How do you want to be remembered when you’re gone from this life? If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, certainly you’d like to be thought of as a person of faith. A believer should be known for his/her belief. Amen?
This is especially true when faced with a stressful situation. The trials of life provide the opportunity for our faith to be tested. We only know if, and to what extent, we truly trust God when our backs are up against the wall, whether it be a serious illness or the loss of a job or a death in the family.
I’m especially fond of David’s psalms for this very reason: many of them were written when he was in the midst of a crisis. He spent many days literally on the run for his life. He often went to sleep at night not knowing if he’d wake up in the morning.
Psalm 28 is one of these “crisis psalms.” He cries out for God’s deliverance and begs Him to intervene. And in the middle of his prayer, he makes this simple statement: “My heart trusts in him” (Psalm 28:7). David’s faith is strong because he spends much time thinking of many great reasons to trust His God. Here are four of those reasons; each one focuses on a compelling aspect of God’s character expressed as a word-picture.
The other day I engaged my wife in a word association exercise. I read each of these word-pictures to her and then asked, “What do each of these divine portrayals mean to you?” Here’s is what she said. I would encourage you to answer this question, too!
God is my Rock (Psalm 28:1)
He is my foundation. I can build my life on Him. He is my unchanging source of strength.
God is my Shield (Psalm 28:7)
He protects me from my enemies and keeps me from harm.
God is my Fortress (Psalm 28:8)
He is my dwelling place, the safe place I can go to live and sleep.
God is my Shepherd (Psalm 28:9)
He directs me and guards me and cares for me. He’s always in charge and does the thinking and planning for my next move, for He will take me by the hand and lead me there.
When we spend time focusing on God as our Rock, Shield, Fortress and Shepherd, trusting Him becomes easier and the stresses of life become less stressful. We are not promised a problem-free life. But we are guaranteed that the God who made us will never leave us or forsake us. The One who has existed from eternity past can be trusted to give us whatever we need today and forever.
For all these reasons, and many more, we can sing with David, “Praise be to the LORD, for he has heard my cry for mercy. The LORD is my strength” (Psalm 28:6-7).