Psalm 40: Make Your Trust

“Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.” (Psalm 40:4)

What have you made your trust? It’s kind of a weird phrase in our ears, but we all do it every day. Some of us make money our trust. Some of us make the idea that someday we’ll have money our trust. Some of us make a relationship—or the hope of one—or sex or straight A’s or excellent grooming our trust.

ps40_350In David’s world, where everyone believed in gods and believed the gods they believed in brought them every good or lousy thing, picking your trust was a huge deal. One method: Find the people with the life you wish you had (“the proud”), and sign up with their gods.

We often do the same. We look to the beautiful or rich or victorious and try to “do what they do.” It fails now just like it did then. Our God is the only one worthy of our trust. Why? Because he is the source of all goodness.

Think: Do you ever catch yourself, even subtly, trying to be like the popular or powerful people in your life in hopes of getting what you want? Why doesn’t life work that way?

Pray: Ask God to help you make him your trust more and more every day. Thank him for his goodness and that he is completely trustworthy.

Do: Make a quick list of some of the other things in life you’ve been tempted to make “your trust.”