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The Lord is our hiding place and he is our strength in times of trouble. But how do we move from struggle to rest? How do we move from anxiety to peace? How does our trust grow when we can’t seem to see God in our circumstances?  I came across Psalm 9:9-10 and knew I needed to explore it a bit more.

           “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

Do you ever wonder if this life’s unknowns feel like they are going to crush you? Or if you can handle one more day of your burden?

The answer is found in this phrase: “those who know your name will trust in you.” God’s name reveals his character, attributes, and heart towards us. When my understanding of who God is grows, my trust grows too.

Seven Names of God

If you need provision, he is your portion.
Yahweh Jireh: “The Lord will provide.” Genesis 22:14

If you need victory, He is the point around which we rally.
Yahweh Nissi: “The Lord is my Banner.” Exodus 17:15

If you need peace, his peace can flood your heart.
Yahweh Shalom: “The Lord is Peace.” Jud. 6:24

If you need shepherding:
Yahweh Ro’i: “The Lord my Shepherd.” Psalm 23:1
Look to him for guidance and protection.

If you need help living right, He makes us righteousness, not our own effort.
Yahweh Tsidkenu: “The Lord our Righteousness.”

If you need a father, he loves you better than you can imagine.
Abba: “Father, Daddy” Romans 8:15

If you feel unseen, God sees you and your heart.
El Ro’i: “The God who Sees.” Genesis 16

Prayer for your heart

Lord God, I want to know you more and more. You are my king and my God; my Banner and my Righteousness. As you reveal yourself more and more to me, grow my trust in you. I trust you Lord. I trust you with my past, my present, and my future. I surrender my need to control the outcome and rest in you. It’s in letting go and putting my needs in your capable hands that I find rest and when I rest, trust can grow. Lord, you are my peace and my victory. I give my heart, my life, my hopes, and my dreams to you. I know you are with me through it all and I trust you.
In Jesus’ name, Amen

Final thoughts

When we get to know God’s character and his heart, our trust will grow. I’m praying that he reveals himself to you this week. If you’d like to read more about my book, Reframing Rejection, I’d love it if you would do so. It’s my mission trip to hearts who long to be set free from fear of rejection and seeking people’s approval.

Here are a couple of articles for you to read to grow your understanding of God’s word.

What Did Jesus Mean by “A House Divided Cannot Stand”?

What is the Meaning behind Parables?

 

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