November 23, Trust Reminder
Today’s reading: Psalms 111-115
“All you Israelites, trust in the Lord—he is their help and shield. House of Aaron, trust in the Lord—he is their help and shield. You who fear him, trust in the Lord—he is their help and shield” - Psalm 115:9-11.
These verses are in the midst of a series of psalms that encourage the reader to trust in the Lord, no matter what people say to discourage such thinking or what the circumstances look like. It is interesting that the theme of trusting the Lord comes up over and over again in the psalms. Of course, that means we need to be reminded over and over again of our need to trust in the Lord and not ourselves or others. In fact, even when God has proved Himself to us, we tend to stray and put our faith in other things, as did Israel:
. . . in the wilderness. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.” In spite of this, you did not trust in the Lord your God, who went ahead of you on your journey, in fire by night and in a cloud by day, to search out places for you to camp and to show you the way you should go (Deuteronomy 1:31-33).
Are you in a panic right now, even though God has shown Himself strong on your behalf over and over again? Are you living in the worries of tomorrow, instead of the joy of today? Are you fretting over what might not happen next year, instead of thanking God for what you have today?