Let’s Encourage Each Other Saying, “Trust in the Lord!”
1 For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David.
A. The truth obscured by circumstances (1-8)
1) Our faith and our circumstances (1-4)
1 My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him.
2 He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
3 How long will you assault a man? Would all of you throw him down– this leaning wall, this tottering fence?
4 They fully intend to topple him from his lofty place; they take delight in lies. With their mouths they bless, but in their hearts they curse.
2) Our faith and God’s truth (5-8)
5 Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.
6 He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
7 My salvation and my honor depend on God  ; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
8 Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.
B. A faith that transcends time (9-12)
1) It’s not about making ourselves stronger (9,10)
9 Lowborn men are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie; if weighed on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath.
10 Do not trust in extortion or take pride in stolen goods; though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them.
2) Let’s deepen our trust in God (11,12)
11 One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong,
12 and that you, O Lord, are loving. Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done.
Trusting in God isn’t easy for anyone. No matter how blessed we are or how grateful we are, our circumstances can fill us with fear, anxiety, and anger, causing us to have difficulty trusting God. That is why Jesus gave us his body, the Church, to support us so that our present circumstances do not obscure the truth.
- Verses 2&3 and 5&6 are very similar, but what are the differences?
- How can we become stronger?