“When I am afraid,
I put my trust in You.
In God, whose word I praise,
In God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
What can flesh do to me?”
There is a phrase here that’s resonating for me this morning: In God, whose word I praise.
Such a beautiful statement.
And its placement within these declarations of trust is telling.
David, the writer, is not placing trust in an abstract, general perception of God. He doesn’t base it on what people have told him or what he’s gathered from life circumstances.
No, he has much more solid ground for his trust.
Because he knows His Word. Both on a cognitive level and on a heart level that inspires praise.
That is what grounds him. That’s the basis for it all.
It is what should ground our trust as well. An unshaken foundation to stand on.
But we must be intentional in making this our foundation. In order to truly praise the Word of God, in order to base our trust on its steadfast truth, we must know it.
It requires time. It requires study. And it requires relationship.
Our God reveals Himself through His Word. And He does so by the working of His Spirit. That is how the Word continues to be living and active (Hebrews 4:12). That is why it is not just empty words for us, but our very life (Deuteronomy 32:47). Our God is in these words.
It is God who awakens our ear (Isaiah 50:4). He opens our eyes to behold His wonders (Psalm 119:18). He writes His word on our hearts (Jeremiah 31:33).
So we seek, and we listen. And we rejoice when He comes through. Our hearts praise this God who shows us Himself, who moves within His Word, who speaks to us so that we recognize His voice amidst all the noise around us.
It is on this foundation that we establish our trust. We know our God. We know His name. We know His character and His reality. He has written it in His Word and displayed it through the life of Christ. And so we stand firm. Dispelling fear in the face of this great God who is for us (Psalm 56:9), whose perfect and steadfast love surrounds us (Psalm 32:10). The God whose greatness is unsearchable and who upholds the entire universe by the word of His power (Psalm 145:3; Hebrews 1:3).