“In God I Trust” (Psalm 16: 8, NEB) by Carley Evans


“I set the Lord continually before me: with Him at my side I cannot be shaken.”

“When I am afraid, I trust in You. In God, whose Word I praise, in God I trust; I am not afraid. What can mortal man do to me?” (Psalm 56: 3 – 4, NIV) “I say, ‘Oh, I have the wings of a dove! I fly away and am at rest — I flee far away and stay in the desert; I hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.” (Psalm 55: 6 – 8) “In truth [God] is my rock of deliverance, my tower of strength, so that I stand unshaken.” (Psalm 62: 2, NEB) “Oh, my strength, to You I turn in the night-watches; for You, O God, are my strong tower. My God, in His true love, is my champion.” (Psalm 59: 9 – 10)

The psalmist calls God his “place of shelter,” his “rock of deliverance,” his “tower of strength,” and his “champion.” Because God is “at his side,” the psalmist is not afraid. He is able to “stand unshaken” in the midst of his enemies and in the hardest situations: “the tempest and storm.”

The psalmist “sets the Lord continually before [him].” He keeps God’s Word “at [his] side,” practicing the presence of the Lord. In God’s presence, there is no fear. Instead, the psalmist is able to “fly away and be at rest,” to “flee far away” “to [his] place of shelter, far from” disaster.

Keep God close. Jesus says, “Peace is My parting gift to you, My own peace, such as the world cannot give. Set your troubled hearts at rest, and banish your fears.” (John 14: 27 )

“Who Is To Condemn?” (Psalm 56: 4, HCSB) by Carley Evans


“What can man do to me?” asks the psalmist. “If God is for [me], who can be against [me]? He who does not spare His own Son but gives Him up for us all, how does He not also with Him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.” (Romans 8: 31 – 33, ESV)

“I do not fear.” I do not fear because I praise the Word of God. I do not fear because I trust God. (Psalm 56: 4) I do not fear because I am of the elect, those whose names are written from eternity in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

And “[God Himself] records my wanderings. Puts my tears in [His] bottle. Are they not in [His] records?” (Psalm 56: 8, HCSB) “[He] delivers me from death, even my feet from stumbling, to walk before [Him] in the light of life.” (Psalm 56: 13, HCSB)

“He…graciously gives [me] all things.” (Romans 8: 32, ESV) Therefore, “what can man do to me?” (Psalm 56: 4) “Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the One who dies — more than that, who is raised — who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for [me],” for us. (Romans 8: 34, ESV)

“God Holds Your Hand” (Psalm 37: 5, HCSB) by Carley Evans


“Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires.” (Psalm 37: 4)

“Be silent before the Lord and wait expectantly for Him.” (Psalm 37: 7)

‘Silence before God’ implies a deep relaxation in faith that God is in control, that His will for your life is perfect, that He knows the plans He has made for you, plans for good.

The psalmist tells you, “Do not be agitated.” For “the humble will inherit the land and will enjoy abundant prosperity.” (Psalm 37: 8, 11) But David also writes that “the little that the righteous man has is better than the abundance of many wicked people.” (Psalm 37: 16)

David reassures you that “a man’s steps are established by the Lord, and He takes pleasure in his way. Though he falls, he will not be overwhelmed, because the Lord holds his hand.” (Psalm 37: 23 – 24)

I tell you now that God is holding your hand; He leads you in His way — the way of everlasting life.

“Salvation Will Not Delay” (Jeremiah 17: 14, ESV) by Carley Evans


“Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for You are my praise.”

Jeremiah can not be clearer than he is in this declaration.

If God heals us, we are healed.
If God saves us, we are saved.

Why?

Because He is our praise. He is ultimately in control. He is God, all powerful, all knowing.

Job reminds us that God “can do all things, and that no purpose of [God’s] can be thwarted.” (Job 42: 2) The psalmist sings, “The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me.” (Psalm 138: 8) God Himself declares, “My counsel shall stand and I will accomplish all My purpose… I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it.” (Isaiah 46: 10, 11)

“Listen to Me, you stubborn of heart, you who are far from righteousness: I bring near My righteousness; it is not far off, and My salvation will not delay.” (Isaiah 46: 12 – 13)

“Salvation belongs to the Lord.” (Psalm 3: 8)