When we have done things our own way for so long in our lives, it can be difficult to trust in God. We are used to what we are used to, and it can be hard for us to break from our habits, no matter how unreliable we know ourselves to be. This struggle is stressful. It leaves us exhausted, restless, and unsettled. We go through situations worried, fearful, or delusional about our own abilities, and we come out on the other side worse for wear.
But when we choose to trust in God, oh the peace that He gives is enough to overwhelm us with tears of thanksgiving and joy. You see, when we trust God with whatever we may be facing, the result may not be automatic, but the relief is instant. It does not mean that our situation will change, but it does mean we will get to witness God working to bring us through our situation. We will be able to resonate with the words of the Psalmist, who describes God as his strength and his shield. Would the Psalmist need strength and a shield if times instantly became easy? Not at all! But because the Psalmist trusted God to be his strength and his shield, the Psalmist is able to testify to God’s deliverance, to rejoice, and to praise the Lord with a song.
There are certainly situations in our lives that may be difficult and testing. But there is also truly great joy to be had when we trust the Lord in those situations. Let us trust God to be our strength and shield in every situation we face. And let us rejoice and praise Him with our song.