David loved to follow our Heavenly Father. In fact, rather than think about himself, he chose to follow our Heavenly Father: “Vindicate me, Lord, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered.” (Psalms 26:1 NIV)
I so often have to think: Wouldn’t it be nice if we all loved and followed God as David did? Wouldn’t our planet be a so much better place? This is my heart’s desire: To follow God as David did, to trust in my Heavenly Father, to do what He tells me to do.
Does this sound too idealistic?
Actually, it isn’t! It is perfectly attainable for each of us! All we need to do is to humble ourselves before Him and pray, and ask Him what to do when we are in trouble.
Interestingly, our text today shows that David trusted God enough to actually request a test: “Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.” (Psalms 25:2-3 NIV)! Now I don’t know about you, but tests of the Lord are not fun. Who would actually ask for one? This shows how much David actually trusted God!
As I’ve written about in past devotionals, I was given the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s a couple of years ago. Now I will not tell you that I requested this, or any test. But nonetheless, I knew it was a test. I asked God to heal me, and one day He came to me. He told me He would heal my Alzheimer’s. I don’t know about you, but I prefer to believe Jesus over a doctor! I surrendered my failing cognition to Him! I chose the “David way”! I choose to trust Him for ALL my problems, for I know that He CAN be trusted!
Who do YOU trust? Will you choose to trust God for everything, even to the point of asking for a test? Even if you aren’t at that point yet, remember to surrender whatever problems face you today. He WILL take care of you. Sometimes it won’t be in the way you would have expected, but no matter what, He WILL carry you through!
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