Trust in God’s faithfulness. Make trusting in God’s faithfulness the number one reminder in your life. In Him you will not stumble and fall. When life gets tough, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and alone. But in Psalm 31:9-18, the psalmist reminds us we can turn to God and find strength in trusting Him.
The psalmist begins by pouring out his heart to God, saying “Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eye is wasted from grief; my soul and my body also.” (v.9) He is honest and transparent about his struggles, reminding us that it is okay to bring our pain and troubles to God.
But even in the midst of his distress, the psalmist chooses to trust in God’s faithfulness. He declares, “But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.'” (v.14) He reminds us that no matter what we’re going through, we can trust that God is good and faithful.
The psalmist also acknowledges God’s protection, saying “You have been a refuge for me, a strong tower against the enemy.” (v.8) God is not just faithful, but He also protects and shields us from harm.
Lastly, the psalmist also prays for God’s deliverance, “O Lord, let me not be put to shame, for I call upon you; let the wicked be put to shame; let them go silently to Sheol.” (v.17) Here, he acknowledges that our troubles won’t last forever and that God is the one that can provide deliverance and salvation.
In times of trouble, it can be easy to focus on our circumstances, but Psalm 31:9-18 reminds us to turn to God and trust in His faithfulness, protection, and deliverance. When we choose to trust in God, He gives us the strength to endure our troubles and to find peace.
As we go through life’s difficult moments, let us remember the words of this psalm and put our trust in our faithful and loving God, who is always there for us.
Additional Data for Your Meditation when placing trust in God’s faithfulness
You are encouraged to take the following actions:
- Cry out to God in times of trouble: In Psalm 31:9, the psalmist expresses his distress and calls out to God for help. Similarly, we should turn to God in times of trouble, and express our needs and fears to Him.
- Trust in God’s faithfulness: In Psalm 31:14, the psalmist declares his trust in God, saying “But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.” Similarly, we should put our trust in God, knowing that He is always faithful to His promises and loving towards His children.
- Acknowledge God’s protection: In Psalm 31:8, the psalmist acknowledges God as his refuge and strong tower against the enemy. In the same way, we should recognize and thank God for the protection He provides us in our daily lives.
- Pray for God’s deliverance: In Psalm 31:17, the psalmist prays for God’s deliverance, asking Him to not be put to shame. We should also pray for God’s deliverance, whether it be from specific troubles in our lives or for salvation for the wicked.
- Trust in God’s deliverance: In Psalm 31:17, the psalmist trusts in God’s deliverance from the shame and distress he is experiencing. In light of this, we should also trust in God’s deliverance from troubles, both current and future.
These actions are supported by several other biblical references such as “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) , “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28), “casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”(1 Peter 5:7), “I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.” (Psalm 116:1-2), “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
In addition, you should also keep in mind that reading, studying and meditating on the scripture is also a fundamental step in order to understand the will of God and to help apply the action points that are listed here.
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