This post is one in a series of reflections for Lent. I invite you to go back and read the previous reflections.
It can be a real struggle to trust God at times. We see the evil around us, and sometimes you see wicked people succeeding while we continue to struggle. Think about King David. He is the person that we believe wrote most of the Psalms. After God rejected Saul as the king of the Jews, David was anointed. Saul was angry that his throne would not pass to one of his sons. He then set out to find David and kill him. David became the anointed king of Israel, and yet a fugitive. He had to take refuge among some of the same kingdoms that he had fought against. He even hid in Gath, which was the home of Goliath. If David could still have faith in the power of God, then his testimony should be an amazing aid to us in building our own faith. What does he teach us about God in this Psalm to help us in trusting God?
First, God is the source of all our help. He is the creator of the universe, and is therefore able to aid us in our times of trouble. He is always conscious of our troubles. He doesn't sleep, and nothing ever catches him off guard. There is nothing that could happen to us, that will surprise God. Even when evil is done to us, God sees it coming and is ready to travel through it with us.
God is omniscient. He knows everything. There is nothing that he does not have the ability to know. If something were to occur that he didn't know about, then he would be less than himself. Since he is unchangeable, then nothing can ever occur outside of his knowledge. He knows everything. Some of things that occur to us could be the out working of the curse in our lives, but God will use each and every one of them to draw us closer to himself, and to transform us more and more like himself. God has a plan. We have to keep his plan in mind. While he has an amazing love towards us, his plan is not primarily concerned with us. God's first priority is his own glory. He wishes to be known. The things that occur in our lives are used by God to further accomplish that mission. We shouldn't take sorrow and pain personally. We need to keep in mind the larger goal of God, and our small part in that story.
God is omnipresent. That means that he is always present. There is nowhere where God isn't. Human words are lacking in a means to truly catch-all the implications of all that means. We can not get away or hide from God. Also, in the midst of our darkest days, God is right there alongside us. He has never promised to keep us from harm. He did promise to be with us. He promised to never leave us. While he will not keep us from harm, he will walk with us, and use those struggles to accomplish his own glory. One of the ways that he is glorified is in our faith in him. When we trust him with every aspect of our lives, then God is glorified. When we rely on his power and not our own, then we glorify his name with our lives.
God has always been and he will always be. He is eternal. That means that the protection and his presence is eternal. There will never be a time when God will not be. There will also never be a time when any of the things that he does for us will not be. He is eternal and so is his will toward those who trust him.
No one should ever call the Christian life an easy one. It wouldn't take much time of reading to see that is not the case. If you go back to the Apostles, all but one died a martyr's death. The last Apostle died in exile. In light of all that God had done for them, they thought it a great honor to suffer for Christ. Western Christianity may have it too easy. We do not suffer in the same ways that people have suffered through the ages. It has made us a bit whiny. We need to take a step back and take in the bigger picture, and praise God for blessing us like he has. We must remember that he is never caught off guard, and he is always with us.