How to Trust in the Lord
As Christians we are constantly told to put our trust in the Lord. But I wonder, how many of us actually know what that looks like practically? The Word of God tells us the following:
“Trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.” Psalm 37:3
The first part of Psalm 37:1 says, “Trust in the Lord and do good.” We tend to solely focus on the “Trust in the Lord” part. However, I think the second part of that verse ties into trusting the Lord.
1) Trust in the Lord by continuing to do good
It says “and do good.” It is easy to do good when things are good. It is not as easy to do good when things aren’t good. I think this scripture is telling us to show that our trust is in the Lord by continuing to do good, even when things don’t seem good. When you want to place your trust in the Lord, you do so by continuing to do what you know He told you to do, and by continuing to stay where He called you to stay, especially when there seems to be no good in it.
2) Trust in the Lord by getting in His Word
The next part of the verse says “Dwell in the land and feed on His faithfulness.” I believe this scripture is referring to dwelling in the promise land. In other words, dwell in the Bible, which is filled with His promises. Find His promises and feed on them. When you feel like you are never going to reach the end of the tunnel, shed some light on your situation by bringing the light of the Word into it. The higher you exalt the Word, the lower your problem will become. When you get in the Word, you are reminded of how good He is, how big He is, and how true He is.
3) Trust in the Lord by remembering His faithfulness to you
The second part of that verse says, “feed on His faithfulness.” I believe this means to remind yourself of how faithful He has been to you. You can do this in a very practical way. For many years I have kept a journal where I jot down promises from God with the date they were given to me, as well as every time they are fulfilled. Now, I have journals full of promises and answers. Whenever I feel discouraged or disillusioned, I feed on His faithfulness by going through those journals. I remind myself of all of the good things He has done for me.
I personally believe this is where a lot of good people in the Bible became unfaithful to God. They would forget about what God had done for them in the past and therefore lose hope in the present. Think about the Israelites and how many times they doubted God even after He had opened up the Red Sea to set them free. Never forget about what God has done for you. Never forget the grandness of the Red Sea that He has parted in your life. Trust in Him, fully knowing that He is faithful and good. Continue in your good work knowing that God works everything out for good. And always, always, always, remember His faithfulness to you. What God has done for you before, He will do again, and even better. Be encouraged even when you walk through trials, for we serve a God who is faithful and good.