“Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge”
We see God’s character addressed by David in this psalm. He is our fortress and mighty rock and our salvation. He is our hope and our soul finds rest in Him alone. He rescues, protects and shepherds us.
“I trust in You, O LORD; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in Your hands” (Psalm 31:14-15a). Our soul finds rest and hope in God alone (Psalm 62:1, 5).
We can pour out our hearts to God at all times for He is our refuge. Jeremiah says in Lamentations 2:19, “Cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin; pour out your heart like water in the presence of the LORD.” This suggests desperation, and transparent humility with a sincere heart before Him.
We trust in God because He is trustworthy! Our emotions may not feel it and our circumstances may not say it, but the Word of God reveals this truth: He is always faithful. We can trust Him at all times.
Unless we can cast ourselves completely on God’s mercy, we cannot experience His faithfulness—how personal and loving He is—and know that He can be trusted to meet our deepest needs.
EVERY TIME. AT ALL TIMES.
This faith and trust in God brings a peace “which transcends all understanding” (Philippians 4:7). We can say with Paul, “Lord, I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances You allow in my life” (Philippians 4:11).
When we begin to praise God in the midst of our pain, agony, our disappointment, we focus our attention on Him and not our problems. We acknowledge Him as our overcoming source and power. We begin to see our problems from His perspective, comparing them with our Almighty, unlimited, unchanging God. We see them as stepping stones rather than stumbling blocks, as opportunities instead of hindrances. They become the prelude to new victories, the raw materials for His miracles.
“I will bless the LORD at all times, His praise will always be on my lips” (Psalm 34:1). We learn that we can be joyful in our trials; and praise is a catalyst that jump-starts God’s maturing process in us (James 1:2-4).
We not only trust God at all times, we also praise Him at all times. There is no better time to praise God than this very moment!
Thank the Lord when trouble comes,
His love and grace expressing;
Grateful praise releases faith,
Turns trials into blessings. –Egner