For thou art my hope, O Lord God: thou art my trust from my youth. ~Psalm 71:5
Most of us deposit money into a bank without much fear of loss. Banks insure our money up to a certain amount through the FDIC. There is an implied trust that we have in the banking institution that the money we have deposited is safe and secure. Many people keep their money with a mainline bank for most of their lifetime because they feel a sense of reliability in the size, strength, and leadership of that bank. David said that God was his trust from his youth. He made that statement when he was a much older man. This morning, let us consider the importance of unwavering trust.
There is the essential in trust.
Trust is the starting point in our relationship with God. Trust is when we place our complete confidence and reliance upon God. We trust in Him for our salvation. We trust in Him for our daily walk. We trust in Him for doing His will. We trust in Him in every area of our life. As someone has said, “Trusting God is letting go and letting God.” Trusting implies we lean not unto our own understanding, but in all our ways we acknowledge God, and He will direct our path.
There is the earnest in trust.
“In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.” David was very passionate about His trust in God. Earnest trust is heartfelt. We see this in David’s prayers. In his praying, he declares his trust in God to overcome his enemies or problems. Earnest trust is seen in his heartaches. When David had his problems with Saul and Absalom, he hit some low points in his life. It was his trust in the Lord that drew him closer to God during those times. Earnest trust is seen in his happiness. David was a man who praised the Lord often, and we see the overtones of his trust in God expressed in these praises. Earnest trust is when even if we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we will fear no evil.
There is the endurance in trust.
“For thou art my hope, O Lord God: thou art my trust from my youth.” David declared he had been trusting God since he was a youth. He knew he could keep trusting God. This did not mean he did not have fears and even doubts, but it did mean he knew God would not fail him. As he grew older, trusting in God strengthened him. “Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.” If we want to remain faithful as a Christian, we must trust in the Lord at all times.
There is the evangelism in trust.
“Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.” Trusting God is a powerful incentive for telling others about the Lord. David made the goal of his old age to show God’s strength and power to his generation and the generation coming up. As we mature, our trust in God should make us better soulwinners. There is great credibility in our witness when as an older person who has been trusting in God, we tell others how to be saved.
Unwavering trust is holding tightly to the hand of God through the serene, stormy, and successful times of life. Our trust becomes stronger the longer we have been trusting in him. Don’t let your circumstances blindside you: follow David’s example and trust in God always.
Have a trust-embraced God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Deuteronomy 1-2