Trust in God’s Unfailing Love
Posted: Monday, July 17
1 Chronicles 24:1-26:11
Verse of the day:
Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying, “We have defeated him!” Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall. 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 15: 5-6)
This remarkable Psalm begins with a cry of despair from a believer—one who has known great trouble and distress. But the despair is not total, and as we read through Psalm 13, we find it moves towards hope, even joy—this reflects the true faith of the believer according to the Psalm.
This Psalm goes on to record David’s anguished appeal and heartfelt concern at the work of an ‘enemy’ (13:4). But after a brief song of praise showing confidence in God (13:5) it ends with a promise of further worship (13:6).
When you think of it, this Psalm has been used by countless people to express their faith from Old Testament to New Testament times—and even now. For example, more than two and a half thousand years ago, this Psalm would have been recited by Judeans in the Jerusalem Temple. It helped them express their frustrations at the nation’s perils, which all but consumed God’s people at the time. But the Old Testament bears witness that the Jewish people persisted in the faith of their fathers, as this Psalm indicates, (13:5-6).
Today, Christians find that this Psalm speaks to them in times of their distress—offering hope in Christ and the assurance of their salvation. It is good to express confidence in the things of faith when enemies appear and seem to surround us.
Psalm 13 exposes Satan and his afflictions, and it offers the believer a template for how to withstand his attacks and remain firm in their faith. Verse 5 is a song of trust in God, reflecting faith from before the time of Christ; ‘as for me, I will trust in Your faithful love ...’ This phrase uses the word for God's covenant love, ‘cheseth’, translated here as 'faithful love', through which God has blessed His people since the time of Abraham.
This quality of God’s love is timeless, and in the words of this Psalm, David asks the reader to trust that God is greater than any of life’s evils. His hand guides His people, and He will always be faithful—we only need to trust!