THREE REASONS TO TRUST IN THE LORD
By Wayne S. Walker
"As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him" (Psalm 18:30). Beginning with the belief that there must be a God who dwells in heaven, because someone had to create everything that we see and know, there naturally arises a number of questions about Him. Who is He? What is He like? How can we know Him? And the one answered by the verse from Psalm 18 that was just quoted, why should we trust Him?
The first reason given is that "His way is perfect." The one who created us and whom we serve is not some flawed personality, like ancient pagan gods created in the image of fallen man, but being so much greater and more powerful than we are is a perfect being who serves as an example for us and sets forth a goal for us to reach. We know that God is perfect in His love for all mankind, so Jesus tells us, "Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect" (Matthew 5:48). Furthermore, this God has a way for us to go. "Because strait is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and few there be that find it" (Matthew 7:14). Because God is perfect, the way that He wants us to go is perfect and leads to everlasting life.
The second reason is that "the word of the LORD is proven." The word "proven" means "refined." The pure gold is "proven" when it is "refined" so that the impurities can be taken away. Over and over again, God’s word has been proven. Since the time when God’s final revelation was completed, evil men have done their very best to stamp it out, but in spite of their combined efforts, the word of God still stands and by untold millions is yet welcomed "not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God" (1 Thessalonians 2:13). Also, it has been proven time and again in the lives of those who accept it and live by it as something by which "the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work" (2 Timothy 3:17).
The third reason given is that "He is a shield to all who trust in Him." An ancient soldier needed offensive weapons to win the battle, but he also needed a shield to protect him from the swords, arrows, and spears of the enemy. Abraham had many enemies in the land of Canaan, but God told him, "I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward" (Genesis 15:1). Our God has provided us a spiritual shield as well. "Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one" (Ephesians 6:16).