I hate those who cling to worthless idols; I trust in the Lord. I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul. You have not handed me over to the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place. NIV
This morning, I was looking at the verse listed under the word “trust” in my NIV concordance. There, fragments of verses are shown, along with the word they contain. Psalm 31:6b jumped out at me, “I trust in the Lord.”
When I turned to Psalm 31, I was so reassured by the verses that I found around Psalm 31:6b … they speak straight to my heart.
I hate those who cling to worthless idols … that was me a year ago. I hate the old me. I was a Christian, but, I had put many, many things between me and God … they were all worthless idols, and I was clinging to them “for dear life.” The thing is, a life not centered on Christ isn’t that much fun … I certainly would not have called it dear … it was pretty miserable … I’m really not certain where that phrase, “for dear life,” comes from.
I will be glad and rejoice in your love … this is a lesson that God has been teaching me, verse by verse. God loves me. I can count on that.
For you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul … God knew exactly the miserable state that I was in, and, he intervened through circumstances and through His people to get my attention and to show me a way out … through His Word.
You have not handed me over to the enemy but have set me in a spacious place … here I sit, in front of a warm fire, with a lovely cup of coffee next to the Christmas tree … I’m not crowded by my enemies — stress, or worry or fear. I am in a spacious place now, at this moment.
I can’t worry about next year, or next month or even this afternoon. In this moment, I am in a spacious place.
I trust in the Lord.
That’s what I’ll think about today.