Psalm 25:2 (ESV)
O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me.
In whom do you trust?
The psalmist wrote these words of Psalm 25:2 encouraging the Israelites to trust God. The words were offered in hope to get God’s people to change their ways. After years of rebellion against God the Israelites were being offered a fresh start, a new life. With this in mind, I recently took note of a news reporter’s closing comment after rehashing the COVID-19 pandemic. On a Pittsburgh TV station, KDKA’s Nicole Ford closed with, “It’s okay to get excited about the future.” Ford encouraged us to make vacation plans for the summer, and to begin to plan those gatherings in the fall. This is easier said than done, Nicole. These days, to get excited about the future takes trust. Ford like others see the infection and death rates due to COVID-19 beginning to slow. In my county, there are sequential days when there are no COVID-19 related deaths. We seem to have passed the worst. This is where trust enters. If we trust the numbers and the medical reports, then we may start planning the parties. I know I’m looking forward to again socializing. In fact, I’d like to walk into a store without being expected to wear a mask and heed social distancing. I think we can relate to the ancient Israelites, a people weary of being surrounded by their enemies. The psalmist was encouraging his people, Trust God. After the pandemic, after the masks are thrown away, after the directional decals are removed from the floors of our grocery and department stores, after the “No Mask; No Enter” labels are scraped from entry doors of our favorite restaurants, we still must trust. I feel the pandemic has changed us and made us doubters. We have become doubtful of scientist, doctors, and leaders. The doubts are permeating our entire being. More difficult than trusting the numbers and the masks to see us through, we are called to trust in God. In whom do you trust? It has been said, “Sometimes, we don’t have to understand what God is doing … we just have to trust God.” With the closing words of the psalmist, “Redeem us out of all our troubles.” It’s okay to trust God.
“To trust God in the light is nothing, but trust him in the dark – that is faith.” Charles H. Spurgeon
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