“In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.”
Psalms 71:1 KJV
Maybe it is because I have been studying and preaching on “Looking” (Hebrews 12:2), then “Letting” (Phil 2:5), and next, God-willing, “Shining” (Isaiah 60:1-2), that when I came this morning to Psalm 71, and the word “put”, that yet another single word, “putting”, began to bounce around in my brain. “There is a difference”, I thought, “between being a pudding-head, and having a putting-mind.” Yes, a poor attempt at, all by yourself, 4AM hotel room humor).
Now advanced in years, the Psalmist wrote these words about putting his trust in the Lord, and I couldn’t help but wonder if he had in mind the idea of not wanting his faith to dry up. “Could he now,” I wondered, “as an grey-breaded man, a harp in hands that ache when it’s cold, and fingers no where near as nimble as they once were, be saying and singing, ‘Lord, don’t let me dry up. Don’t let my faith become dry, brittle and whither away. I am still, though not as young as I once was, purposefully putting my trust in You. Let me never, never-ever; out beyond the vanishing point in this life; far beyond where these aging eyes can see, into the never-ever unending of eternity, let me be confounded and confused.”
Are you noticing how easy it is to become confused, now that we are not as young as we once were? When things do not go as we had hoped, and life is clearly not headed where we were trying to steer it, confusion comes rushing in, a scorching blast from the desert of our fears, a withering wind coming out of nowhere. But, listen to what the psalmist sang in another season,
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” Psalms 1:1-6 KJV
Wow, what words! What truth!, “… like a tree planted by the rivers of water.” You will not dry up, your faith will not whither under the heat of this adversity. Why? Heaven knows it’s not because of you, but Him. Because He has planted you, and in Whom He has. Because of this eternal, never-ever truth, “And he (you), shall be planted…”. You purposefully put your trust in Him, and He has planted you. Rest as best as you can. Relax your grip and let the roots do the work. He Who planted you will hold you fast.