Abraham has had a roller coaster relationship with trusting God. We see today in chapter 22 that Abraham is willing to fully trust. He is willing to give up that which he values most if that is what God demands of him. This radical faith is the same response that God seeks from us. He wants us to trust in him more than ourselves and to fear him more than the opinions of others. As Jesus says in Matthew 7, he is not looking for lip service, but lives lived in dependence on him.
Psalm 9 provides fuel for how to live in dependence. David first praises God, recognizing God’s superiority over everything else. Then David acknowledges how God is at work in his life, while also acknowledging what is true of his character. Finally, as David reflects on all of these things, he entrusts his life to God. Let us follow in the footsteps of Abraham and David, and the words of our Savior, as we learn to trust in God more than anything else.
Question of the day: How can you live today in a way that expresses your trust in God?
God, our Father, help me to entrust every part of my life to you. May I hold nothing back but acknowledge that everything good I have is from you and is thus ultimately yours. Help me to live to please you more than others and to seek your glory rather than my own. Amen.