1 O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water. 2 So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory. (Psalm 63:1–2, NKJV)
God is not a fire escape when trouble comes into our lives. God is the One who fills up our longings and satisfies all our needs. God is not a place mat on the table of our lives – useful, but often forgotten until needed. God is the Supplier of everything that sustains us, body and soul. He is the One we seek and trust. Like David, let us seek God early and always. Our soul must long for God like the thirsty man in a hot, waterless desert. Worship is our refuge and relief. In worship, we adore His great power and honor His glorious name. In worship, we bow before the One in whom we rely for life, for mercy, and for salvation. How big is your God? Truly, He fills heaven and earth (Jeremiah 23:24). The pertinent question is, are you seeking God by trusting His word and obeying Him, so that He fills your life? “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him” (John 14:23).
22 Behold, God is exalted by His power; Who teaches like Him? 23 Who has assigned Him His way, Or who has said, ‘You have done wrong’? (Job 36:22–23, NKJV)
Sometimes people say, “Why should I trust God? What has he ever done for me?” Of course, God has done everything for us all (Acts 17:25). In today’s text, Elihu succinctly states four reasons for trusting God. We trust God because of His power and because of His knowledge. We also trust God because of His wisdom (no one counsels God on the way He should go). Finally, trust God because of His works (which are always righteous). God is sovereign over everyone and everything in the universe. That means God rules over us all. Honor His greatness and trust Him to accomplish His purposes. When your faith is tested (even as Job’s faith was tested long ago), do not grow weary and fall away. Renew your strength in the knowledge that God is over all and does all things well.
7 The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him. 8 But with an overflowing flood He will make an utter end of its place, And darkness will pursue His enemies. (Nahum 1:7-8, NKJV)
The mighty city of Nineveh was no match for Almighty God. The Lord was preparing His judgment, and He does not acquit the wicked (Nahum 1:3). Yet, God knows those who trust Him. He is their protection in the day of trouble. What does it mean to trust the Lord? Solomon sums it up in Proverbs 16:20, “He who heeds the word wisely will find good, And whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.” Trusting God means putting your faith in God’s purposes that are revealed in His word, including His commands, and then heeding (doing) them. Trusting Jesus is much more than saying it, then living as you please. It means to listen to His word and follow it in all things. The old gospel song still rings true, “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.” He knows whether you are trusting Him today.
8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! 9 Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. 10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing. (Psalm 34:8–10, NKJV)
Do you ever feel like you are missing out on something because you are a Christian? The temptation to envy the unrighteous attracts some Christians to their spiritual demise. To resist this temptation, focus on the good blessings you have from the Lord by doing three things mentioned in today’s passage. Strengthen your faith by first trusting in the Lord (v. 8). God has shown Himself to be completely trustworthy. He never deceives or makes false promises; He always keeps His word. He is blessing you in ways you do not even see at this time. Solidify your faith by fearing the Lord (v. 9). We show reverence to God because He provides our daily bread and so much more; our eternal life in Christ. Secure your faith by seeking the Lord (v. 10). God rewards those who believe in Him and “diligently seek Him” (Heb. 11:6). Seek the good things of God though faith. You will find blessings more abundant that all the earth’s treasures – heavenly treasures that never fade (Matt. 6:19-21).
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6–7)
These are the promises made to those in Christ who have learned not to go beyond the providential Hand of the Lord. Jesus never said that we should not be concerned for the things of this world, but rather that we should not let them distract us from the promises and blessings found in the security we feel in our prayers. Those Christians who let the devil distract them to the point of forgetting to pray, have left their own hearts unguarded and opened their minds to greater problems than they could ever handle on their own. Let us be secure in our own minds, and our hearts will be guarded by the trust we have in the power of our prayers to God. “In God We Trust” should be more than a slogan on a monetary piece of paper or metal coin. (Dennis Scroggins, Bible Thoughts for Today)
9 Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, 10 who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us, 11 you also helping together in prayer for us, that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the gift granted to us through many. (2 Corinthians 1:9–11)
Paul’s life had been threatened while he was on a preaching trip (see Acts 19:21-41). Although he was prepared to die for the Lord, the Lord delivered him. Paul’s trust in God was unflappable, and his example helps us remain strong when our faith is put to the test. Paul refused to rely on himself; He would trust in God who has power over death. Remember, whatever people say or do to you because of your faith in Jesus, they cannot kill your soul (Matt. 10:28). So, be faithful to Christ and receive eternal life when God raises you from the dead. Whatever your trial of faith, do not be discouraged. God delivers all who trust in Him.
4 Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man. 5 For You are my hope, O Lord God; You are my trust from my youth. (Psalm 71:4-5)
Evil, cruel people prey upon the aged. They are vulnerable, an easy target for the unscrupulous. Yet, even in old age there is refuge in the Lord. He protects and delivers those who put their trust in Him. Psalm 71 is the prayer of an aged man for God’s deliverance from ruthless predators (v. 1-4). He put his trust and hope in the Lord from his youth, enduring many trials of faith through which the Lord had delivered him (v. 5-6). Instead of becoming despondent as life drew to its end, he was more devoted to praising God and declaring the Lord’s power to the next generation (v. 7, 17-18, 22). This aged saint also told others of God’s salvation and righteousness (v. 14-15, 24). Follow his example and be a beacon of light in your old age. Imitate his faith and exclaim, “O God, do not be far from me; O my God, make haste to help me!” because “You are my rock and my fortress” (v. 12, 3).