Published December 2, 2014

Paul's Epistle...
"Trusting God"

I love it when a particular theme seems to run through multiple currently-popular songs. It's as if the Lord is trying to get our attention — driving home a message we need to hear.

If you heard the December countdown on last weekend's broadcast, you heard me mention that two songs in the top six overtly deal with the matter of trusting God. Even the number one song for the month deals with the theme of the faithfulness of God – which is why we can, indeed, trust Him.

The number six song, as sung by the Perrys, says it plainly and boldly: "I Can Trust Him." It's a clear reminder of God's trustworthiness:

     Everyday I wake to find that God's been faithful
     In all the ways I knew that He would be.
     And I don't know how some people live without Him
     Because I know what Jesus means to me...

     I can trust Him, I can trust Him,
     For my God's at work in all things that I need.
     He is able and unchanging
     He's the hope that still surrounds me faithfully.
     I can trust Him.
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The number two song echoes that message, "Not Afraid To Trust Him," as sung by the Whisnants. Its chorus tells us,

     I'm not afraid to trust Him, as I face the raging sea,
     I don't know what lies ahead, but I know Who stands by me.
     I don't know about tomorrow, but I know who holds my hand.
     I've placed my faith in Him. I'm not afraid to trust Him.
2

Even the month's number one song, "I Know Enough," as sung by the Bowling Family, echoes this same message of God's faithfulness to bring us through whatever we face:

     I've been on the other side of the mountain
     Seen the night give way to day
     Delivered over and over when it seemed there was no way.
     I've been rescued by mercy, lifted by love.
     I may not know much, but I know enough
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Our degree of trust in God is a prime indicator of our level of faith in God. Trust is built on the foundation of faith. If we have faith in God, we can trust Him to do whatever should be done, whatever needs to be done in our lives. Faith undergirds and defines our relationship with God. Trust is evidence we believe He will act to fulfill His promises on our behalf.

God has demonstrated His trustworthiness in the way He's fulfilled His promises over the centuries. In 1st Kings 8:56 we read, "...Not one word has failed of all the good promises He gave through His servant Moses." And anyone who's been a Christian for any length of time can testify about ways the Lord has demonstrated His trustworthiness in their lives – including all of those things for which we gave thanks a few days ago at Thanksgiving (and, I would hope, every day). The closer you get to God – through prayer and through study of His Word – the easier it is to trust Him completely.

That's the testimony of those songs quoted above. "Everyday I wake to find that God's been faithful..." And, "I don't know about tomorrow, but I know who holds my hand." Or, "Delivered over and over when it seemed there was no way." These are testimonies of the saints, born of experience! "...Those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You" (Psalm 9:10).

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths" (Proverbs 3:5-6).

That's both the assurance and the challenge. Trust the Lord! Rely fully on His promises. Just do it! Don't worry that you can't handle it. Thank the Lord! Praise the Lord! Trust the Lord "with all your heart." And the promise? Trust Him fully and "He shall direct your paths."

Could you ask for any better direction? He is truly worthy of our total trust. You can count on it — now and, literally, forever.

- Paul

"Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!" (Psalm 34:8.)

1. First verse and chorus of "I Can Trust Him," as sung by the Perrys, written by Joel Lindsey & Wayne Haun, lyrics used by permission.
2. Chorus of "I'm Not Afraid to Trust Him," as sung by the Whisnants, written by Sandy Blythe.
3. Chorus of "I Know Enough," as sung by the Bowling Family, written by Marcia Henry & Belinda Smith.


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