Choose to trust God
Even Listen to my words, Lord; consider my sighing. Pay attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for I pray to you. In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I plead my case to you and watch expectantly. Psalm 5:1-3
When trials come, how do you respond? Do you run away from problems or do you try to get rid of them as fast as you could? Oftentimes our tendency when confronted with trials in life is to face them focusing all our abilities trying to solve them. Then when we realize after we had exhausted all our energy only to find that the problem is insurmountable, that is the time we come to the Lord in prayer. Prayer becomes our last resort that is why after praying we come away thinking that God might not answer and our problem will remain. From the text, David’s response when faced with problems in life was very instructive. He did not throw up his hands in panicked surrender, switch his loyalties (see 5:2), or abandon his trust in God’s protection (5:3). Nor did he overestimate his ability to handle this problem and take matters into his own hands. Instead he turned to God. With words and sighs he prayed for God to intervene. Having taken his problems to God, David left them there: “In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I plead my case to you and watch expectantly” (5:3). David could be so expectant because he knew God’s character demanded that God would intervene and provide an answer to those that earnestly seek Him. “But I enter your house by the abundance of your faithful love; I bow down toward your holy temple in reverential awe of you” (5:7). Do not be tempted to think that God does not care. Accept the fact that without God, you will find it difficult to find answers to your problems. Do not let the notion that you are defenseless in the face of trials because you can always turn to the Lord for help. Take God in His Word and believe His promise that you are not alone facing the trials you have in life. He will be there to sustain you with His strength. Do not doubt His presence. Your father in heaven will not let you walk alone in darkness for He is the father of lights. “Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:16-17). So let Him lead you and let His light guide you. It is your choice; you can be hopeless, fearful, and doubtful or you can choose to trust God when facing trials in life. And just like David, you can rejoice even in the midst of trials when you choose to trust God. “All who take refuge in you rejoice; let them shout for joy forever” (5:11).
Noel De Guzman