Trust :: #Write31Days #5mfw {Day 5}

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 “The LORD is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving” (Psa 28:7 NLT).

//There are two things I noted about this verse. First is the juxtaposition of strength and shield. Aren’t they kind of opposite, yet symbiotic? It reminds me of cliches like “a good offense is a good defense.” What good is a shield without the strength to bear it? And what good is immense strength without any protection? This picture demonstrates how God sustains us. I don’t think to pray for strength when I am praying for protection, but God still gives it. He thinks of everything. He is in the details. Not only does he provide the shield, but he supplies the strength with which to wield it.

Secondly, and most humbly, is the idea of trusting God with all my heart. What does it look like to trust God with my whole heart? Have I ever trusted anyone or anything with my whole heart? The word heart in this text means mind, will, or understanding. It comes from faith. I believe God provides everything I need. He is my portion. Yet, do I really? When trials come, what is my initial response? I try to fix it or to control it. I take the matter into my own hands and wrestle with it before failing and then calling upon God now, not only to deliver me from the trial,// but also to clean up the mess I made of it.

My prayer is for God to continue to sanctify me. Continue to shape my heart into the one you desire, Lord. Teach me what it means to trust you with my whole heart. I want to worship you that way. I want to give you the trust you deserve. I want to experience the joy that comes from putting complete trust in you. More of you, God. Less of me.