Verse: Psalm 25
In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.
What a simple, yet profound, statement of faith. “In you, Lord, I put my trust.” Who do you trust in your life? What do we do with people we trust? We trust people with our hearts, with our secrets, with our fears, and even at times with our lives. We ask them for advice, seek their counsel, and often long for their approval. People have to earn our trust though, right? We don’t just trust anyone. People have to prove trustworthy. David (the writer of this Psalm) is confessing his complete and utter trust in God. God is faithful and good, and so he knows he can trust him above all else.
David continues: “I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause.”
Now we see the tension. David is under pressure. He is maybe even under attack. And when the temptation comes to take matters into his own hands, he reminds himself to trust God. No one who trusts God will be put to shame. How often do we take matters into our own hands when times get stressful or difficult? How often do we forget to keep our trust in God?
“Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”
My translation: “God I trust you more than myself, so please teach me your way to live life, not mine. Teach me your way through this difficult time. Show me your path for how to handle this situation.” I love this verse. Show me your ways. Teach me your paths. Guide me in truth. Why? Because I trust you. Don’t you want this for your life? Don’t you want to know God’s ways over your ways? God’s paths over your paths? And God’s truth over your truth? There are so many paths out there, and so many “truths” to choose from. How will you and I choose? Whom do we trust?
It all comes back to that very first verse: “In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.” In fact, I think we should read it like this: “In YOU, Lord my God, I put my trust.” Not in me. Not in others. Not in culture. IN YOU.
Author: Christian Dunn