May 23, 2017

Safe and Secure!

“Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore” (Psalm 125:1-2).

Notice that the psalmist includes a condition to these promises of safety and security: “those who trust in the Lord.”  What is this trust that we are supposed to have? How is it manifested in our lives? What is incorporated in the action of trusting God?

First of all, a simple explanation of trusting God is taking Him at His word. In other words, not doubting His promises of blessing or chastisement, obeying His commands without question, believing that He is who He says He is.

Second, trusting God involves the recognition of Him as Creator of all things, and the acceptance of Christ as the only way to God (Genesis 1:1; John 14:6). If we truly take God at His word, we will believe what He has stated throughout Scripture. This aspect of trusting God is the essential part of receiving salvation, for we are saved by faith, not by works (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Third, trusting God is an essential part of the everyday Christian life; indeed, it is commanded of believers to walk by faith even as we were saved by faith (Colossians 2:6-7). In other words, faith does not stop at salvation; we are not to cease trusting God after we believe on Him as our Creator and Savior.

Fourth, trusting God comes through knowing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). The only way to increase our faith, to further our trust in our Heavenly Father, is by reading and hearing His words to us. Think of it in the human realm: how can you get to know someone better if you never communicate with them? How can your trust in them grow if you never listen to their words or consider their actions? Our trust in someone directly correlates with our knowledge of them. And our knowledge of them stems only from interacting with them, hearing and listening to them, knowing their words and their actions. It is the same in the spiritual realm:

We can only grow to trust God more if we are daily learning more of His character and His works toward mankind, by reading and studying His Word. We will only learn to trust Him more as we learn more of Him.

Look again at the promise given to those who have learned (and are continuing to learn) to trust God: they will be “like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.” We who trust in God will be as immoveable as the great Mount Zion, the image of eternal steadfastness. We will be divinely protected, not from temptations or trials, but kept secure in the arms of our Father. He will establish us, strengthen us, settle us, even as a fruitful tree planted by a great river (Psalm 1:3).

What a promise of stability for those who trust in the Lord!
What an assurance of security!

“What a fellowship, what a joy divine, leaning on the Everlasting Arms!
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine, leaning on the Everlasting Arms!”