Chapter-a-Day Psalm 118

Trust Far better to take refuge in God than trust in people. Psalm 118:8 (MSG)

If you were to take a good look at my soul, you'd find wounds there from people I trusted. I'm betting that we could compare scars. There are distant and hardly noticeable scars like the one I received when my friend Danny who betrayed my trust when I told him a secret in the first grade. That was long ago, but I can still see it. There are others more recent and, if you saw them, still in the process of healing.

People let me down. I let others down. Even loved ones betray trust. It's a natural part of this fallen nature we're stuck with. We choose to forgive, we let go and we press on. The wound heals over, but the mark remains if we choose to look for it. The wound continues to fester if we keep picking the scab.

I noticed that the psalmist didn't tell us not to trust people. It was just a reminder to me of where I should, ultimately, put my trust. God is a safe refuge. God may push me, challenge me, and discipline me, but he never betrays my trust.

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3 thoughts on “Chapter-a-Day Psalm 118”

  1. Amen Amen! I have never forgotten a sermon from my pastor when I was 12 or 13 where he pointed out that verse 8 of Psalm 118 is actually the center of the Bible. As my Papa says, “God don’t do coincidences!” If only we allowed it to be as easy as it should be to always trust Him above all!

  2. 1-4 Thank God because he’s good, because his love never quits.
    I had a bad day yesterday. It was many different things piled up on top of each other, but I was in a bad mood. This reminder this morning is so true. God doesn’t quit on me. I am so thankful for that.

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