THE RIGHTEOUS WILL TRUST IN GOD
by Wayne S. Walker
"The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and trust in Him. And all the upright in heart shall glory" (Psalm 64:10). The heading of this Psalm reads, "To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David." We conclude from this statement that the author is David, but it does not tell us under what circumstances the Psalm was written. However, the subject of the Psalm is quite clear, as the summary in the New King James Version says. "Oppressed by the Wicked but Rejoicing in the LORD." Obviously, this is a meditation by David regarding some time when he was being oppressed by his enemies.
"Hear my voice, O God, in my meditation; preserve my life from fear of the enemy. Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked, from the rebellion of the workers of iniquity" (verses 1-2). All Christians have enemies of some kind or another. Of course, there is one great foe who seeks to destroy our souls. "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8). However, the devil does not act alone. He uses human agents. Paul, saying that "Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of life," calls these agents "his ministers" who "also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness" (1 Corinthians 11:14-15).
Such agents may teach error to deceive people into rejecting God’s word. They may oppose our stand for truth. They may try to entice us into sin. They may openly promote ungodly behavior. As such, they become "enemies of the cross of Christ" (Philippians 3:18). What is the response of the righteous? They should trust in the Lord. Yes, we must fight against our enemies (Ephesians 6:10). However, we do not stoop to using carnal weapons but spiritual weapons that will persuade people’s hearts (2 Corinthians 10:4-5, Titus 2:9). Also, we must make sure that our attitude is right (2 Timothy 2:23-26).
Indeed, the Christian’s entire life should be characterized by trusting in God. We may face various kinds of illnesses. Our bodies will grow older. We shall probably experience the death of loved ones. Our children may disappoint us. We could lose our jobs. Friends might turn against us. These are all oppressions that the devil sometimes uses in his attempt to draw us away from God. Whatever happens, we must continue to trust God, and He has promised that He will provide for our needs. With this assurance, regardless of trials, "the righteous shall be glad in the LORD" and "all the upright in heart shall glory."