Who do you go to for counsel? In whom do you place your trust? How do you know who to trust? These are all good questions! I used to always call my mom or dad, depending on the question. Now that Mom’s gone, I call Dad a lot more, but I also rely more on God as well.
In verse 1 of Psalm 16, David says, “Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust.” (NKJV) What better place can there be to place our trust? Much of the rest of the Psalm David talks about the result of putting all his trust in God: “My goodness is nothing apart from You.” (vs 2 NKJV) “You maintain my lot.” (vs 5 NKJV) “I have a good inheritance.” (vs 6 NKJV) “I shall not be moved.” (vs 8 NKJV) and much more.
There are several words that David uses to describe the blessings he is receiving because of that trust he has placed in God, that I find especially comforting, things that I need daily. “My heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope.” (vs 9 NKJV) “In Your presence is fullness of joy at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (vs 11 NKJV) Is your heart glad? Some synonyms for glad are: happy, delighted, gleeful. Do you ever wake up with a song of praise going through your mind. I do sometimes and it sets my whole day up for blessings. Do you have hope? My favorite Bible verse is one that I found when I was terrified because our home had been robbed. It’s Jeremiah 29:11 “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” I found great comfort in that verse, in that hope. Something else David found in trusting in the Lord was joy. Joy isn’t just a giddy happiness; it’s not walking around wearing a silly grin even in difficult times. It’s being able to say honestly and wholeheartedly, even in the midst of life’s most trying moments, “It is well with my soul.” It’s finding peace in the knowledge that no matter how hard life is, God is there to give us comfort, and to help us stand. That’s the joy of the Lord.
Where do you place your trust? In the President? He is only human. In the economy, the stock market, the almighty dollar? They sometimes crash. In yourself? We all sometimes fail. Put your trust in God and say with David, “Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.” (vs 8 NKJV)