Trust God To Be Your Defender
Most of us waste a lot of time and energy worrying about what could happen if things don’t go as we have planned. Anxiety can take its toll as we strive to defend our plans, decisions, and failures. How can we find peace of mind when things go sideways, and our efforts come up empty?
In you, Lord my God, I put my trust. 2 I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. 3 No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause. 4 Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. 5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
Before and during David’s kingship he experienced being Harassed verbally, physically, and emotionally. Many years after he had been anointed by Samuel to become the next king, he was dodging spears and hiding in caves. David had opportunities to get revenge, but he chose to trust God by honoring his king. Many years later when he was king, he was attacked by enemies and hunted down and humiliated by his son. If anyone had reasons to be anxious and stressed out, it was David. Instead of looking over his shoulder for the next big problem to hit, he learned over time and through many failures to repent and put his trust in the Lord. As a result, God showed him what paths to take and David experienced peace and hope in the midst of dark and difficult days.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God
How does resting in God’s protection when the battle is on, help us fight? How can we handle people who are set on attacking us, verbally or relationally? The reality is, we can’t. But, if we trust that God will be our defender, we will experience his protection and fellowship. No one whose hope in the Lord will ever be put to shame. Is there anything you need to let go of before you can surrender your defense to God? Are you willing to do that right now?
What is the Holy Spirit saying to you through these scriptures?