Stephen Van Bueren
The book of Psalms is very different from almost all the other books of the Bible in that it does not follow one particular story line. Or necessarily share the same thought from one to the next. However, the unifying thing throughout all 150 Psalms is that each point us to a returned focus on God. And 19-24 are no exception.
A key verse(s) that really stood out to me was actually a mesh between Psalm 21:7 “For the king trusts in the LORD, and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved.”
David is speaking of himself as the “king.” There were many things throughout David’s life that had the potential to “move” him away from the LORD – to fixate and focus on the wind and waves of life – and I can totally relate. Reading Psalm 21:7 was a challenging reminder to me as it begged in me the question: “Stephen, what are you putting your trust in right now?”
There have been many things, at many different times in my life, that have tried to pull my focus away from God – and not all of those things were inherently bad. I can recall in those times beginning to put my trust in those things or in those people – only to inevitably be let down. And when I look up, I realize that I had been moved from the Rock.
But never has there been a time when my trust has been in the LORD – and His steadfast love for me – have I been moved. Now don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been affected by something or someone. It just means that after the wind and the waves blew and beat against my house – I was still standing on the Rock.
In what or whom am I, and are you, trusting?
Vs. 7 reminds me that my trust needs to be in the LORD – and in Him alone! And in His steadfast love!
How does what you read change your vision of God? I wouldn’t say that it changes my vision of God – but rather it reminds me of where I need to be fixing my eyes. The things of the flesh will always break down – inevitably they will always disappoint. But God never will.
How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)
Whether it be the small day-to-day moments of life – or the bigger obstacles that we will sometimes face – I am going to really strive to pause and ask myself: “Stephen, in what or in whom are you trusting right now?” I hope that in doing so that I will be quicker to catch myself beginning to gaze at the “things” and the “people” – so I can be much quicker to re-fix my sight on Jesus!
The goal of this would be so that I will be able to withstand those trying times – and after I have done everything I can – to be standing unmoved in the end (Ephesians 6:13)
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)
Jesus said that he would never entrust himself to mankind because he knew what was in mankind (John 2:24). Therefore, He entrusted himself to God alone – and to Him who judges justly.
Let that be said of all of us!