Who are the people in your life that you trust?
Has anyone ever betrayed a trust? How does that feel? What would it take for you to trust them again?
Read Psalm 25
The Psalm begins with a declaration of trust, “In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.” After this the Psalm seems to move back and forth between confessions (“No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame”) and prayers for help (“Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths”). There is certainly a connection between what we understand about God to whether we can truly trust God.
Think of it this way: if you need to cross a frozen lake, your confidence in the crossing is influenced by your belief in the thickness of the ice. A deep and solid confidence that the ice is thick will move you to go onto it. But if you think it is going to break, you will stay on the shore.
Do we believe the God revealed in Jesus is like this:
8 Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
9 He guides the humble in what is right
and teaches them his way.
10 All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful
toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.
11 For the sake of your name, Lord,
forgive my iniquity, though it is great.
Do we recognize God as “good” and “loving”? Really, our entire understanding of good and loving is rooted in God because God is Good and Love (notice the capital letters). When humans aim for the highest Good or the deepest Love we are aiming for God. God’s very essence, our definition of God, is that God is Good and Love.
As we reflect and meditate and learn more that this is how God is, we will be moved to trust. Trust not just in words, but in actions. Because I know my wife and trust her, I am willing to live and act in practical and tangible ways towards her that I would not if I did not trust her. Our trust of God, who is love, will flow into love of others (and if you were at CSF last night, you know we talked of how our mission is to love God and love others).
God is love. God loves us.
We trust God. We love others.
Who can we show love to this weekend?
**I recently began sending the students in CSF a brief reflection on a Psalm each Friday. My hope is that it will provide them with some motivation to read scripture. I have enjoyed meditating on the Psalms, and I look forward to taking the next few years to get through them all! I decided it might be worthwhile to post the weekly devos here, so if you happen to read this, I pray it is helpful. Enjoy.