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  • Writer's pictureShawn Ammons

Trusting Like David

Trust in the Lord with all your heart     and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him,     and he will make your paths straight. -Proverbs 3:5-6

In life, it is often easy to let our circumstances overwhelm us. Fear easily creeps when we lean on ourselves and our understanding. Trust is not easy, but it is necessary for us to live a life of peace. 

The life of David is an amazing example of what trust looks like. David practiced what it was like to trust God in every circumstance:

From early in his life as a shepherd and facing Goliath...

34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lionand the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”

1 Samuel 17:34-37

To his lament following his sin with Bathsheba...

Then I will teach transgressors your ways,     so that sinners will turn back to you. 14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,     you who are God my Savior,     and my tongue will sing of your righteousness. 15 Open my lips, Lord,     and my mouth will declare your praise. 16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;     you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. 17 My sacrifice, O God, is[b] a broken spirit;     a broken and contrite heart     you, God, will not despise.

Psalm 51:13-17

David's life is a testimony to trusting God. Even when fleeing Saul, who was trying to kill him, David trusted and relied on the Word of the Lord. Let us all take comfort and peace in the fact that no matter how dire the situation, we do not have to lean on ourselves, we have a faithful Rock to lean on instead. 

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