Have you learned to wait? Let us continue to call out to God trusting that he will deliver us from whatever the circumstances are that we are facing.

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