Trust. That's a rather small word, but one with a rather sizable meaning, sizable, in that, there are monumental ways in which we can place our trust. We may place our trust in our spouse, or in our friends. We may trust in the wealth we've built up for ourselves (for most of us, this is far from true)! Do we pour all of our trust into something not tangible (something we cannot see?), such as "being happy"? "I can trust that life will be wonderful ... it will be worth living, if only I'm happy". What about our toys? Oh yes, our fun toys ... those "tangible things" that keep us ever so occupied? Would I do well to place my trust in them? After all, I must entrust my life into something that will make me "happy"! What about that new car I've been hoping for? Or, Lord knows, I've been "so ready for a vacation". If I can just "get away from it all". Yes, I trust that will bring me the inner rest and joy I'm searching for! I'll trust that "getting away" will make all the difference in my life. So, where, in what (or in whom), do we place our trust? Again and again, it seems we place our trust in something (or someone), only to discover once again ... we're let down, because "what we placed our trust in" has "failed us". I know of only One, who is worthy to place my trust in ... One who "never fails me". Please allow me to share. Let's take a look at a sure promise. Let's take a look at an everlasting promise. Not one that is temporary (such as found in this world), but one that will keep our hearts throughout eternity. Let's look at just one sentence in the bible, one verse that the Psalmist David proclaims:
"Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust" ( Psalm 16:1 KJV).
Now let's see just what was promised of God, to David, in David's doing so ... in David's pouring the "trust" of his life into God. The promise of watchful care to David, by God, can be found in the origional meaning of the first word in this Psalm ... the word "preserve". According to the Strong's Concordance, the word "preserve" in this verse means: to be a keeper, to keep. It means to watch, or be a watchman. It means to observe, to guard, to protect, to save. David understood that God would watch over him, that He would keep him in the safety of His care ... of His promises. He (David) knew God's promise of protection, and of salvation, rested in "trust". He "chose" to trust God with his life. He made a heart decision to "trust" in Him. Let's take a look at the origional translation of the word "trust" according to the Strong's Concordance. "Trust" means: to make a refuge, have hope, to seek refuge, flee for protection, to confide, or hope in. David realized that to live a life with everlasting, eternal promise ... of refuge, of protection, a place of safety, a place of promise, he needed to place his trust into the eternal, everlasting Father ... God. You see, life is no different today. There is only One who can promise us the peace we are all searching for, and that is through placing our trust in Him. Let's look at a scriptural promise
My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation [is] from him. He only [is] my rock and my salvation: [he is] my defence; I shall not be moved. In God [is] my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, [and] my refuge, [is] in God. Trust in him at all times; [ye] people, pour out your heart before him: God [is] a refuge for us. Selah.(Psalm 62:5-8 KJV)
Here shows trust. Psalm 62:5-8 speaks of a life of trust. Amongst the many promises of the bible, Jesus promised us a life filled with "continual" peace of heart, however, that peace can come, only through our placing our hearts into His keeping ... into His care. Now don't misunderstand what I'm saying by falsely believing that you'll never have a problem again, if you put your trust in Jesus. To believe that, is to believe or assume wrongly. You will have trials and tribulations in this lifetime. We all do ... and will! Jesus, Himself said in this lifetime we would have trials and tribulations. David knew this, and chose to place His trust in God, and not in people, or things. He knew God had given him a promise of hope, a promise of everlasting protection, and that He (God) would "never" fail him ... that He would never leave, nor forsake him, but that things and/or people in this lifetime ... would "fail" him. In Isaiah 9:6, it speaks of a child (Jesus) yet to be born, and amoung the list of names that He (this child) shall be called is ... the "Prince of Peace". Let's read it together:
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6 KJV).
This verse alone, speaks of a God to be trusted ... a God who is ... wonderful, counsellor, who is mighty, who is everlasting ... one who offers eternal peace. For the everlasting, eternal peace you and I are searching for, let us turn our hearts over to God, through Christ. Let's invite Christ into our hearts today. Let's give Him the control of our lives, so that we too, like David, can say: "Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust"! A simple prayer, such as "Come into my heart Lord Jesus. It is You I need. Thank You ... Amen", is all that's necessary. And then, simply "trust Him".
Today, may you find your heart filled with His peace, as you place your trust in Him alone. Amen! Blessings upon you! Marcia