In God We Trust
“Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me. Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgresses without cause.” —Psalm 25:1-3
When we think of the word trust, what do we think of? Are there any individuals whom you could say that you trust completely? Are there any beliefs that you trust without wavering? If so, who are those individuals and what are those beliefs? The next question that I want to pose is this: Have those individuals or beliefs let you down at any time in your life? Inevitably, the ones you trust in are going to let you down, and those beliefs that you hold dear will fail you. But there is one exception—one person who will never let you down—and that person is God. Let’s take a closer look at this psalm that was written by David. This was a cry of distress on the part of David, and in this psalm, we see a trend that we as believers need to take to heart.
Confidence Or Assurance
The first thing that stands out is David’s trust in the Lord. In fact, the word trust really means “to be confident or sure.” It is a confidence or an assurance that no matter what happens, God will bring him through. This is something that we as Christians need to fully grasp—we should have the assurance and confidence that no matter what happens to us in life, our God will bring us through each trial and tribulation. In fact, no other person can fully say that he has this type of assurance, other than the true Christian. The reason David had this confidence is through experience. He had experienced the Lord delivering him from troubles in the past, and he was confident that this time would be no different. Can you say the same thing today? Do you have that assurance or confidence that God will lead you through your situation? Understand that God has a proven track record, and as David could say this, many Christians should say this as well.
You Will Not Be Disappointed
Second, with this assurance or confidence in God, you will not be ashamed. That word ashamed means to be disappointed and carries the idea of disappointment that God failed to come through as He said He would. No one can ever say that God failed to come through because He has, and always will, come through. It just may not be when you want it. We must understand that God doesn’t operate according to our whims and fancies; He operates in His own timing, and His timing is just as important as His will. He has a time for everything, and when He decides that it’s time for Him to act on our behalf, He will. He’s an on-time God—He may not come when we want Him to—but He will be there right on time. He has never been late, nor has He ever been too early; at times we feel He may be late, but He is never late. Believer, understand that God is constantly working behind the spiritual scenes putting things in place for your ultimate blessing. And when He comes through, you will not be ashamed or disappointed.
Your Enemies Will Not Stand Over You
Third, when your trust is anchored in the Lord and His finished work, your enemies will not triumph over you. In other words, it is not God’s will for you to live a life of constant defeat. It’s not God’s will for the giants in your life to stand over you. It’s not God’s will for sin to reign and rule in your life. However, it is God’s will for you to live a life of victory with you standing over the giants in your life. It all goes back to knowing who you are in Christ and believing that His completed work was enough. Paul would say “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it” (Col. 2:14-15).
Since Christ is the ultimate victor, and He defeated every bondage of sin at the cross, Satan has no legal right to hold any child of God captive. And seeing that we are now in Christ, His victories have become our victories.
Paul said, “Nay, in all these things we are more that conquerors through Him that loved us” (Rom. 8:37). Because of Christ’s accomplishments on the cross and our faith in that finished work, we are not just conquerors but more than conquerors through Christ. It was Christ who won the victory, and seeing that we are in Him, we can experience the benefits of His victory. John the Beloved wrote, “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith” (I John 5:4). If we follow God’s prescribed order of victory, we will be overcomers. He didn’t say we might be overcomers, we will be!
The Key To Proper Trust
The key in all of this is to trust in what Christ has already provided. I can assure you, with your trust in Christ and the cross, you will experience an assurance that you will make it through, you will not be disappointed, and your enemies will not triumph over you. But all of this requires that your faith and trust be anchored in Christ and the cross. I ask this question: Is your trust in Christ or is it in something else? This requires a look deep into your heart and actually being honest with yourself. If you say that your faith has been in other things, then you will not have an assurance that you will make it through, and you will be disappointed every single time, with your enemies standing over you. There’s still time to develop that trust by placing your faith in Christ and the cross, which means understanding and believing that everything you receive from God has been paid for by Christ through His completed work on the cross.
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