What object or person do you trust? Where is your security? The dictionary definition of trust is, “firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.”

We live in a world of misdirected trust. People put their hopes, dreams and security in the things of this world. Now, not all things of the world are necessarily bad, but no matter how valuable or useful they are, they are not where our total trust should reside.

The Psalmist says it so well. Some trust in chariots and horses (meaning the physical things of this world). He then admonishes us to trust in God. When we look around our world, we see people polishing their chariots and others grooming their horses. The chariots will rust and the horses will become lame, but those who put their trust in God will be on their feet standing tall.

Rule number one is to not put our trust in ourselves, but to totally trust and depend on God. It’s easy to put ourselves first. When something good happens, we want to congratulate ourselves with a reward. When something bad happens, we want to console ourselves or find someone else to blame. In other words, we often have a “me-centric” starting place. We should put God first in our life.

The words translated “trust” in the Bible literally mean a bold, confident, sure security or action based on that security. The practical consequence of faith in God is trust, which we prove by living out our full acceptance of, and dependency upon, God’s promises day by day.

Lord forgive me for placing my trust and dependence on the things of this world. Help me to fix my eyes on things above (you) and take the focus off of myself. Strengthen me spiritually as I look to you for trust and dependence day by day. Amen.

Go Deeper — Where do you put your trust? To what or to whom do you look for security? Write down your honest answers and ask yourself if you are depending on them more than God.

Tags: dependence Psalm 20
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