Seeds of Trust
The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies. Psalm 18:2–3
There are moments in life when we need God to be a heavenly Father in whose lap we can crawl for comfort and safety. But at other moments, we need Him to be our Rock.
It was such a moment David thought about as he wrote Psalm 18. After a long period of battle, God had given him victory. It had come at great price, but it had come: God had delivered David. Reflecting on all that God had saved him from, David sang his praise: “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer.” God’s past faithfulness meant David’s greater trust in the present.
I’m sure you know the heat of the battle, when you are in survival mode, living one moment at a time, all the while offering feeble prayers. Then God gives you victory. We look back and see His hand more clearly than we did in real time, and we praise God, “my strength and shield.” When we think back to an instance of God’s deliverance, we find our trust in Him reborn in the present.
Dear Lord, today I remember all the times I was overpowered with waves of worry, when I faced seemingly impossible situations, when everything was crashing down on me. You always delivered me. You have been—and I am blessed that You always will be—my Rock.