In God I Trust - Part 2

In God I Trust - Part 2

| 7 April 2020
What Cures Worry
  • When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. v3
  • In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.  What can flesh do to me? v4
  • In God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me? v11


Psalm 56 is described as a ‘Michtam’ of David. Biblical scholars inform us that this is probably a musical or liturgical (public worship) term. The Psalm is made up of short pithy statements expressing a general truth or rule of conduct that are worthy of being engraved on our minds. One of the short statements in this Psalm that is worthy of being engraved on our minds as we work our way through these days of uncertainty is: ‘IN GOD I TRUST’:

I have in my study a little book written by two missionaries who served with One Mission Society called: “Can we know what’s right & wrong? – Absolutely!”  This book basically deals with eight “Absolutes” that Jesus taught which are also relevant to the 21st Century Christian. One of these absolutes deals with the area of trust in God. The authors Carroll Ferguson Hunt and Vicki Lake use the following acrostic to explain what it means to totally trust or rely on God:

Totally Rely on the Unlimited Supply of the Trinity – God the Father, Jesus His Son, and the Holy Spirit.

In this time of crisis regarding the Coronavirus pandemic we will need to really Totally Rely on God even when we don’t fully understand everything that is going on around us. There are those who will contract the virus, loved ones have been and will be lost to the virus, others will find social distancing and isolation difficult. As we face these circumstances as believers we must Totally Rely on God: Father, Son and Spirit. Our prayer is that as folk Totally Rely on Him they will have that Unlimited Supply of comfort and help from the Trinity: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We can Totally Rely on God’s promise that He will never leave us nor forsake us.

When David wrote Psalm 56 he was facing the most difficult of situations. In verses 1, 2, 5 & 6 he records his general complaint to God:

“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. ….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”

And yet when we come to v11 we note David’s growing commitment when he writes: “in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?” We also see in verse 8 the great comfort David receives from God: “You have kept count of my tossing’s; put my tears in your bottle.  Are they not in your book?” Yes He is a God who cares and sees our tears in the midst of trying and difficult circumstances. As I reflect on trusting God in difficult and uncertain times the words of Andrea Crouch’s song: “Through it all”, come to mind:

I've had many tears and sorrows,
I've had questions for tomorrow,
there's been times I didn't know right from wrong.
But in every situation, 
God gave me blessed consolation, 
that my trials come to only make me strong.

Through it all, 
through it all, 
I've learned to trust in Jesus, 
I've learned to trust in God.

Through it all, 
through it all, 
I've learned to depend upon His Word.

I've been to lots of places,
I've seen a lot of faces,
there's been times I felt so all alone.
But in my lonely hours, 
yes, those precious lonely hours, 
Jesus lets me know that I was His own

Through it all, 
through it all, 
I've learned to trust in Jesus, 
I've learned to trust in God.


It is my prayer that as we face these uncertain days together that we will Totally Rely on the Unlimited Supply of the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit and that throughout this season we will have our total trust in God as we reach out to comfort and help those who are hurting or who may be afraid.