Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
Those who know your name will trust in you,
for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.
Sing praises to the LORD, enthroned in Zion;
proclaim among the nations what he has done.
(Psalms 9:9-11 (NIV))
Trust and praise.
The two go hand in hand. You cannot praise someone that you do not trust, and can you honestly trust someone that does not deserve praise?
Tonight, I had the pleasure of witnessing a group of people who have placed their trust, not only in Jesus, but also in the people who sponsored and convinced them to go on a weekend church retreat. I could see uncertainty in many eyes, but I honestly can say that I did not see any distrust.
Let’s face the reality of human nature. We do not like uncertainty. We do not like the unknown. It takes great trust to step out into something that we know absolutely nothing about. It takes great trust to firmly believe in something, even though we may not be able to see it.
It takes great trust to allow someone to convince you to go somewhere for three days, especially when their attempts at describing the three days leaves you questioning and even more uncertain. Yet, many do just that because they know the people who are asking them to go, so they go. They know nothing about it, but they go. I can safely say that there will be many praises for the weekend when it is over, and many will not want to leave. This is a good example of trust being rewarded.
Now, can you see Jesus? Do you know what He is calling you to do? Do you know where He is calling you to go? Do you believe that He will never leave you? Do you believe that He will not forsake you?
In other words, how much do you trust Jesus? Are you willing to sing His praises because He always keeps His promises? Are you willing to praise Him for His grace and His mercy?
If you trust completely, you will do whatever is asked of you without hesitation.
My youngest son had to “fall” off of a porch rail for a student film. It had to be convincing for the camera. It had to look real. Unfortunately, there was no airbag or anything else to break his fall from the six foot high rail. The only thing there was a few men, including myself. We devised a method to catch him by locking our arms together and making a “net.” He literally had to fall into our arms.
He trusted us to catch him several times as he fell into our arms.
Do you trust Jesus to catch you when you fall? He is much more reliable than any human safety net. Can you praise Him for catching you?
Trust and praise.
Trust and praise the One who is worthy of our praise.