Psalm 63:5-6 “My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips: When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.”
Even in such a condition, David retained his joy and confidence. How? By keeping his focus on God. Even though David found himself in terrible circumstances, he was able to say with certainty: “My soul shall be satisfied…and my mouth shall praise thee.”
“Unto thee will I cry, O Lord my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit.” Psalm 28:1
If you want to know what your heart is trusting in, ask yourself this question: “What is it that, if I lost it, would cause my world to fall apart?”
Psalm 20:7 “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.”
Everyone is trusting in something. No one’s heart is passive. We are all actively trusting in something to save us. Our problem is that, usually, what we trust in isn’t trustworthy. It eventually betrays us and leaves us feeling empty.
“How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.”
In this prayer, David uses his relationship with God to settle his soul.
Psalm 49:6-9 “They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him: (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:) That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.”
We can tell what we trust in by what we boast in. Whatever we think really completes us as a person is what we brag about. So if we spend all of our time bragging about our possessions, or our children, or our house, or whatever, that is what our heart is really trusting in.
Sometimes it is easy to tell what people are trusting in because they brag out loud to most people they meet. But others only brag about it silently to themselves. Nevertheless, what we boast in, whether in public or private, is what our heart is really trusting in to save us and complete us.
Many people have a “disconnect” in their relationship with God. With their head they believe in God but with their heart they trust in themselves. They know things about God but they don’t really know God. They talk about God and what Jesus did for them but their lives really don’t reflect a daily reliance upon God to provide for them.
I heard a minister say one time that while counseling a teenage girl he realized she was quite depressed and downcast. He tried to encourage her with the fact that God loves her, that Jesus died for her, that God lives in her through faith in Christ. But the girl finally stopped him and said, “Yes of course, but what good is all that if no boy likes you?” That is a perfect illustration of what I am talking about.
Whether we want to admit it or not we are very much like that young lady. We know in our head that God loves us, and we have an understanding of the great work of redemption completed by the Lord Jesus Christ but in our heart we say, “Yeah but what good is that if I go bankrupt or get sick or fall on hard times.” Our head knows about Salvation but it hasn’t yet worked down into our hearts.
In the verses above, the Psalmist said there are those who trust in their wealth. And because they trust in their wealth they boast in their wealth. But the reality is wealth cannot save you. Even the richest man cannot redeem himself or his brother by his great wealth.
There is only one thing that can save us. There is only one thing that can complete us. And that is to be in a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. This is what we were made for and this is the thing without which we are lost and incomplete.
In the Garden of Eden mankind lost his relationship with God through disobedience. But years later, Jesus made a way for us to be in a relationship with God through His own obedience. Now we have the opportunity to be right with God. And now we can be what we were created to be. All the desires of our heart can be met by God who comes to live in us through faith in Jesus Christ.
If God is what really saves us and completes us as people then we need to spend our time boasting in God. We need to become masters of bragging about what God has done for us. Now to be clear, let us not be counted among the arrogant who condemn others while blessing themselves. But let us be those who preach the Gospel to our own selves and really trust in God at the level of our hearts. God said through the prophet in Jeremiah 9:23-24 “Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me.”
Paul said in Galatians 6:14 “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.” We have something to really brag about. We have something to boast in, something to glory in. That is our relationship with God through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
Take the time to listen to your own heart. See what it is that you boast in. Then once you find it, leave it behind. Stop finding your fulfillment and purpose and satisfaction in money or health or love and start finding it in God. This is real Repentance. Turn away from what you think completes you as a person and let God complete you. Cast all your desires and cares and love upon Him for He is the “lovely source of true delight” and “at His right hand, there are pleasures forevermore.”
One of our Hymns says, “All that I needed Thy hand hath provided.” That is not exactly true. The truth is “God, You are all that I need.” God is our Salvation. Our needs are not met by God in the sense that He gives us what we need. Instead He is what we need. All our needs are met when we realize what we have in Him.
David says in Psalm 32:3 “When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.” We have something to confess as Christians. There is something we need to speak and not be silent about.
Colossians 3:3 “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”
In Colossians 3:3 Paul says that we “are dead” and that our “life is hid with Christ in God.” Then, in Colossians 3:4, he says that Christ “is our life.” This is an amazing statement.
The Greek word translated “peace” in this verse literally means “to set at one again.” The Good News is that Jesus can put us back together when we fall apart and Jesus can keep us together even when everything around us is falling apart. This is what Jesus is offering and promising His disciples.
1 John 4:9-10 “9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
In Christ Jesus we can all have peace. We can have the peace that nothing else can afford. In our relationship with God we can have the peace of knowing that we are justified (made right with God) through Jesus’ atoning sacrifice.