“Just trust me on this.” Has anyone ever said these words to you? If you are a normal person, you have every right to ask a lot of questions to such a request: “Can I trust the person asking this? Does this person know what he’s talking about? What is his reputation and credibility? Has he let others down? Do I really know this person?” Trusting someone puts you in a vulnerable position…sometimes even a life-or-death situation. As I am reading Psalms, I discover so many of them are filled with the drama of great trials…and the need for great faith. Of the 140 times trust is mentioned in the Old Testament, 60 of these references are in Psalms. In essence, the Book of Psalms is a commentary on the Lord saying, “Just trust Me on this.” In my personal life, I discover that trust is not always my first response. It’s so natural for my human nature to give in to anxiety and fretting…to stress and strain, wondering if the Lord will come through for me again “this time.” However, the more I walk with God and experience His presence and character, the less I give in to negativity and doubt. David, who wrote more psalms than anyone, declared, “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him” (Psalm 28:7). Trusting God has a wholesome effect on my heart. Joy wells up deep within me as I know the Lord wants me to succeed in life and know His deep abiding peace. The reason I can trust Him is not just because He commands me but also because I know Him…and better yet, He knows me! I know His character is, and always will be, pure and holy. His faithfulness reaches above the skies (Psalm 36:5), and His love endures forever! When I consider His constant faithfulness throughout my life, the more I treat doubt and complaining as a sin. The Lord commands us to trust Him…and for good reason. He alone is sovereign and knows the way I should take. Just trust Him on this!
Pastor Mark Boucher