Trust. Why is it so hard for all of us? I’ll tell you why because we’ve all been hurt, we’ve all been let down. Trust is something that I struggle with on a daily basis. And trusting God is on a whole ‘nother level. It is something that I am continually studying out and reflecting on in my time with God. The number one place in my Bible that I turn to when it comes to trust is the Psalms. So, I’ve compiled a list of my 3 go-to Psalms in times that I find myself struggling to surrender my life over to God’s will.
The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises
and faithful in all he does.[c]
I love this because it reminds me that no matter what: God is good, he is constant. In a world that is relentlessly “updating” it is good to know we have a timeless God. This provides me with the security that I need to know that God is always faithful. I may be going through a difficult time, but God is faithful. I may be feeling hopeless, but God is faithful. I may be in unbearable pain, but God is faithful. I may be angry with him, but he is faithful. He will not change his feelings towards me no matter how I am feeling or what I am going through, he is constant. He is good.
7 You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.
Is God your hiding place? The place you run to when you need to escape from this world? When I think of a hiding place, I think of safety. You go somewhere to hide because you want to feel safe, you don’t want anyone else to find you. God is this safe place. I imagine God wrapping his arms around me, surrounding me with his presence and me completely letting go of all inhibitions because I feel secure and free. Does God make you feel safe in this way?
14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
Psalm 91: 14-16
This Psalm speaks to my soul and let me tell you why…
As a child, I was full of insecurities, anxieties, and doubts. I was always overwhelmed with feelings of uncertainty.
A lot of this has to do with experiences that I had with my brother. I’m about to get real real here. My brother is a drug addict. He has been since he was 15 years old (he’s now 36). SO growing up, I experienced A LOT because of him (a whole nother 15 blog posts worth that I’ll get to someday).
My parents are AMAZING, the world’s BEST parents, and did their best to protect and shield me from what was going on but I could still sense their anxieties and worries. My brother made his own decisions, he didn’t come from a broken home (my parents have been married for 45 years! I know, like I said AMAZING!), didn’t have a history of abuse, no history of drug abuse in our family, etc. He had a privileged childhood and just made and continues to make bad decisions.
Anyway, the whole reason for me sharing a snippet of this part of my story is because this Psalm meant so much to me growing up. I can remember my mom constantly whispering this Psalm in my ear whenever she could sense my fears. She knew my anxieties, my worries, my stresses, and she did the only thing she knew she could to calm them.
She whispered truth in my ear.
She reminded me that I was not alone, she reminded me that I had a God who was bigger than any stress I might feel, any fear I might have, and any uncertainty I might face. She reminded me to find my security in God alone, because he never changes.
God’s word inspires me to seek truth. In a world of uncertainty and so many anxieties and fears, his Word is a constant reminder of his presence in my life.
God is trustworthy, he is a hiding place, and he is our rescuer.
I hope that you can be encouraged by these scriptures and even more so, encouraged to seek truth from His word for yourself. I’ve often found that when I am needing to dig deeper into His Word, reading a commentary on the Bible helps tremendously. Here is a link to a commentary specifically on the Books of Psalms.
If you found this helpful, you may like my blog post on “5 Must Read Psalms on God’s Greatness“