Daily Bible Reading Reflections

But We Trust In…

To “trust in” some thing is to lean on that thing. Think of standing on the fifteenth rung of a ladder as you clear out your gutters this Fall. You’re “trusting in” the strength of that ladder for your physical well-being.

To “trust in” some one is to place your confidence in that person. Perhaps you’ve confided in them or asked for their help. Now, you’re relying on their character or depending on their ability and willingness to come through on your behalf. Without them, you know you’re in trouble.

As long as there have been human beings, we’ve “trusted in” various things, principles, and personalities. In Psalm 20:7, David reflected on the fact that “some trust in chariots and some in horses.” The problem? “They collapse and fall” (20:8). The same could be said of those who trust today in currencies and houses, in weapons of warfare and human governments, in physical strength and earthly prestige. Given enough time, they all “collapse and fall.” From the nuclear world power to a billion dollar nest egg, from my social status to my own “goodness” and limited understanding—to lean on and trust in any of those things as the foundation of my identity or source of my hope is to build my life on sand. Given enough time, it all collapses and falls.

“But we…“ Listen to David’s contrast and conclusion. “We trust in the name of the LORD our God.” Let’s sing and pray and commemorate and celebrate and encourage each other with that perspective today. Let’s live with that blessed assurance this week. We trust in the name above all names.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones. (Prov 3:5-8)

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but the objects of their trust will collapse and fall. We trust in the name above all names, the name of the LORD our God. The object of our faith is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. Trust him. Trust in him. Lean on him, and as you do, know that you’re leaning on everlasting arms.

“May he answer us when we call” (Psa 20:9).

Happy Lord’s day.