“This I know, that God is for me” (Psalm 56:8 ESV)
In an age where ‘the self’ appears to reign supreme, where there is little or no trust in anyone or anything, upon what is a person to base any kind of faith at all?
The psalmist is beset by enemies who attack his faith and his person and well being without restraint or apology:
When I am afraid I put my trust in you. In God whose word I praise,
in God I trust: “I shall not be afraid” What can flesh do to me?
When the pressures of the world seem overpowering the response, or the antidote, is God. God is “for” those who trust him.
Is God a hobby, a nice distraction, an engaging and heartwarming thought at Christmas and Easter – or is there a genuine relationship of trust that will reap the reward of God’s comfort and strength in times of trouble?
In the words of the song: “Trust and obey – for there is no other way”
‘Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name for the Lord our God’. (Psalm 20:7 ESV)
‘Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.’
(Psalm 62:8 ESV)
‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.’
(Proverbs 3:5 ESV)
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord’. (Romans 8:31-39 ESV)