I love that we serve an “at all times” God and that his grace and peace is sufficient “for all times.” Psalm 62 has long been my favourite psalm that I base so much of my life upon. It reminds me, and us that our salvation is completely dependent upon God and God alone. There is nothing I have in my resume beyond Jesus that I trust for my salvation. It’s not Jesus plus good works, or Jesus plus church attendance or Jesus plus I’m a pastor. It’s just Jesus, and his grace is more than sufficient for all things ― especially for my salvation. John 10:10 tells us that there is an enemy of our souls who longs to steal our joy, kill our hope and destroy our peace, but Jesus came that we might have life to the full: eternal life and abundant life.
David didn’t stop with salvation. He added that his honour was completely dependent upon God. This is more difficult for me to get my mind around. So often, my honour depends on whether you like my devotional, or appreciate my teaching or value my friendship. My salvation dependent upon Jesus alone? I’m all in. My honour? I struggle. And it is this struggle that motivates me to continue to grow in my ability to trust him at all times and to pour out my heart to him. Every time I fail to trust him for something, it is a sign that I’m trying to protect or promote my honour and that never ends well for me.
Jesus is the Good Shepherd who takes care of his sheep. He laid down his life for us. He knows our stories, and he knows they unfold best when we allow him to guide and direct our paths. Not everyone was pleased with this news. Some thought he was “demon-possessed and raving mad.” Others said, “these are not the sayings of a man who is possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind.” (John 10:21) We all have a choice as to what we will do with the words and ways of Jesus. We can either trust him or we can ignore him. In all the confusion of COVID-19, I’d suggest the best choice we can make is to trust and pour out our hearts to him.
Is there a challenge, fear, loss or failure that you are threatened by, and that threatens your sense of honour and well-being in life? Bring that concern out before the Lord and choose to trust. It is always the best choice.
One learning to trust and obey, for there really is no other way to find joy in hope in life.