But I trust in your unfailing love.
I will rejoice because you have rescued me.
I will sing to the Lord because he is good to me. (Psalm 13:5-6)
It’s easy to trust God in the good times when we feel like everything is going right and we can see all of the blessings he has given us. But when life is hard and we’re struggling, when we miss out on something, when something didn’t go the way we wanted it to, we still have to trust that God is there and working in our lives. He hasn’t forgotten you, and he is not punishing you. God is able to use all circumstances for good, to heal and comfort and guide us. And in turn, we can help to heal, comfort, and guide others who are going through the same thing.
If you read through David’s psalms, you’ll see that he experiences a lot of sadness, desperation, and feeling like he’s been forgotten by God. And even in those circumstances he says, “But I trust in your unfailing love.” He’s still able to trust in God and celebrate his goodness because he remembers how God has been good to him in the past, and has faith that God will be there for him again. I’ve said that I don’t think that everything happens for a reason, because although God is all-powerful, he has given us free will to make our own decisions. At the same time, God is powerful enough to use all circumstances for good – all we can do is trust in him.
Game Plan: Read through a couple of David’s psalms and try to practice the same in your life. David was feeling hurt, despair, and even anger, but he didn’t stop praising God and giving his concerns over to him.