Wednesday, 14th October 2020
Title: Put Our Trust In God
Author: Pastor Wallace Ong
Psalm 143: 8
8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.
This verse came to my mind one morning as I was preparing for my new day. There were many things on my to-do-list – several people to talk to and some important decisions that I needed to make. Not knowing how my day would turn out to be, I thought of this verse and the importance of putting our trust in God at the beginning of each day. As we, are awaken in the morning, the very first words that come out from our lips ought to be Psalm 143:8, don’t you agree?
There are moments in our lives when the path before us is unclear and we can only take one small step at a time, but God who knows the plan can see the whole journey. King David faced many difficult situations in his life and learned many things about putting his trust in God, the Lord of his life. He called the Lord as his Shepherd in Psalm 23 and his shelter, his refuge, and his shield in many other Psalms.
Do we have the same trust just as how King David has for the Lord? It is actually very hard to speak of the attribute of “trust” living in today’s world which is filled with deceptions and broken promises. We should not be surprised why there is such an unprecedented rise in “trust issue” among families, friends, and the society at large, let alone the unseen God. In this verse, the original Hebrew verb, בָ֫טָ֥חְתִּי (va•ta•che•ti) means “to trust; figuratively, to trust in something, to feel safe, be confident or sure. When Jesus told us “…to let our ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and our ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one” – (Matthew 5:37), He commanded us to do this because He wanted to let us know that He is God who will honor whatever things He had promised us and we can trust in Him.
For King David, no matter how much doubts and sorrows he had experienced, how insurmountable the problems he had to face or how devious the enemy had stalked his path, he continued to depend and “trust” that God was on his side, protecting him and giving him strength. King David came to God in prayers and praised the Lord in countless number of times for His loving-kindness that never fails, and His grace and mercy that are of unlimited supply.
Like the Psalmist, you and I, must trust in God, our Father in Heaven, and never doubt His unfailing love which is new and available to us every morning. Every day we should call upon the Lord to be our helper – whether it is for seeking life’s direction, for seeking refuge from enemies, for seeking forgiveness and repentance for our transgressions, or for worshiping him to glorify His name. The foundation upon which our prayers and praises shall rest is trusting in Him.
Our Heavenly Father,
We thank You for Your unfailing love. Help us, O Lord, to imitate King David when we come to You each morning, so that we can learn to fully trust in You in Your plan for the days, weeks, and the months ahead. Help us to remember Your faithfulness in the past and faithfully trust that You will keep us safe and secure in Your love.
We pray that You will help us to understand Your way and Your will for our lives. Thank You, Lord, for your grace that is sufficient and for Your loving-kindness that is new every morning. We pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.
我们有没有像大卫王对主那样倚靠的心呢？实际上，生活在充满欺骗和违背诺言的当今世界，要谈及 “信任” 是一件很困难的事。我们不应感到惊讶，为什么家庭、朋友和整个社会中 “信任问题” 具前所未有的攀升，更不必说看不见的上帝了。在这节经文中，原文希伯来语的动词 בָ֫טָ֥חְתִּי（va•ta•che•ti）的意思是 “信任”；比喻义，相信某事、感到安全、有信心或肯定。耶稣告诉我们：“你们的话、是、就说是．不是、就说不是．若再多说、就是出于那恶者。”（马太福音5:37），祂命令我们如此做，因为祂要让我们知道，祂是上帝，祂会兑现祂对我们的应许，我们可以相信祂。
对大卫王来说，无论他经历了多少疑惑和悲伤，无论他面对的问题多么难以克服，或者敌人多么奸狡地在他的途径上出没，他继续依靠和 “相信” 上帝站在他这方，保护他并赐他力量。大卫王藉着祈祷来到上帝面前，无数次地赞美祂永恒的慈爱，以及祂无穷尽的恩典和怜悯。