Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him.
– Job 13:15 (NKJV)
This is choosing to trust, choosing to praise regardless of what is happening around and to us. Some friends and I were chatting today about grief, and how it is usually suppressed and hidden away quickly. An interesting topic brought to light was the fact that there are quite a few Psalms that are desperate cries, and often with no visible resolution. Today, there are not too many of our worship songs and Psalms that we know of that well and truly delve into the depth of despair that David speaks of when his son Absalom turns away from him, or his councilor and friend, Ahithophel betrays him. What happens to our praise, or worship, our trust when situations like that don’t ever resolve.
This song touched me deeply in the depths of my own despair just recently – determination to choose trust, even when. May we all continue to sing praise even when it makes no sense.
I have been looking forward to this post since I began! The intersection of Dorothy’s reflection on the heart and mine on trust. When she posted this, I was so excited that I about came out of my skin. What a wonderful job she does on these verses!
As I was reading this morning, of course this verse had to pop up:
Let us hold fast the confession of our expectation without yielding, for He who promised is trustworthy.”
Hebrews 10:23 (ISR 2009)
This is all in a context of what Yeshua did for us, being the sin sacrifice, the ultimate atonement for sin. You should go back and read at least the whole chapter – it’s good stuff. Anyway, He who promised is trustworthy. That’s a fact. I may not like how the chips are falling, but He’s got it covered, and has a better plan than I could ever dream up (probably because I wouldn’t want to go through the crud to get to the absolutely amazing, glorious goal on my own).
So because He’s trustworthy, because of His character, I trust Him. Not because it’s easy, not because it will get me what I want, not because it’s always fun. It’s because He’s worthy, and He loves me. And that settles it.