Trusting that God is God and living in that trust

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Psalm 31:1–3

1 In You, O Lord, I put my trust; Let me never be ashamed; Deliver me in Your righteousness.

2 Bow down Your ear to me, Deliver me speedily; Be my rock of refuge, A fortress of defense to save me.

3 For You are my rock and my fortress; Therefore, for Your name’s sake, Lead me and guide me.

23 Oh, love the Lord, all you His saints! For the Lord preserves the faithful, And fully repays the proud person.

24 Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the Lord.

You might think from reading the beginning and the ending that Psalm 32 is a Psalm of a blessed life. Just the opposite is true. It is a Psalm of struggle with enemies and fears and those who lived to bring pain to the Psalmist. But he knew something, that is, he knew that his God was greater, far greater, than all of his enemies. He knew that all of their attacks were held off by God. He knew that God was His trust, his deliverer, his refuge and his fortress. Therefore, he could love the Lord who preserved him and be of good courage in the Lord in whom was his hope.

I began reading the Psalms as a teenager and learned with David that God was always faithful. I feel badly for those of you who came to Christ later and are still struggling with feelings of God being faithful. What David knew and what I have learned is that God is faithful when my feelings are not. I can put my feelings behind God’s faithfulness and He gives me the courage necessary in every situation.

It is not mind over matter, it is truth over the mind. God is God. I know that sounds simple but those of you who struggle with faith issues do not really believe this to be so. If you believed that God is God and that He loves and cares for you, that He is able to protect you and carry you through all of your life then you could rest in Him. The fact that you don’t live resting in Him is evidence that you don’t really believe that He is God.

David believed that God was God and was able to live in His refuge, in His courage, and in His love. That is where I want to live and that is where you need to live. Read the verses between 3 and 23 and see if you can identify with David’s attacks and then learn to identify with his faith.

Will you pray with me for God’s presence to be known in our church? We are teaching on seeking the face of God in prayer. If God’s presence were known in our services people would come and would come back. Lives would change in God’ s presence. I am not seeking anything charismatic but am seeking a fullness of God of which we would all be aware.

We rejoice with Peter and Christina over their son, Paul, accepting Christ Saturday night. What a thrill to hear how God drew Paul to Himself. Pray for Paul’s growth and continuance in faith.

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

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