We cannot always trace God's hand, but we can always trust His heart.
The first definition of trust in the Merriam-Webster dictionary is this - "assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone of something."
We act in trust a million times a day. We trust that the chair we're sitting in will hold us up. We trust that our navigation app won't get us lost. We trust that a miracle skin cream will wash away those fine lines. We trust that a door will open when we pull the handle. We trust that this cup of coffee will help us shake off the afternoon fog.
But sometimes trusting is easier said than done, am I right? Especially when life looks stormy, or even chaotic. Especially when the object of our trust is Someone that we cannot see. Even if we love Him & are confident that He loves us, it still can be hard to trust.
I admire many women who are so strong & sure in their faith. And the common denominator in all of them? A LOVE for & deep KNOWLEDGE of the Bible. They can quote Bible verses for any occasion with such confidence.
For those of us who are younger in our faith or just need some really solid reminders of how we can trust our Loving God, here's a list of Scripture verses about trust that I hope you find helpful.
Psalm 13:5 - "But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation."
David starts this psalm with a series of laments - "How long!" Then, he moves to a prayer of "consider and answer me!" Finally, he ends in praise. The trust David has in God turns his heart from sorrow to rejoicing and singing. I'm sure David would tell us that those steps aren't always easy, automatic, or simple. These verses probably represent a prolonged struggle in his heart.
Psalm 20:7-8 - "Some trust in chariots and some trust in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright."
We'll see a couple of verses in this list that contrast those who choose to trust in God & those who don't. We can trust a bank to hold our money or a lock to keep a burglar from entering our home, but these human inventions & entities can fail us. Our ultimate trust is in God. The Lord is the One who protects, defends, upholds, secures. He Alone is worthy of our unwavering trust.
Psalm 25:1-3 - "To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I put my trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me. Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous."
What a picture of absolute dependence & trust to open this psalm! David is putting his soul in God's hands. This whole Psalm is a good one for those difficult times of trust. David's pleas are followed by reminders of God's character. And he ends again with asking for help again. This utter dependence on God is centered around the mercy, goodness, steadfast love, and faithfulness of God. (v.6-10).
Psalm 26:1 - "Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the Lord with out wavering."
Here our writer is once again David & he uses a lot of legal terminology. He is facing false accusations of some sort & is crying out to God for vindication. He asks God, the righteous Judge, to act on his behalf - proving him, trying him, testing him. He's trusting God to see his innocence & clear his name.
Psalm 37:3, 5 - "Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will act."
This Psalm is called a wisdom psalm because it's directed towards man instead of God. I feel like this is some good fatherly advice that would be imparted as a young person is about to strike out on their own. It's easy to read this as a formula - I put in trust, God will output a mighty act on my behalf. We need to remember WHY we trust Him. It is because of His faithfulness to us that we are able to be faithful to Him. It is because of His goodness, His trustworthy character, that we are able to trust in Him so securely. (This one & the Proverbs 3:5-6 passage are very similar.)
Psalm 40: 4 -"Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie!"
This is one of my favorite Psalms. The first 3 verses show the hopeless situation David faced & the deliverance of God. He sings of God's work on his behalf & shares the story with others. Because of this, he can say with confidence that to trust God is to live a blessed life. Not following after others - the proud, the liars. But following hard after our Deliverer. This is a great rhythm to get into - recognizing God's deliverance, praising Him, & shouting it from the rooftops! Others will hear your story & also learn to trust in our good God!
Psalm 56:3 - "When I am afraid, I put my trust in you"
This Bible verse is so simple, it is probably among the first verses some children memorize. And what a verse! David wrote this Psalm when the Philistines had captured him. They captured him while he was on the run from Saul. He was in a pretty tight spot, fearing for his life! And yet, he says after this verse, "What can flesh do to me?" (v.4)
Psalm 62:8 - "Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah."
Another Psalm written by David when he is in another life or death situation. This time, his son Absalom has rebelled & started an uprising that has David yet again stuck in a desperate situation. I don't know about you, but I would be struggling pretty hard to trust that God was working for my good in that situation. But these verses show us a healthy pattern of trusting, praying, & praising.
Proverbs 3:5-6 - "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths."
This would be another great one to memorize - on your own, with your spouse, with a friend. When a situation threatens to overwhelm you or when your tendency to try to control a situation flares up, the truth of God's Word can be so grounding. He alone is our anchor. He alone is trustworthy.
Isaiah 12:2 - "Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation."
This verse is prophecy of what is to come when Christ will reign & the faithful of Israel will worship the Messiah as He sits on His throne. In that day, Israel will be free from the constant harassment & have peace. They call God here by His personal name, pointing to the long-held covenant between Israel & God. This should help us have confidence. We know the end of the story. Our hope is not in world peace or solving world poverty or in ending abortion. Our hope is in Jesus! The eternal, promise-keeping, faithful Messiah!
Isaiah 26:3-4 - "You keep him in perfect peace who mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock."
So much of trust is a battle of the mind. Think back to the garden when the serpent got Eve to question God's trustworthiness with a simple twist of the truth she thought she knew. From creation to now, God has never not been trustworthy. This Bible verse would be a great one for those of us battling those thoughts that Satan would use to make us spiral down a dark path. As Christians, we have access to a peace unbelievers will never know outside of Christ. Let's trust in our good, trustworthy God. And He will give us that perfect peace in the storms of life.
Isaiah 30:15 - "For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, 'In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.'"
Isaiah is addressing Israel's rebellion against God. Here, he quotes God's very simple instructions for Israel's salvation. Their salvation is through repentance (here it's translated as returning) & resting in God. Their strength would be in quietly trusting God. But we see in the next verses that they reject God's plan. We are still faced with the same choice - trust God's plan or don't.
Jeremiah 17:7 - "Blessed is the man who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord."
Jeremiah is speaking to Judah about their sin. He contrasts the person who trusts in man with the person that trusts in the Lord. When we trust in man, Jeremiah tells us that we are like a dried-up bush in the barren dessert. But when we put our trust in God, we are "like a tree planted by water." Nourished, strong, and fruitful.
Now this isn't an exhaustive list. I know I will need to revisit this often to add more Scripture as I find them & to refresh my soul in the truths of God's Word.
I hope this encourages you to open the Bible & read the context of these verses for yourself. If trust is an area of need in your heart, you can do a word or topic study of your own. Or just take one verse from this list at a time & memorize it. Really get to know the passage that surrounds it & meditate on it.
These verses are not about us. They are ultimately about God. HE is trustworthy. HE is faithful. HE never changes. And because of His unfaltering character, we can trust Him. We can rest in His love. Or as Sally Lloyd-Jones says, God's "Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love."
Cheering you on!
P.S. - I plan to do more of these lists of Bible verses on other topics in hopes that they can be a resource to all of us. Let me know in the comments if there are any subjects that would serve you to see on the blog!
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