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  • Writer's pictureAlan Fong

Trust or Rust

Today's Verse:

In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness. ~Psalm 31:1


In a "Moody Monthly" from many years ago was the following story: Schott's drug store in Galveston, Texas was open continuously day and night for twenty-six years. At the close of this long period, all of their filled prescriptions were displayed, and above them read this sign: 'Trusted One Million Times." The signage that boldly displayed that statement was a powerful testimony that the little family-owned pharmacy was a "trusted" place for prescriptions to be filled. This morning, let us see how our trust in God is something that is completely reliable “all the time!”


We see the setting for trust.

As we read this psalm, we quickly sense that David is in deep trouble. David was running from the enemies who had avowed to destroy him. It could be that this psalm was written during the years when David was fleeing from Saul. David was being hunted. David was hurt within his soul. David was haunted in his mind by recurring thoughts of being killed. David was all alone. He had gone many days with minimal to no sleep. His appetite had diminished. David’s back was against the wall. He said that he was forgotten as a dead man out of mind. He said he felt like he was a broken and shattered vessel. He felt hopeless and useless. The setting is one of despair and deep suffering.


We see the supplication in trust.

What do you do when you are at the place where David was at? Bow your knees, and pray to God! David poured out his heart to God. David asked for deliverance from his plight. David prayed for God to intervene on his behalf. David did the first step when it comes to trusting in God: David came before the Lord in prayer and supplication. Trusting God is asking for mercy (vv. 7, 9). Trusting God is letting God know that you are at the end of your rope. Trusting God is asking Him to lead you when the path looks confusing and you are not sure which way to go.


We see the submission in trust.

“Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.” Trusting God is giving complete control of our situation into God’s hands. It is realizing that you do not have the answers and are unsure of what to do, but you have given every detail and aspect to God. Submission is letting go. Submission is following God wherever He leads. Can you submit to God? Can you submit to God completely? Many times, God places a problem before us to teach us that He is in control and not us. Many times, our strong will has to be broken by a besetting problem that teaches us to lean upon God. "My times are in thy hand." That’s submission!


We see the sustaining in trust.

Trusting God restores our strength. Trusting God gives us assurance and peace. God knows where we are at and comforts us. Trusting God bolsters our feet. He is our strong rock and house of defense. David knew God heard him and his prayer was being answered (v. 22). Trusting God gives us peace. Trusting God gives us patience. Trusting God gives us protection. Trusting God makes us a better person!


We see the satisfaction in trust.

In vv. 19-24, David acknowledges and praises God for answering his prayer and helping him. He said, “Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee.” By saying, “Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD,” David was saying, “God can be trusted all the time!”


Trust in God always! Trust in God completely. Trust in God in all things. Remember that without problems, we cannot learn to trust. Take the “T” off of trust, and we get the word “rust.” Without trusting, we are rusting. Only trust Him!


Have a trust-filled God Morning!


Bible Reading Schedule: Numbers 23-25

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