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Wait ... rejoice ... trust

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Psalm 33:11, 20-21
But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.

God doesn't need to speak directly to me in order for me to trust in him. As R. C. Sproul points out, various facts and events can either prove to me that God is trustworthy, or persusade me that God is trustworthy. Proof affects little more than my intellect; but persuasion changes my heart, my motivations, my perspective and paradigm.

I am persuaded, Paul wrote, "that neither death nor life nor angels nor demons, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8)". No experience I can have will separate me from Him. No misery, no suffering, no pain separates us. No tragedy, no loss, no betrayal separates us. Great grief might arise from these awful moments in my life, and I might feel abandoned by God, but I will NOT be. My feelings are trumped by God's trustworthiness. Every time.

The psalm praises God's plans, purposes, help and shield. There are three verbs for me:
Wait.
Rejoice.
Trust.
God does everything else.

And when I trust you, Lord, I am free to be. Be what you made me to be. There is nothing better. Thank you.



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