“For You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my trust from my youth and the source of my confidence. Upon You have I leaned and relied on from birth; You are He who took me from my mother’s womb and You have been my benefactor from that day. My praise is continually of You.”
-Psalm 71:5-6 (Amplified Version)
I can’t say with confidence that Psalm 71:5-6 is my favorite verse in the Bible, but I can say that it’s a great one. It has definitely helped me persevere through this season of life I like to call my twenties (creative, I know). It’s also helped me to embrace it, accept it, enjoy it, and trust that God has my best interest.
Think about that.
God is the Creator of the earth. He is the King of kings. He is all-knowing. All-powerful. He is mighty. He is just.. And HE has my best interest. God has everybody’s best interest.
Knowing that is one thing. But once you reach a point in your relationship with God where you honestly believe that with everything in you.. That’s when things get real. And, for lack of a better phrase, it’s pretty fan-frickin-tastic.
You know you truly believe the truth of Psalm 71:5-6 when life throws you a curveball, but instead of reacting in a my-life-is-over-and-I-just-can’t type of way (shoutout to society for those hardcore white girl phrases), you are overcome with a peace and understanding that can very clearly only come from the Holy Spirit.
Even if you find yourself in the midst of a situation in which doesn’t make complete sense to you. If you make the conscious decision to place every ounce of trust you have in God and you’re intentional about that, then your life will be a whole lot more bearable. It won’t be any easier or simpler, but it will be more fulfilling and purposeful.
You’ll find yourself feeling joyful in moments when you may have otherwise felt hurt or upset. And, let me tell you, that’s an incredible thing.
I’m happy happy happy (you’re welcome for that beautiful Duck Dynasty reference) to be doing life on God’s terms instead of my own. God is a billionquaddrillionhundredthousandmillion (don’t look that up..) times wiser than I am, or you are, or anyone is. And if I have the option to depend on myself or to depend on God, you better believe I’m gonna choose the latter. And you better believe that I’ll never be disappointed because of that decision.
I know that doing life God’s way instead of my own means that I won’t always see eye-to-eye with Him initially. I know that it means I will sometimes be confused due to my human perspective. I will have moments of frustration no matter what simply because just like everyone else, I’m “always right”.
But I also understand that if things don’t go the way that I had thought they should it’s because what I had thought wasn’t what was supposed to happen anyway. It means that I was wrong (*gasp*). It’s true though. And it’s really that simple.
Know better than to trust yourself, or anyone else for that matter, more than you trust God. That’s the key.
God is and always will be the center of my life. He is the core of my being. He is my rock and I love Him. With that love comes commitment. And with that commitment comes dependence. And with that dependence comes trust. And with that trust comes sacrifice.
Having the willingness to humble myself and to consider that, hey, maybe God knows something that I don’t is the definition of freedom, mis amigos. And I wouldn’t want to experience life any other way.