TRUST: Look to God for Strength when others seek to Harm You


In the post TRUST: He Has Heard My Cry for Mercy, we learned that God hears our cry for mercy and responds to those who belong to Him. Similarly in Psalm 31, we see David TRUST: Look to God for Strength when others seek to Harm You. King David was regularly in danger from Saul or those close to him.

We can learn from David by considering what he says in the Word of God. He gives us valuable insight in how to respond whether he responded properly or not. In Psalm 31, we see a proper response when facing perplexing or difficult and trying circumstances. We wee the range of emotions from fear to confidence. When he feared, he looked at the circumstances more than the Creator. When he was confident, he looked at the Creator more than the circumstances.

In this excursion into TRUST, I have shared that when we look at who God is, His character, and what God has done, His works, one’s response aligns with what God expects – TRUST in Him. Here in verses 1-8, David evidences the same thing – TRUST: Look to God for Strength when others seek to Harm You.

Psalm 31

In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;
    let me never be put to shame;
    deliver me in your righteousness.
Turn your ear to me,
    come quickly to my rescue;
be my rock of refuge,
    a strong fortress to save me.
Since you are my rock and my fortress,
    for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
Keep me free from the trap that is set for me,
    for you are my refuge.
Into your hands I commit my spirit;
    deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.

I hate those who cling to worthless idols;
    as for me, I trust in the Lord.
I will be glad and rejoice in your love,
    for you saw my affliction
    and knew the anguish of my soul.
You have not given me into the hands of the enemy
    but have set my feet in a spacious place.

TRUST: Look to God for Strength when others seek to Harm You is the admonition in this passage. David expresses his wish in trusting God. Throughout it, David reminds himself of who God is while asking God for what he needs to be safe from those attempting to harm him. He expresses trust in God in each for the first eight verses.

Are you expressing trust in God in the midst of what presently assails you?  What are you concerned about? What confronts you? What harm besieges you or someone you love? In contrast to the harm, do you see God as your sole help? David prompts us to TRUST: Look to God for Strength when others seek to Harm You.

Will you TRUST: Look to God for Strength when others seek to Harm You? Stop where you are right now and pray. Pray that God will be your strength as you trust Him in your affliction. God is faithful. He will strengthen you. Listen to what the Prophet Isaiah says about trusting God for strength and help.

So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

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