04/09/18 Confidence

READING: Psalms 7, 27, 31, 34, 52

“But I trust in you, Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’”

Psalm 31:14

Read today’s news, and you’ll quickly see that life is filled with trouble. Natural disasters. Destructive fires. Unexpected deaths. Political intrigue. Chemical attacks. Ongoing wars. Child abuse. Facebook controversies. Bus crashes. Stock market issues. Terrorist attacks. Frankly, the world is so frightening that it almost feels best not to think about these things at all.   

I am reminded today, though, that no matter what we face in life, we can have confidence in the Lord. The psalmist knew that truth and leaned on it regardless of what enemies he faced. Let his words speak for themselves: 

  • “My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart.” (Psa. 7:10)
  • “Though an army deploys against me, my heart will not be afraid; though a war breaks out against me, I will still be confident.” (Psa. 27:3)
  • “But I trust in you, Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’ The course of my life is in your power; rescue me from the power of my enemies and from my persecutors.” (Psa. 31:14-15)
  • “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is near the brokenhearted; he saves those crushed in spirit.” (Psa. 34:17-18
  • “I will praise you forever for what you have done. In the presence of your faithful people, I will put my hope in your name, for it is good.” (Psa. 52:9)

What the psalmist understood is that God is bigger than anything we’re up against. I need to remember that truth as well, not letting my heart get consumed by circumstances that are tiny compared to the bigness of the God of the Bible. 

ACTION STEPS: 

  • Hold on to the verses listed above, and turn to them as you need them today.
  • If you’re already losing the battle to your circumstances, turn back to God now.

PRAYER: “God, thank You for being my shield. I trust You today.”   

TOMORROW’S READING:  Psalms 56, 120, 140-142