In God I Trust - Part 6

In God I Trust - Part 6

| 26 May 2020
In God I Trust
  1. Be merciful to me, O God, for man would swallow me up; 
    Fighting all day he oppresses me.
  2. My enemies would hound me all day, 
    for there are many who fight against me, O Most High.
  3. Whenever I am afraid, 
    I will trust in You.
  4. In God (I will praise His word), 
    In God I have put my trust; 
    I will not fear.
    What can flesh do to me?
  5. All day they twist my words; 
    all their thoughts are against me for evil.
  6. They gather together, 
    they hide, they mark my steps, 
    when they lie in wait for my life.
  7. Shall they escape by iniquity?
    In anger cast down the peoples, O God!
  8. You number my wanderings; 
    Put my tears into Your bottle; 
    Are they not in Your book?
  9. When I cry out to You, 
    Then my enemies will turn back; 
    this I know, because God is for me.
  10. In God (I will praise His word), 
    In the Lord (I will praise His word), 
  11. In God I have put my trust; 
    I will not be afraid.
    What can man do to me?
  12. Vows made to You are binding upon me, O God; 
    I will render praises to You, 
  13. For You have delivered my soul from death.
    Have You not kept my feet from falling, 
    that I may walk before God
    In the light of the living?

John MacArthur in his study Bible introduces Psalm 56 as follows: ‘The Psalm, apparently written when David had been endangered by the Philistines (1 Sam. 21:10-15), expresses the kind of confidence in the Lord that believers should exude when they find themselves in terrifying circumstances. David’s natural reaction was to panic (vv3, 4, and 11). But he demonstrates in this Psalm that the believer can replace potential terror with the composure of trust.’

Commenting further on verse 3 of the Psalm MacArthur makes the point that when David says ‘I will TRUST in you’ it means that his ‘confidence in the Lord is a purposeful decision, replacing an emotional reaction to one’s circumstance.’

In part 2 of these devotions I quoted from a book authored by Carroll Ferguson Hunt and Vicki Lake two missionaries who served with One Mission Society. Writing about trust in their book: “Can we know what’s right & wrong? – Absolutely!”  They ask the question: ‘What does it mean to rely totally on God?’  They then follow up with the following answer: ‘As we take it apart and examine it, you’ll see that trust is no passive, wimpy avoidance of reality. It involves choices that are neither easy nor natural to us. Trust is an absolute for Christian living, however, and learning how to trust develops spiritual muscle.’

So in these times of social isolation and distancing due to the Coronavirus pandemic let us as Christians develop spiritual muscle in the whole area of trust in our God .

Just earlier this morning I had a lovely time with the Lord reading verses in the Psalms concerning trust. The following is a sample:

Psalm 2:11-12
Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.  Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

Psalm 7:1 
O Lord my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:

Psalm 16:1
Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.

Psalm 18:1-3 
I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

Psalm 31:1
In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.

Psalm 31:6 
I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the Lord.

Psalm 31:14-15 
But I trusted in thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my God. My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.

Psalm 34:8 
O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

Psalm 34:22 
The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.

Psalm 37:3-5 
Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

Psalm 40:4 
Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

Psalm 62:7-8 
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 71:1
In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.

Psalm 91:1-2
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Psalm 115:9-11 
O Israel, trust in the Lord! He is their help and their shield. O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord!
He is their help and their shield. You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord! He is their help and their shield.

Psalm 118:8-9 
It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.

Psalm 125:1-2
Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore.

The Hymn: ’Simply Trusting Every Day’ was written by Edgar P Stites in 1876. After serving in the American civil war at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Stites became a riverboat pilot on the Delaware River. He belonged to the First Methodist Church in Cape May, New Jersey, for 60 years, and often attended the annual Methodist Assembly at Ocean Grove, New Jersey. For a while he was a home missionary in the Dakota Territory. The lyrics of ‘Simply trusting’ first appeared as a poem in a newspaper. They were given to Ira Sankey’s partner Dwight Moody, who asked Sankey to write music for them. Later Sankey wrote the following about how God used the hymn on one occasion:

“About two years ago, writes a minister, “I visited a woman who was suffering from an incurable disease; but great as was her agony of body, her distress of mind was greater still. One day she said: ‘The future is so dark, I dare not look forward at all.’

“To my question, ‘can’t you trust yourself in God’s hands?’ She replied: ‘No, I can’t leave myself there.’

I repeated the hymn, Simply trusting every day, and especially dwelt on the refrain, Trusting as the moments fly, trusting as the days go by. Ah, she said, I can trust him this moment; is it like that?

I then sang the hymn to her, and the change that came over her was wonderful. She never lost this trust, and she had the page in her hymn book turned down, that she might have the hymn read to her. After many months of intense suffering she passed away, simply trusting, to the land where there shall be no more pain.”

I think it is appropriate to conclude these six short devotionals with the words of “Simply Trusting Every Day” followed by further comments and a prayer from the chapter on ‘Trust’ in Hunt and Lakes book “Absolutely”:

1. Simply trusting every day,
trusting through a stormy way,
even when my faith is small,
trusting Jesus, that is all.

Trusting as the moments fly,
trusting as the days go by,
trusting him whate'er befall,
trusting Jesus, that is all.

2. Brightly doth his Spirit shine
into this poor heart of mine;
while he leads I cannot fall,
trusting Jesus, that is all.

3. Singing, if my way be clear,
praying, if the path be drear,
if in danger for him call,
trusting Jesus, that is all.

4. Trusting him while life shall last,
trusting him till earth be past,
till within the jasper wall,
trusting Jesus, that is all.

Trust: A simple, single-syllable word, but complex, powerful, and life-changing in the living out of its meaning.

Lord, could you pry my fingers loose from the controls? Teach me how to trust. My culture doesn’t understand this and so my point of view is to depend on my skills and resources. But I’d like to relax a little and totally rely (my part) on the unlimited resources of the Trinity (your part). Let’s begin today with the little stuff. I trust you to make it a way of life for me.