Posted by: bshelley | June 27, 2008

Seeking God’s Heart- by Bryan Shelley

Audio Version: seeking-gods-heart-psalm-56_4

Today’s Verse: Psalm 56:4 In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. NASB

It can be so disheartening when people let us down. We want to think the best of those around us and to trust them, but it is likely that by design, neglect or oversight at some point they will fall short. For many, this fact causes them to put up defenses against possible hurt. People can become cynical, pessimistic and bitter because of hurts. The problem with all those defenses is that they not only keep out hurt, but everything good as well. There is a tendency then to project onto God the shortcomings of humans. Although it is understandable on one level, it simply is not true. It is so wonderful to know deep down that we can stand on faith knowing that God is always faithful! He loves because He is love. He cannot abide darkness because He is pure Light. What He says He will do, He has always done. As my dad used to say, “You can take His word to the bank.” The context for this Psalm is King David’s capture by the Philistines at Gath. He is calling out to God for deliverance from very dire and difficult circumstances. Yet in the midst of a terrifying situation, David reiterates this confidence in God. In the face of captivity and the possibility of death, he can express incredible words of confidence in God. He says in verse 11:

In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?

God is faithful to keep His every promise. We may experience all manner of loss and pain and even betrayal in this life, yet we must not shut out the very source of hope that we have in Him. We must let down defenses created by bitterness and fear of more hurt and let Him fully in. We need not fear Him who loves us so much that He was willing to allow His own precious Son to be put to death on our behalf. Lord help us drop defenses created as a result of fear and being let down by others that we might be able to build lives of faith built on the foundation of Your faithfulness.

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