WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.
Psalm 13:5 (NIV)
WALKING THROUGH EMOTIONAL DARKNESS: TRUST GOD’S HEART
Parnell Bailey visited an orange grove where an irrigation pump had broken down. The season was unusually dry and some of the trees were beginning to die for lack of water. The man giving the tour then took Bailey to his own orchard where irrigation was used sparingly. “These trees could go without rain for another 2 weeks,” he said. “You see, when they were young, I frequently kept water from them. This hardship caused them to send their roots deeper into the soil in search of moisture. Now mine are the deepest-rooted trees in the area. While others are being scorched by the sun, these are finding moisture at a greater depth.” (Our Daily Bread).
David turns a corner in Psalm 13:5 and digs deep into the roots of his faith. He reaffirms his trust in God’s “unfailing love.” That phrase also means the “mercy” of God. Every time David experienced hardship it grew his roots a little deeper in his confidence in God’s heart.
God does not expect us to blindly trust Him. But He does expect us to look at His body of work over time and realize that He is good, loving, merciful and trustworthy. How have you experienced God’s mercy over time? How can reflecting back on God’s mercy in your past get you through what you are currently facing?
Praise God for His faithfulness to get you to where you are today. Thank God for the times His mercy has rescued you.