13 Jan 2018

Trust in the Lord

by Helen Leaman

Start by reading…Genesis 28:1 - 29:35Matthew 9:18-38Psalm 11:1-7Proverbs 3:11-12

In Psalm 11:1, David emphatically states that his trust is not in himself or any other man, but in the one and only, true, living God. This must also be our testimony. Whatever situations we find ourselves in, we must not run away from them, but trust in our God.

He is the only refuge we need. God alone is our protection and security. Our declaration should be strong: “I will trust the Lord God almighty, who is above every single person, circumstance and everything else that might be. I will put my trust in Him!

Trust in the Lord is vital in our daily walk. We read in Hebrews 11:6 that:

“…without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

When we pray, we must put our confidence in Him. James 1:6 tells us to “ask in faith, with no doubting”. We must put our confidence and trust in Him as we encounter spiritual warfare, taking up the shield of faith (see Ephesians 6:16). We must have courageous faith. All things are possible for those who believe! (See Mark 9:23.)

David sought righteousness as he put his confidence and trust in God, and we can also have a righteous relationship with Him, through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. As Psalm 11:7 says:

“For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness…”

We are loved by God with an everlasting love, and He loves righteousness. Romans 3:22 teaches that we are justified by our faith in Christ, while Colossians 1:27 tells us that Christ, the “hope of glory”, is in us!

Pause and reflect: “Heavenly Father, enable us today to actively put our trust and confidence in you. Let us have our foundations in righteousness. Amen.”

Helen Leaman
Helen Leaman

Helen Leaman (MA) is a retired executive head teacher. She is married to Terry and together they have three grown-up children. Helen worships at Victory Church.

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  • Marian Matthews-nee Mackay

    Amen and Amen Helen. So much truth in this devotion. One of the many things I love about Bible in a Year is that we don’t miss out any part of the Word, but face even the verses we may find disturbing. And Psalm 11 is no exception.

    “The Lord is in His holy temple,
    The Lord’s throne is in heaven;
    His eyes behold,
    His eyelids test the sons of men.
    The Lord tests the righteous,
    But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.
    Upon the wicked He will rain coals;
    Fire and brimstone and a burning wind
    Shall be the portion of their cup.

    For the Lord is righteous,
    He loves righteousness;
    His countenance beholds the upright.”

    Whilst we know that salvation comes through grace alone, we are also called to obedience, and to work toward holiness and righteousness if we hope to see God. We are told to ‘run the race’, ‘work out our salvation in fear and trembling’, and to stay grafted into the true vine. God is Holy, Righteous and Pure in all His ways, and when we take lightly the sacrifice of Jesus, and go our own way, we have no hope of finding real relationship with our Holy Heavenly Father. Jesus is the bridge, but He then says, “If you love me, you will obey my commandments.” We are called by Jesus to love God with all our heart, mind and soul, and our neighbour as ourself. Jesus is the Way from earth to Heaven. There is no other way, because our righteous and Holy Heavenly Father and in Psalm 11 we see one of the many things God hates. We need to heed these warnings and embrace the wonderful, glorious gospel message whereby we can find grace, mercy, forgiveness and cleansing from all our sin, so that we can become acceptable to God and embrace Him in a beautiful relationship without fear because we’ve been washed in the precious blood of the Lamb.

    But when we deliberately do wrong, then we cut ourselves off from God who “hates” sin in all its forms. When we truly love Him, we will discover we too hate sin and the web in which it can entangle us. There is much for our prayers today and more scriptures to read and heed.. And I can think of no better words to pray and meditate upon than the words in the prayer you have written for us.