Trust that Strengthens

Meditating on Psalm 146.

Praise the Lord, O my soul!
2 While I live I will praise the Lord;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. (v. 2)

It feels good to be reminded that if there’s anything that we should be doing the rest of our lives, that would be to praise and worship God with our whole beings. For those who have tasted and seen the steadfast goodness of the Lord, this will be an easy task. I believe miracles only happen when we put our complete trust in God. When we give up all control and trust in man and believe without a shadow of doubt that God will come through for us when we put all our trust in Him – He will then show Himself strong and will begin to work on our behalf. It is from this place that miracles are bred. On the other hand, unbelief keeps us away from them.

Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief. (Mat. 13:58)

It is naturally scary for mere humans like us to put our trust in the One who is invisible. Our inclination is to trust man and thing which we can both see and feel. But I have experienced that it is in the place of greatest need and danger, when we are completely helpless and vulnerable, that complete trust in God can spring up. I know that most people would rather go from one specialist to another and be subjected to invasive medical interventions just to obtain cure and healing from their diseases. As long as they have money to spend on these expensive doctors and procedures, their trust lies on them. But what of the poor who have nothing but are rich in faith? Aren’t they the ones who see the miracles of God in their lives? I’ve proven this to be true in Jesus Miracle Crusade International Ministry which is replete of God’s miracles.

Do not put your trust in princes,
Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help.
4 His spirit departs, he returns to his earth;
In that very day his plans perish. (vv. 3-4)

The one who wrote Psalm 146 was one who had the wisdom to know and believe in the God who is all-powerful. Thus, he had both witnessed and experienced the wondrous works of God without the help of man or his inventions.

Who executes justice for the oppressed,
Who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord gives freedom to the prisoners.

8 The Lord opens the eyes of the blind;
The Lord raises those who are bowed down;
The Lord loves the righteous.
9 The Lord watches over the strangers;
He relieves the fatherless and widow; (vv. 7-9)

Read again the above verses. He does all these, and yet, we still find ourselves doubting, or feeling weak and helpless or even miserable and hopeless. We still get to question His love for us. But what if we reverse it and think that it is our unbelief and distrust of Him that hinder Him from working mightily and marvellously in our lives? Only believe.

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