"Trust Building" Tuesday Psalm 9:10

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“May everyone who knows Your mercy keep putting their trust in You,

for they can count on you for help no matter what.

O Lord, You will never, no never, neglect those who come to You”

Psalm 9:10 (TPT)

Trust is not something that comes easy to us. If we’re honest, learning to trust God is a difficult, sometimes daily or even minutely process. For most of us, our time spent in this world has taught us little about trust and much about self-protection. In North America we are a very lonely and isolated society for the most part. Where once it would have been nearly unheard of not to know at least a few of those living in close proximity to you, now we often do not even know one of our neighbors. Trust is at an all time low in a land where fear rules.

Trust is always built on something.

When trust crumbles it is because a foundation has been shaken. Be it between two people, church goers and a lead pastor or in corporate business, trust is always built and easily shattered. Though the scriptures implore us to trust God, God never made this request of us without first pledging His allegiance to us. He never demands trust without first assuring His love for us.

He is seen throughout the whole bible steadying His prophets and people with the affirmation of His love and a powerful sincere statement of committed personal investment, “I will be with you.”

God is not a disconnected task master who demands trust without giving an ounce of His own heart. He has given all He has and is to and for us.

Today’s Psalm calls our attention to a key understanding which enables more trust in God, “everyone who knows Your mercy…”

You will never trust a God you do not know.

Learning to trust God requires the process of learning His heart towards us. They work in tandem. As we draw closer to Him our fears about Him can be relieved by the truth of who He is coming to light. God has made His desire to be known by us very clear,

“I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings.” Hosea 6:6 (NLT)

He desires we come to know and trust Him from that place rather than unwillingly comply with what we believe to be His demand to trust Him.

In fact trust cannot happen outside of relationship.

We know this in our lives with other people but we often seem to miss this in our life with God. Here’s a crazy thing;

He is willing to win our trust.

He deserves it already. There are no flaws in Him, He cannot lie and has no evil intent at all. If we can learn to trust fallible humans how much more a perfectly loving God? But we need to come to know that is who He is and that is found out through relationship. It’s being honest and open with Him taking every area you currently struggle with straight to Him in prayer and worship. It is most helpful to ask Him why you struggle to trust Him because He will reveal to you the reasons behind your lack of trust. Paraphrasing a message from Melissa Helser, repenting for a belief will always gain more traction in our lives than simply repenting of a behavior. This is because our behaviors are simply the outflow of our beliefs.

Every area we have fear in our walk with God is an area that has not yet been perfected by His love. We have to let His Spirit transform us and draw us into deeper relationship with Him in order to connect with His love which will dispel the fear and mistrust. As we grow through this process we will eventually be able to proclaim as John did,

“and so we know and rely on the love God has for us” (1 John 4:16)

The more we come to know His love for us, the more we will rely on His love - and that’s really the base ingredient for trust. Believing in someones good heart and purpose towards you. In this process, our hearts become convinced of why He will not abandon us, why He will not let us fail, why He will provide…He will do it all because He loves us.

You will need to have an answer for the fear in your own heart and the constant attempt of the enemy of our souls to discredit the trustworthiness of God our Father. The most powerful retort you have for the lies is simply a confident, “He loves me!”

If you’re struggling to trust God in a particular area today I’d invite you to spend time with Him opening up the issue to Him in a journal, contemplative bible reading, prayer or worship or another way you find you connect with Him. He longs to reveal the truth to your heart that will set you free to trust Him more.

I pray you are radically impacted by His care and value of you today.