Dear Church Family,
Since last night, the concept of trusting the Lord has been on my heart and mind. Let me just say a word about distrust first, and then I’ll share what has been on my mind.
Thomas Watson, one of my favorite Puritan writers, once said that the “…cause of discontent is distrust, which is a great degree of atheism. The discontented person is ever distrustful.”
And the cause of the distrust that leads to discontent is unbelief. This is the negative way of expressing it.
What has been on my heart is the positive way of expressing this: contentment arises from faith and trust in God when we believe Him to be who He says He is, in all the beauty, wonder and power of all His attributes; then we trust Him and that trust leads to contentment.
Trust is simply putting full credit, as Baxter says, in the nature of God.
T–…Taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! (Psalms 34:8)
R– Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. (Psalms 37:7)
U– Under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. (Psalms 91:4)
S– Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Revelation 7:10)
T– Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, Which cannot be moved, but abides forever. (Psalms 125:1)
May the Lord fill each one of us with that faith in Him and His nature that manifests itself in daily trust and leads to the blessed contentment of all those who put their trust in Him.
God is our sun, he makes our day ;
God is our shield, he guards our way
From all assaults of hell and sin ,
From foes without, and foes within.
All needful grace will God bestow ,
And crown that grace with glory too ;
He gives us all things, and withholds
No real good from upright souls.
O God, our King, whose sovereign sway
The glorious hosts of heaven obey,
And devils at thy presence flee;
Blest is the man that trusts in thee. ISAAC WATTS
Grace and Peace—PF