- Be gracious to me, O God, for man tramples on me; all day long an attacker oppresses me;
- my enemies trample on me all day long, for many attack me proudly.
- When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
- In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?
- All day long they injure my cause; all their thoughts are against me for evil.
- They stir up strife, they lurk; they watch my steps, as they have waited for my life.
- For their crime will they escape? In wrath cast down the peoples, O God!
- You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?
- Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call. This I know, that God is for me.
- In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise,
- in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?
- I must perform my vows to you, O God; I will render thank offerings to you.
- For you have delivered my soul from death, yes, my feet from falling, that I may walk before God
- in the light of life.
This Psalm was written by David when he was on the run from Saul. Indeed it was a time of great danger, concern and uncertainty for David. Yet David in the midst of all this confidently states: “In God I trust”. In these uncertain days as believers we too can put our complete trust and confidence in God, just as Corrie Ten Boom who survived the holocaust confidently did, which she stated well in one of her well known quotations: “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God”.
Trust in the Bible means to have a bold confidence, a sure security or action based on that confidence. Therefore like David if or when we feel afraid we can confidently put our trust in God. Isaiah the prophet had even greater confidence when he said: “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”
A number of years ago while visiting one of our missionary family’s near Birmingham before their return to the South Pacific, I took time to visit the church at Astley, Worcestershire where Francis Ridley Havergal’s father was a minister and where she is buried. Frances Ridley Havergal (1836-1879), was a wonderful poet and hymn writer. She is amongst one of my favourites. The following is one of the hymns she wrote outlining whom she had her total trust in:
- I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus,
Trusting only Thee;
Trusting Thee for full salvation,
Great and free.
- I am trusting Thee for pardon;
At Thy feet I bow;
For Thy grace and tender mercy,
- I am trusting Thee for cleansing
In the crimson flood;
Trusting Thee to make me holy
By Thy blood.
- I am trusting Thee to guide me;
Thou alone shalt lead;
Every day and hour supplying
All my need.
- I am trusting Thee for power,
Thine can never fail;
Words which Thou Thyself shalt give me
- I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus;
Never let me fall;
I am trusting Thee forever,
and for all.
In these days of uncertainly let us put our full trust in our Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, pardon, grace, tender mercy, cleansing, holiness, guidance supply of all our needs and power to see us through.
Let us pray that our loved ones, friends, neighbours and fellow countrymen will do likewise. Let us pray that many will come to Christ in true repentance and faith and find in Him one they can trust. One that they can not only trust for time but also for eternity. O may we be able to confidently say, I am trusting you Lord Jesus, I am trusting you forever, and for all.