Daily Devotions

Thursday, 4 June 2020

Psalms 71:5

Thou Art My Trust

According to the dictionary, "to hope" means to "cherish a desire with anticipation." Hope is an essential part of life. The hope that people need is a meaning for life which, as the psalmist so rightly points out, is found in the LORD Himself. The Bible speaks of those without God as being without hope. (Ephesians 2:12) There is no eternal life without God.

"Trust" is something different than "hope". "Trust" is defined as an "assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something." Notice the depth of conviction for "trust". If you are trust in someone or something, you do so because you have a solid reason to trust.

To compare hope and trust, consider this illustration. If a stranger asked to borrow money from you, and if you gave it to them, you would hope they would pay you back. However, if your best friend asked the same thing, you would trust them for repayment. You would trust them because they have proven to you over time that their word is good. It is this well-established history that tells you they are trustworthy.

For many people, when they first come to faith in Jesus Christ, they place their hope in Him. They hope that what they have heard is true and He responds by redeeming them and giving them the Holy Spirit to guide them. As the years pass, however, God demonstrates His faithfulness and proves that He can be truly trusted in every sense of the word. The psalmist has learned to hope and trust in the Lord God. And if you have placed your faith in Him, not only is He your hope, but He is also proven to be Someone you can trust. (VAL)

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