Let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You. For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield. Psalm 5:11–12
Trust is noisy! Just look at King David! In the heat of battle, David was deeply dependent on God for his victories. In his times of worship, David shouted, sang, and danced—and embarrassed his wife Michal (2 Samuel 6). But David did not stop rejoicing; he did not stop his noisy trust. But too many of us have.
We have allowed skeptical people and struggling people to push back against our joyful trust and unabashed praise for all God does. But we are to trust noisily, for trust is not a peripheral component of our faith. Trust is the heart and center of our commitment to Jesus, so trust lifts its voice and shouts joyfully. Trust calls forth praise and triggers real joy. And as David did, when we experience victory, we are to shout about it. How can we do less!
Notice that David’s shout of joy gave way to confidence that God would “surround him as with a shield.” And this was no small shield, like one used to block an arrow. This shield was the size of a door that covered the whole body like armor. For you, this shield is God’s favor on you, strong and unfailing.
Noisy trust, unfettered joy, blessed confidence: let’s learn from David!
Help me to pay attention to protection, blessing, and provision and to shout. Let me be more aware that You are the source of my victory and that I’m surrounded by Your favor.