Psalm 55: 23
“…. but I will trust in You”
Throughout the psalm, David talks of his troubles and pain. But the last line of the last verse ends on a beautiful note, “But I will trust in You”. It is David declaring that he has a thousand problems but he has decided to “cast his burden on the Lord (v. 22) and trust in Him. That was his faith.
You may be having several problems, you may feel cast down and broken, your current situation may feel like it’s spinning out of your control. Hoping for the tide of despair to pass by may seem like a distant dream. But even when it seems like you are standing in the midst of a storm, do you have the courage to say “I will trust in You”? It is not saying that the problems have disappeared. It is a purposeful confession that you have the faith to trust in Him who is bigger than all your problems. David had that faith. So can we.
1 Samuel 16:7
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees;for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Most of us are familiar with the circumstances in which the above verse was written. Samuel was instructed to anoint the new king of Israel after Saul. However, the thoughts and plans of God were very different from that of Samuel. Samuel looked at the outward appearance and made decisions based on what he saw from the outside, based on the qualities he “thought” God was also looking for. But how wrong he was. Even though David’s brothers were more handsome and good-looking, it says clearly that God refused them. God was concerned with their hearts, He was looking out for someone who had an inclination towards things pertaining to Him and His kingdom and not somebody in pursuit of worldly riches and benefits. And thus David was selected.
How much time do you spend each day grooming yourself in front of the mirror? Do you examine yourself in the mirror of His Word daily? How does your reflection look? That’s the reflection which God sees when He looks at you. His sight is not on the branded shirt you wear, nor the embroidered sari you drape yourself in, nor your beauty or complexion. He looks past that into your heart.
Do you comb your life in His presence and remove the tangles of sin? Do you wash your face with His springs of living waters? Do you clean yourself with the fragrance of His love so that others may sense it and be drawn to Him? If not, its time you paid more attention to how God sees you. Remember, He is always watching you and waiting for you to turn back to Him.