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.
David had a relationship with the Lord and because of that, he was confident that he could trust the Lord. He had experienced the faithfulness of God in the past and knew that God was trustworthy and would never disappoint him. David faced many obstacles in life but he trusted God in the midst of it. He knew that the most important thing in life wasn’t his riches, power or health, but to know God. In order to trust someone and increase your trust, you must be in a relationship. In the Bible text above, the word “entrust” is germane. You can only entrust your life to someone whom you have found consistent in integrity, and an intimate relationship is a basic factor in this matter, which in turn is a function of personal knowledge of God. So David’s trust in God was based on the nature of God—integrity.
Many of us might have been hurt in the past and therefore try to stay away as far as possible from opening our hearts to anyone. But once we start having a relationship with God, we start to realize that God is trustworthy and we start to allow people back into our lives. God created you for community; you can’t live all on your own. Realizing that the risk of being hurt while being vulnerable is worth the chance to love and to be loved. There is no man (human being) that will fully know you, but only God knows your every move and every thought. He knows you completely—all your weaknesses and all your strengths—and He loves you no matter what you have done or what you will do. This, in itself, should give you deep assurance that He is reliable and cares for you.
Therefore, when we grasp that reality and truth about God’s character, we start to understand that He is trustworthy and unlike the people who might have hurt you in the past, God will never hurt you. In fact, we will most likely be hurting Him by our foolish decisions. However, our actions don’t change anything about the nature and character of God. Once we enter a relationship with God, we begin to see His character—who He is in reality. And the more you read the Bible and walk and commune with Him, the more you start to see His character become real in your life. How will you prove God true if you don’t walk with Him?
David was only a little boy when he trusted God in fighting Goliath the giant. He took a leap of faith and put his trust in God and as a result, he defeated the giant. David wrote a few Psalms about trusting God because he experienced firsthand the truthfulness of God in his life. He also had read all stories on his forefathers who put their trust in God and in response to their faith, the LORD stood by them in the midst of life’s storms.
God wants us to be in a place where we surrender ourselves to Him and trust Him in the midst of the storm. When David walked up to Goliath, he had to take the steps of faith in order for God to work. Often God wants us to grow our faith and trust in Him by using our situations and circumstances to step out while leaning on Him for victory. The Bible even says anyone born of God has overcome the world, and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith (1 John 5:4). Never let fear hold you back from what God has in store for your life. Fear is from the enemy and he will try to keep you in that awful state of mind so that God is not able to use you for a great exploit.
But God says to you, ‘Come, take the leap of faith, for I am with you.’ It might not be comfortable, you still have to step out, knowing that God will never disappoint you when you act out your faith and continue to walk in that faith. I struggle myself with putting my trust in God at times because I like to be in control of the situation. I like to think that I am in control and know what is going to happen next. But, of course, as I am learning on this journey, it is foolishness to trust in myself. What are we capable of doing on our own strength? When we rely on God and His strength, we will grow in our character and trust Him more and more, then He will prove Himself strong and mighty on our behalf.
Father, help me to trust in you. I often want to lean on my own understanding but I surrender my life to you because your ways are higher than my own ways. I might not understand what is happening in the world, but I know I can trust you, never having to fear or be anxious because you are already in control of the present and the future. I no longer lean on my own understanding but on you, believing that you will make my paths straight according to your will.