Trust in God is the biblical alternative to fear. I trust God when we take the gift of salvation freely offered and rejoice in Jesus alone. I further demonstrate and evidence ongoing trust as I unleash my life to His sovereign care and settle back into a life of obedience to God’s Word and service to others for God’s glory. As I continue to respond to God’s Word on a daily basis by becoming more and more like the Lord Jesus Christ, I will wait patiently on His working out all the details of our lives for His eternal glory and our eternal good.
This issue of TRUST is one that, though desired, is oftentimes difficult to actually explain how to do it. In the
43 years of the ministry to which God has called me, I believe it has been one of the most difficult for me, and others, to articulate in the specific "how-to-do" application. The progressive and cumulative action words found in Psalm 36:3-5,7 have given me a step-step-handle I just HOW I may trust the Lord. It is as follows:
We can spell the word TRUST in an acrostic format to show the action word describing it as seen in Psalm 37:
(trust) T Take the free gift of salvation Psalm 37:3 CONVERSION
(delight) R Rejoice wholly in Jesus alone Psalm 37:4 MEDITATION
(commit) U Unleash my life to the perfect Psalm 37:5 SUBMISSION plan of the Sovereign God
(rest) S Sacrificial submission to God Psalm 37:7 APPLICATION and sacrificial service to man
(wait) T Total responsibility on God for Psalm 37:7 CONFIDENCE the results of my obedience
Trust in God involves an abandonment of my own thoughts and ways, in deference to the higher perfect thoughts and ways of the sovereign Lord. As I live in obedience to His Word, and thereby give clear acknowledgment to Him in all of my ways, I can trust His unfailing promise of divine care and provision of all of my needs. He takes full authority to give me the direction in my life that is so needed by each of His blood-bought children who have received the Lord Jesus Christ by grace, through faith.
I encourage you to write this out on a 3x5 card for purposes of meditation and application, to be used for the rest of your life, as I do on a daily basis. May God bless you as you trust in Him.
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