“I pray to you, O Lord, my rock. Do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you are silent, I might as well give up and die. Listen to my prayer for mercy as I cry out to you for help, as I lift my hands toward your holy sanctuary. Do not drag me away with the wicked— with those who do evil— those who speak friendly words to their neighbors while planning evil in their hearts. Give them the punishment they so richly deserve! Measure it out in proportion to their wickedness. Pay them back for all their evil deeds! Give them a taste of what they have done to others. They care nothing for what the Lord has done or for what his hands have made. So he will tear them down, and they will never be rebuilt! Praise the Lord! For he has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. The Lord gives his people strength. He is a safe fortress for his anointed king. Save your people! Bless Israel, your special possession. Lead them like a shepherd, and carry them in your arms forever.” Psalms 28:1-9 NLT
This passage talks about relying on God and knowing that God has a purpose for you. In this passage it eludes to the fact that those who are evil, speak and seem friendly while in reality they are planning evil things. We know God is good and does good, he is consistent and has shown himself to be. As well as being an internally consistent being within himself and without contradiction. Relying on God to keep you safe and defend you brings a lot of peace. From not needing to always defend yourself, not being stuck as victim of your problems, and giving you the power to change things in your life. You don’t need to worry about him being fake or pretending. We were made to rely on God so when we try to do things by our own power it causes issues. The way we live our lives when we can rely on and have faith in something, is drastically different than if we are always watching our back. If we are constantly afraid, paranoid, or preparing for the worse. With God we can have trust in people and the world as well. We can trust these things not because they are trust worthy but because we trust God and his characteristics.
This post first appeared on my personal website.