“Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord; And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday” (Psalm 37:3-6).
King David used Psalms—short lyrical stories—to offer praise to God and inspiration to his followers, as well as, his opponents on the proper perspective on many subjects including trust. It is very difficult for many to let the Psalms enter into their hearts and minds and show the true meaning of the temporal and lay hold of the eternal. He knew the temporal world could get a hold on the rich and poor alike through obstinacy, ignorance and the desire for material wealth. The stubborn, envious and greedy lived then as they do today, as if there were no eternal realm. David kept the Lord before him .
David often spoke about a true and good perspective of life on earth and in the hereafter. Perhaps His most important teachings can be summed up by this: Our faith should be in God, and nothing or anyone else. We must be careful always to trust God who created heaven and earth and not to trust ourselves. The central thing about the kingdom of God is a personal relationship to Him and not public usefulness to men. The Lord can be completely trusted with all your needs.
“Jesus did not commit Himself to them, for He knew what was in man” (John 2:24). Put God first in trust. Jesus trusted no man, yet He was never suspicious, bitter or in despair about anyone. Why? Because He put the Father first in trust, He trusted God absolutely in what His grace and power could do for any man, woman or child. If you and I put our trust in human beings first, we are destined to be disappointed and will soon become bitter and angry because we have expected man to be what no man can be—absolutely faithful. Never trust anything but the grace of God to be absolutely faithful to you or anyone else.
“Lo I come to do Thy will, O God” (Hebrew 10:9). A person’s physical obedience and faithfulness is to what he or she understands as a necessity. Jesus’ obedience was to the will of His Father. The rallying cry put forth in television ministry, print and church house ministry today is—“We have much work to do, the heathens in this place and that place are perishing without the word of God we must go and save them for Him.” First, we must see to it that God’s needs in us personally, at home and abroad, in our daily lives are being met. Remember the “Physician heals thyself” warning? It remains good advice.
The purpose of this Blog is to get us, those will heed and trust, rightly related to the needs of God within us. When God’s needs in us have been met, then He will open doors and make known His needs in some other place. Too many Christians are putting the Proverbial cart before the horse, it just does not work very well that way and we become discouraged. “See, O Lord, that I am in distress; My soul is troubled; My heart is overturned within me, For I have been very rebellious. (Lamentations 1:20). Put God’s trust first in every aspect of your life and watch how your faith in God will grow and your soul set at peace.
“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance. The Lord will command His loving-kindness in the daytime, And in the night His song shall be with me –A prayer to the God of my life” (Psalm 42:5, 8). Today, as you send your prayer requests to God, pray for greater faith in God’s faithfulness and the needs of your family and friends, trusting God with all of your heart. I thank God for blessing you to be a blessing for someone else in Jesus’ name.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ.
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