Practical Trust; May 14, 2023

Psalm 142:3 When my spirit grows faint within me,
it is you who know my way.

This is a very important element of faith. There are times for all of us when we feel emotionally and spiritually exhausted. David was certainly familiar with those, having been hunted by King Saul. The attribution for this Psalm says, “When he was in the cave.” We might not be in a physical cave, but we might well be in a situation that seems like a dark dead end, much like a cave. Remember, they didn’t have electric lights back then. In a situation like that, it is a huge comfort to know that somebody knows the way out, and that’s exactly the terminology David uses here. We don’t always have to know what that way is ahead of time, but we do need the assurance that God knows, so we don’t need to be anxious. That is often far easier to say than to practice! However, God is as faithful to us as He was to David. As God assured Joshua, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5) When we have that assurance, we can face anything.

On a small scale I have experiences like this fairly often. Yesterday was one of those. I did a wedding in the morning and we went to the wake of a long-time friend in the evening. In the interval, a refurbished laptop I had ordered arrived, with a new, unfamiliar operating system, and then our email went out because of a configuration issue with our Internet hosting provider. On top of that, it rained all day! With all the other stresses, the computer issues really had me strung out, particularly because I’m used to being “the computer guru.” One more necessary blow to my pride! However, I am always to remember that God knows the way I am to go, even if it is totally dark to me. As He has told me, I am to rest, relax, and rejoice in Him, trusting Him and not my own understanding, (Proverbs 3:5-6) for my peace and His glory.

Father, Thank You for causing me to read the wrong Psalm this morning, because it had the message I needed! May I indeed walk in full trust, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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