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. So, 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 were thinking about while I’m at work, because I’m going to ask you what it was when I’m finished. If you do what I ask, 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 powerful king need to trust in 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. It became the most important thing in his life.
Second, for peace. “Free me from my anguish,” he prayed. Fear is the natural feeling when we are filled with anxiety. Only God can quiet our hearts and calm our souls.
Finally, for protection. “Guard my life and rescue me,” he pled. As a warrior, he knew the threats and dangers of war. He knew that only One could keep him safe in dangerous situations. Although a great warrior, he trusted God to protect him.
Prayer: Lord, we have all that we need in You. May we lift our hearts in prayer and praise You for Your presence, peace, and power in our lives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: I trust in you, my God! Do not let me be disgraced, or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat. Psalm 25:2