Can We Trust God?

It is Sabbath again. I am comforted to know Jesus loved to sing hymns.

Mark 14:26 tells of a scene which happened before Jesus and Disciples left the table for the Garden of Gethsemane. They sang a hymn.

What if that hymn were Psalm 118?

A few excerpts:

v1 – Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

v6 – The LORD is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me?

v7-8 – The LORD is for me among those who help me; Therefore I will look with satisfaction on those who hate me. It is better to take refuge in the LORD Than to trust in man.

v 14 – The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation.

v 17-18 – I will not die, but live, And tell of the works of the LORD. The LORD has disciplined me severely, But He has not given me over to death.

v 22-23 – The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief corner stone. This is the LORD’S doing; It is marvelous in our eyes.

v 24 – This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

v 28-29: You are my God, and I give thanks to You; You are my God, I extol You. Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting. NASB

Imagine singing this hymn before being captured, tried, judged, taken before Pilate, lashed 40 times and crucified.

How can I begin to comprehend this kind of trust Jesus had in God, knowing what would happen to him?

This is the kind of trust I pray for.

For those who wish to have the complete Psalm 118 – it follows:

Psalm 118:1 Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting. Oh let Israel say, “His lovingkindness is everlasting.” Oh let the house of Aaron say, “His lovingkindness is everlasting.” Oh let those who fear the LORD say, “His lovingkindness is everlasting.” From my distress I called upon the LORD; The LORD answered me and set me in a large place. The LORD is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me? The LORD is for me among those who help me; Therefore I will look with satisfaction on those who hate me. It is better to take refuge in the LORD Than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the LORD Than to trust in princes. All nations surrounded me; In the name of the LORD I will surely cut them off. They surrounded me, yes, they surrounded me; In the name of the LORD I will surely cut them off. They surrounded me like bees; They were extinguished as a fire of thorns; In the name of the LORD I will surely cut them off. You pushed me violently so that I was falling, But the LORD helped me. The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation. The sound of joyful shouting and salvation is in the tents of the righteous; The right hand of the LORD does valiantly. The right hand of the LORD is exalted; The right hand of the LORD does valiantly. I will not die, but live, And tell of the works of the LORD. The LORD has disciplined me severely, But He has not given me over to death. Open to me the gates of righteousness; I shall enter through them, I shall give thanks to the LORD. This is the gate of the LORD; The righteous will enter through it. I shall give thanks to You, for You have answered me, And You have become my salvation. The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief corner stone. This is the LORD’S doing; It is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it. O LORD, do save, we beseech You; O LORD, we beseech You, do send prosperity! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD; We have blessed you from the house of the LORD. The LORD is God, and He has given us light; Bind the festival sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar. You are my God, and I give thanks to You; You are my God, I extol You. Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.  NASB

I pray God’s Blessings Upon You!

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