A small child needed a minor operation, but was allergic to anesthetics. The surgeon knew the procedure would be painful, but not unbearable. So, he took a shiny silver dollar from his pocket and said, “This is for you. I’m going to hurt you a little bit. I want you to take a good look at it and hold it really tight in your right hand. Be sure to remember what you saw while I’m at work, because I’m going to ask you what it was when I’m finished. If you do, it won’t hurt you as much.”
When he finished, he gently rubbed her forehead and said, “You are a brave little girl. What did you think about?”
Quickly she replied, “The words, ‘In God we trust.’” In Psalm 25:2, David wrote, “In You I trust, O my God.” Why would a king have a need to trust God?
First, for pardon. Later in the psalm he wrote, “Forgive my iniquity, for it is great.” Our relationship with God begins when we ask Him to cleanse us from sin and all unrighteousness so we may enter into His presence. David knew the importance of being rightly related to God.
Second, for peace. “Free me from my anguish,” he prayed. Fear is the natural reaction when we are filled with anxiety. Only God can fill our hearts and calm our souls.
Finally, for protection. “Guard my life and rescue me,” he plead. As a warrior, he knew the threats and dangers of war. He knew that only One could keep him safe in dangerous situations. So, he trusted Him alone.
Prayer: Lord, we have all that we need in You. May we lift our hearts in prayer and praise You for Your presence. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 25:2 O my God, I trust in You; Let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies triumph over me.