Wednesday Morning Meditation – Psalms
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Let Israel now say, “His mercy endures forever.” Let the house of Aaron now say, “His mercy endures forever.” Let those who fear the Lord now say, “His mercy endures forever.” I called on the Lord in distress; the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The Lord is for me among those who help me; therefore I shall see my desire on those who hate me. 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 118:1-9)
Trusting In The Lord Dismisses Fear
The Psalms are rich with the deep faith of God’s people proclaiming their love and trust for Him. Their challenges are not unlike what we face today. Resonating from every psalm the reader is drawn to the personal relationship in how they overcame difficult circumstances by faith and dependence on the Lord God. For the Christian in modern day America the psalms are pertinent as society swirls deeper into ungodliness. Listen to what the unknown psalmist declares for man today.
HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER. The joyful message of the psalm understands that God is always present to care for His children. His love endures forever and is without wavering. We serve the same God Abraham loved and felt the love of God in his life. The Lord cared for and watched over Abraham – He will do that for us today. When I look at the moon at night I cannot help but think that Abraham, Moses, David, Jeremiah and the early disciples looked upon the same moon. It has remained constant since the beginning of time when Adam first beheld its beauty. So God’s love and mercy glows in the darkness of this world for me.
THE LORD IS ON MY SIDE. In whatever distress the author finds himself the Lord delivered him. The deliverance was so complete the Lord put him on a “broad place” to be secure. There is nothing to fear because God is on our side. What is there in this life to fear? Take a moment and think about what that means. There is nothing – nothing – to fear (disease, famine, peril, persecution, death, etc.) because God is on our side. We face a lot of uncertainties but with God there are no uncertainties. Like Peter walking on the water, our faith wavers when we take our eyes off the one who saves. Remember Jesus never took His eyes off of Peter. He saved the Galilean fisherman by His power.
I TRUST IN THE LORD. There is no one that has proven His trustworthiness more than the Lord God. We must trust in the Lord because His mercy is everlasting. We must trust in the Lord because no one can deliver us like the Lord God. Every time we put our trust in man failure comes. At best man is too frail to be completely trustworthy. We sin. We fail. We are unable to hold integrity in purity. Our confidence must be in the one who is ageless, all-powerful, all-knowing and all-loving. One of the great blessings of trusting in the Lord is He knows my every need. He also knows the answers to all my needs. What a great God we serve who blesses us with His everlasting love and protection. Give thanks to the Lord for HE IS GOOD. His mercy endures forever; the Lord is on my side; therefore, I trust in the Lord.
Can anyone think of believing in God without trusting Him? Is it possible to trust in God for the big things like forgiveness and eternal life, and then refuse to trust Him for the little things like clothing and food? (Oswald C. J. Hoffmann, Life Crucified, 1959)