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10/12/2009

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Trust In The Lord


"Offer sacrifices and trust in the Lord" (Psa. 4:5).

Johnny Carson had his first successful TV gig in a daytime quiz show called "Who Do You Trust." The gist of the show was that there were three pairs of contestants, usually a man and woman. The category for a question was given and Johnny asked the man, "Who do you trust?" That meant, who do you trust to answer the question, you or your partner. By the way, Ed McMahon was his co-host. It was a funny show and ran from 1957-1962. Who you really trust is an important question and I would like to do a little series on the topic.

Obviously my trust emphasis will point toward the Lord, but there are obstacles we must sometimes face. Most of us are familiar with the 23rd Psalm. Many can recite it verbatim. When I read this Psalm I see trust in the Lord, plain and simple. (plain and simple works very well for me!). Just look at the trust..."I shall not want." He has this complete trust as the sheep trust the shepherd. The shepherd is a wonderful example of how important trust really is and how it works. David, a sheep, has no wants because the Lord his Shepherd is taking care of it. The shepherd and the sheep help to explain the balance between individual, (me) the church (the rest of the sheep) and the shepherd.

"I will fear no evil." The Psalmist has no mistaken impression that God will remove every uncertainty of life. The prayer isn't that he get a free pass through life. He cannot remove the specter of death that hangs over all of us. There are always dangers and all of us are going to die. Ahhhhhh...But here is where trust enters the picture. As Christians we sit under the care of our great God's protection. Those who trust in the Lord can walk through any valley, even the "valley of the shadow of death," and fear no evil. It is so wonderful and profound to know that our God has a benevolent interest in the lives of His people.

"And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." The Psalmist knew that his enemies would still be there. Jesus made it clear that if we stood with Him there would be those who opposed. "Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets" (Lk.6:26). In the epic combat between good and evil, there is no neutrality....no fence sitting.."He who is not with me is against me" (Matt. 12:30). No promises of a soft life are given, only the hope of one who trusts in his Savior. With our trust that God is with us, all can be overcome and "I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." More on trust tomorrow...

Have a wonderful day....It's a great day for a RAK..... Love mark phil. 4:11

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