Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul. Psalm 25:1
Some versions say, “In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.”
Where do you put your trust? The psalmist says “Some trust in chariots and some in horses but we trust in the name of our Lord our God. (Psalm 20:7) He trusts not just in the God who does things for Him but in who God is. He trust is in the name, not just the deeds of God. God is the one whose nature is to protect us from evil. He is the one who wants to show you the path you should walk today. He longs to guide us with mercy and love in whatever situation we face. He wants you to know that you are not alone…ever. This is the God who gave His only Son for the forgiveness of your sins and mine, the one draws near to us when we are humble. He promises that, in Him, we will overcomers.
Should we want even more?!
We try to lift our souls to others but try as they might, they can’t fully understand our deepest dilemmas. Only God has the power to release us from that which ensnares us. Sometimes He miraculously does this physically; always He offers supernatural grace and strength to persevere when we are sure we have no strength left. This is the God who comforts the lonely and afflicted, the one who wants to free us from the anguish of our troubled heart.
Can you find anyone else so trustworthy?
Though the psalmist asks for numerous physical helps, he ultimately trusts God to maintain his integrity, to not let his name to be put to shame. God is the one who knows when we sit and when we rise. He knows every hair on our head. This God in whom we trust calls us by name. He knows we will have trouble in this fallen world. But He longs for and empowers us to live the name of good and faithful servant, to live with integrity through the battles, to stand firm.
Can you imagine coming to the end of your life, having everything you wanted but lacking integrity?
We could trust in and align our soul with so many things: our talents and abilities, our fortunes, our jobs, our family and friends, our health, our retirement. We could put our hope in stability and comfort. But we live in an unstable world, filled – as Jesus promised – with trouble. We have to put our hope in the only One who has overcome the world. (John 16:33)
In such a turbulent world, filled with sorrow and woe, where do you rest your weary soul? In whom will you trust?