May the Lord answer you in the day of distress;
may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
2 May he send you help from the sanctuary,
and may he sustain you from Zion.
3 May he remember all your gifts,
and may he accept your burnt offerings.
4 May he give you what your heart desires,
and may he fulfill all your plans.
5 May we shout for joy at your deliverance
and unfurl our banners in the name of our God.
May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.
6 Now I know that the Lord has delivered his anointed;
he has answered him from his sanctuary
with the strength of his right hand of deliverance.
7 Some boast in chariots,
others in horses;
but we will boast in the name of the Lord our God.
8 While they bowed down and fell,
we arose and stood upright.
9 Deliver us, Lord!
Answer us, our King, on the day we cry out! – Psalm 20 (ISV)
Have you prayed for anyone this week? Has God answered? Did He answer like you prayed for Him to do? How do you know He will?
“Trust” may be the one most significant word in our language. “Love” is certainly written about and sung about the most but trust may be much more difficult to define and to award to someone without conditions or concerns that this fragile gift we give will be broken.
In my life, trust was given to Father God with a great deal of difficulty. Personal relationships play a big part in how we view our relationhsip with God. We are God’s ambassadors and never more so than when we are representing how God loves and cares for us. If I am careless in how I handle another’s heart, then I sow a seed that God is sitting up on His big throne and cares very little about this small world and the thousands upon thousands who inhabit it.
And yet, here is the Bible with story accounts that include:
- a stuttering exile who leads a nation of people into a promised land
- a shepherd boy who kills a giant with a slingshot and becomes an imperfect, yet great king
- a unwed teenage girl who gives birth to God-in-the-flesh
- twelve guys who take a chance that an itinerate preacher is who He says He is, and change the world
It is Jesus who brings trust into the everyday and shows me how to make it real and strong enough to survive the carlessness and savagery of this world’s evil. It is Jesus’ gentle, never-ending forgiveness and all-powerful love which shows me the depth of His trust in the Father even as He sweats blood and says, “The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again. No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.” (John 10:17-18)
My friends, let us take a step of trust today and hold on to Jesus’ promises and walk with Him through this troubled world. Let us put our feet into His steps and keep our eyes only on His way. And when we are tired, weary of the journey, we can sit at the foot of the cross , remember and trust His love which has already saved us.
There is no place for comfort like the cross. It is a tree stripped of all foliage and apparently dead; yet we sit under its shadow with great delight, and its fruit is sweet unto our taste. – Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)