“What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee” Psalm 56:3, KJV
I remember that as a young child, nothing could calm my fears like my mothers comforting words and comforting touch. She had a special way of saying everything will be all right and in trusting her, my fears would dissolve.
As my thoughts turn to our Heavenly Father today, I am encouraged by the comfort found in His Word and the hope found in Him:
In Psalm 56:3 King David says that “what time I am afraid, I will trust in thee”. I appreciate the order of words here, not: because I trust in thee, I am never afraid, but when I am afraid, I will trust in thee. I believe that God is in control, but there are still times when a crisis or uncertainty arise, that I experience an initial onset of fear. This however leaves me with a choice: Will I be overcome with fear, or will I respond by choosing to trust Him and then entrust the situation to Him entirely?
My mind goes back to Job who was faced with some very real challenges such as death of his loved ones, grief, health issues, unbelief of family members, cruel “friends” and uncertainty to name a few. These were frightening situations, no doubt, but Job kept his faith. If He gave in to his circumstances , the final outcome could have been much different, but we read in Job 42 that the Lord was pleased with Job and gave him twice as much as he had before. (Job 42:10) Job did not know how long those trials and burdens would continue or what the final outcome would be, and neither do we, but in the Lord there is a place of refuge, as well of strength – “God is our refuge and strength Psalm 46:1a, KJV (emphasis mine). I love how the Bible reassures us that the Lord is our shelter in the time of storm – “In the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.” Psalm 57:1b, KJV. What a precious thought, just as my mother held me close to comfort me when I was little, the Lord embraces me with His grace and peace as I take refuge under His wings.
We all face our own storms, challenges, uncertainties and fears, but fret not for there is hope in times of trouble! If we put our eyes on the Lord, choose to trust Him and then entrust our troubles to Him entirely, we can know that peace that passeth all understanding and like David know that the Lord is our rock and fortress, our strength!
One thing that I have come to appreciate greatly in the troubles, is learning how great my God is! I am indeed feeble and weak, but He is able, He is the great “I AM” – In closing, let’s read and meditate on this powerful reminder: “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 2:9, KJV.