The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him.
He is inward strength and protection. He is the guidance and protection coming through the Holy Spirit living inside of us. Outwardly, He protects us as the shield of our souls and is the loving and protective Father of His treasured and chosen children.
His idea of helping us might look a little bit different or come in the form of something or someone we least expect. Regardless, He can be trusted to be the best help we need.
How do we develop trust? Up close and over time through a personal relationship with Jesus and with the brothers and sisters in Christ that surround us as His witnesses.
In your life maybe it is: That friend in small group that helps you understand the scriptures and how they apply to your life; the person you can share your deepest prayer needs and struggles with; or, that worship leader at weekend service that belts out lyrics that sound like God is speaking directly to you.
When we choose to trust our entire life, being, circumstance, and future to the Creator of the universe, we experience His power. We see the transformation and renewal of our minds and hearts. We can be just like the woman at the well, who had a first-hand encounter with the all-knowing and loving Christ in the flesh. She ran and told people about her experience with Jesus—and others believed. She told her story of the encounter, praising Him just by telling of who He was in that moment. She praised Him through her acts of obedience and thanksgiving.
Trust and joy go hand in hand. We all feel the battle for inner joy because we all face daily struggles. Today, we can choose to trust that the inward joy of knowing Jesus is all that we need. We can choose to have a grateful heart because we know that our God upholds us with His glorious right hand and is worthy of all praise; even in the storms.
Prayer: Father God, thank You for your goodness and for the first-hand encounters with You that I get to share with others. Help me to be the light on the hill so that others will hear of You and will put their trust in You with praise and thanksgiving. Today, help me to remember that I have true joy in all circumstances and that You are with and for me. In Jesus’ name, amen.