Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Where Is Your Trust?

Last month our family made a move across the United States. To two different, rather expensive areas. I moved to Upstate New York while my husband moved to Washington DC.

Of all the moves we've made in the past few years, this has been the most challenging. Finances have been tight. Issues and roadblocks have arisen. It's been a battle from day one.

In the process, countenances have dropped. I had several people ask if I was okay on Sunday after church. Maybe my blank stare concerned them... But yes, I am okay.

Why? Because my trust isn't in my bank account or my husband's employer or the vehicle that gets us back and forth. My trust is in Jehovah Jireh, the Lord God of heaven and earth, Jesus, my Salvation.

While reading Psalm 33 this morning, I came across this (verses 13-22):

The Lord looks from heaven;
He sees all the sons of men.
From the place of His dwelling He looks
On all the inhabitants of the earth;
He fashions their hearts individually;
He considers all their works.

God knows each and every one of us individually. He created our hearts. He knows our most intimate places and thoughts. He considers all that we do and say in this lifetime. So why do we question if He knows our needs?
No king is saved by the multitude of an army;
A mighty man is not delivered by great strength.
A horse is a vain hope for safety;
Neither shall it deliver any by its great strength.

An army can't save a king. Only God can. Strength can't deliver a mighty man. Only God can. There is no safety in a horse. It's not strong enough to save, either. Only Jesus saves. There is nothing we can say or do in and of ourselves that can save us on this earth. Only Jesus can do that. So why do we continue to strive in the midst of a struggle? Why do we thrash and grit our teeth and try to continue in our own strength when God doesn't come through in our pitiful timing?

Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope in His mercy,
To deliver their soul from death,
And to keep them alive in famine.

When we fear the Lord, when we walk in His salvation, He keeps a close eye on us. He will deliver us from whatever lies in wait for our lives. Depression. Anxiety. Financial hardship. Abuse. The car accident around the corner. The chimney fire waiting to break out. These are not things to fear or allow to cling to us. We are set free by Jesus! He delivers our soul from death. He keeps us alive (and provides our needs) in times of famine.

Our soul waits for the Lord;
He is our help and our shield.
For our heart shall rejoice in Him,

Because we have trusted in His holy name.
Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us,
Just as we hope in You.

Is your soul waiting for the Lord? Are you watching for His cue? Are you listening for his response? Are you crying out to the One who can answer?

Is Jesus your help and your shield? Or are you looking for kings and strong men and horses to bail you out? Who are you leaning on? Who are you looking to for the solution to your present circumstance? The things of this earth are only temporary. The kingdom of God is eternal.

Is your heart rejoicing in God? Are you able to sing in the morning and the evening because you trust His holy name?

Let God's mercy be upon you. Hope in Him. He is able to meet your needs inside and out. He is able to provide what the world can't give. Let God be your trust and your shield today.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
~ Philippians 4:6-7

1 comment:

  1. "Are you able to sing in the morning and the evening because you trust His holy name?" Most days I am, but other days it's as the psalmist says: a sacrifice of praise.
    Thank you for the thoughts on Ps 33, Alycia!


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