“But as for me, I will look to the LORD;
I will wait for the God of my salvation;
my God will hear me.
Rejoice not over me, O my enemy;
when I fall, I shall rise;
when I sit in darkness,
the LORD will be a light to me.”
This decision—“I will look to the Lord”—is one we each must make as we walk through our days and our circumstances. He is our steadfast Rock as everything else around us shifts. He is the One who produces His character within us and teaches us how to live in righteousness and to make love our aim in all things. It is His wisdom we must desire, His light which must guide our way, His peace that must rule in our hearts—even if we don’t understand what He’s doing.
Regardless of what is happening in the world and in society around me, regardless of what other people do or say or think, I will look to the Lord. For strength, for direction, for help. For light, for salvation, for wisdom.
I will wait for Him to answer, to act, fixing my eyes and my thoughts on who my God is. Believing resolutely that He hears me and that His love and faithfulness will characterize His every response and every action.
It is a declaration that we make not only to those around us, but to our own selves as our heart struggles to comprehend our God’s plan and reasoning. We make the decision to trust, and we ask God to do the work in our heart to get us the rest of the way.
So even when people are watching for us to falter or fail, as quick as they may be to point out our weaknesses or bring criticism, we continue to look to and trust in our God.
When we fall, we shall rise, for our Lord will uphold us and raise us up to bring Him glory.
When we sit in darkness, our Lord is our light, and we look to Him as our hope and our promise for a beautiful, God-glorifying future.
“You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
Trust in the LORD forever;
for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.”