Psalms 18:1-3, 30-31 – I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him. For who is God save the Lord? or who is a rock save our God?
To trust God is easy when things are going great, but is often difficult when things are turbulent in our lives. In a desperate situation, we would rather choose the hand of flesh (man), than the hand of God. Trusting God is a matter of faith. In Galatians 5:22 we learn that faith is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. So the Holy Spirit is the one that makes our faith alive. Philippians 3:3 tells us to put no confidence in man (flesh). Yet we often use man, and not God’s word and His Spirit to increase our faith and trust in Him.
Why Can God Be Trusted?
David starts off by professing his love for God and recognizing that He is his strength. He depended on God completely, as God had given him victory in battle. We face battles as well, and so if God did it for David, surely He will do it for us!
How Do We Grow and Trust God?
We don’t make ourselves grow, but rather we depend on the Holy Spirit to grow us in Him. And that growth becomes apparent on the outside. Just as a tree doesn’t make itself grow, but when it is connected to good soil, growth happens!
What Do We Do When Times Are Difficult?
The answer to this question is found in verses 3 and 6: “I will call upon the Lord.” We are to call upon our heavenly father because we trust Him! And God’s response to our cry is shown in verse 9: God will literally shake the heavens in response!