In the LORD, whose word I praise,
In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid.
What can man do to me?
Your vows are binding upon me, O God;
I will render thank offerings to You.
For You have delivered my soul from death,
Indeed my feet from stumbling,
So that I may walk before God
In the light of the living.
In God, whose word is worthy of praise, let us put our trust. No one can stand against Him, so we are completely protected. Thank Him because He’s already delivered us from death. He’s already protected us from stumbling. He’s already preserved our lives.
God’s strength is greater than that of man. His word is worthy of praise. He is trustworthy. But we are weak. We must trust Him for everything.
Praise Him. Praise His word. Trust Him. Thank Him. He has already saved us, proving His trustworthiness.
There is every reason to trust Him and no reason not to. When we forget this, we become afraid or we try to take control ourselves.
If nothing else, Jesus is the proof that God has already preserved our lives, protected us, delivered us from the hand of our enemy.
If this truth becomes fully alive in us we will trust God in all things. He’s calling us to trust Him more.
Hatred stirs up strife,
But love covers all transgressions.
We need love, and we need to give love. God has shown us love, and He has shown us how to love through Christ, His Son. He wants us to love as He has loved us.
God doesn’t want us to stir up strife, but to love one another, forgiving sins, preserving peace. Sadly, though we have seen His love for us through the blood of Christ spilled on the cross, we must be reminded to love rather than hate.
When fellow believers sin, we often look for ways to expose their sins, to bring them to justice. (Now, there comes a time when – if a believer refuses to repent – sins must be exposed in the course of biblical church discipline. We have not reached that point – we’re talking here about beginning this process from a place of love.) Instead, let’s ask God to change our desires. Ask for the desire to love them, forgive their transgressions, and keep peace.
Love. Don’t hate.
Forgive. Don’t condemn.
The thing God wants most for us to do is love. Love fulfills every aspect of the Law. So, If we will love our neighbors as we love ourselves, thereby doing no wrong to anyone but doing good to them, we will fulfill the law.
The law is impossible to keep because we’re self-centered. We think more highly of ourselves than we ought. We must become other-centered.
He loves us so much He wants us to love each other. This is what we have to do to be who God wants us to be.
Since we’re incapable of keeping the law, we must therefore be incapable of loving others on our own. Only by His grace can we be supplied with the love we need to love others.
We need to be transformed by God, and this is one of the deepest changes that must take place in us.
Unless we believe, unless God is at work in us, the Gospel is foolishness to us. The truth is we are the foolish. God is wise beyond measure, so wise that our “wisdom” cannot stand before Him.
We have to trust God’s wisdom more than that of men. It’s only by His grace that we are called and can receive both salvation and wisdom.
He is infinitely wise, and the only wisdom we have comes from Him. When we forget this truth, pride takes over. We need the wisdom He offers and the humility that arises from knowing that need.
Let’s have the humility to ask for and receive His wisdom, to learn to actually trust God.