A Life of Trust
The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You. Psalm 9:9-10
Trusting is not easy. Trust isn’t merely a grit-your-teeth intellectual exercise. Instead, trust develops gradually as we see God bring us through trials and troubles.
Young warrior-king David wrote Psalm 9 after experiencing times of victory and despair. Now when danger threatened, David needed to remind himself of God’s promise to be “a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.” A warrior’s term, refuge refers to a place of safe retreat while the battle rages. For us this is not a physical place; instead, our refuge is our relationship with God. We enter that relationship by trust.
And trust is confidence in God’s love and His guided-by-His-love plans for our lives. Ultimately we trust Him because we know Him. To know His name means that when we hear it, we remember all that God is—the Source of life, the Giver of His Holy Spirit, the One to whom we speak and who speaks to us, the One who is Lover, Liberator, and Life-Bringer. We enter the refuge of God’s presence as we read and study, believe and obey, pray and worship.
Living a life of trust gives us stories of God’s faithfulness to share, often inspiring others to a greater trust in God. Those Christ-followers who know God best are those who trust Him most, and their trust is a strong testimony of His faithfulness.
Today I seek refuge in You, Lord God. For when I’m in Your presence, I find my hope, my peace, and my confidence renewed.