As we come to this new Psalm I am impressed by the title of this Psalm of David, “A calm resolve to wait for the salvation of the Lord”. We live in a world where the pace of life seems to be getting faster and faster.  We have so many instant food products, people are pressured to buy things that put them in debt which causes so much anxiety. There is a danger that we can approach God the same way and when we do, it is not a relationship we are looking for but instant pleasure. Verse 1 says “Truly my soul silently waits for God, from Him comes my salvation”. I can only be silent when I have no doubts and am confident in my relationship with my Lord.  Being silent is the fruit of many years of learning to trust my Lord and Saviour. We experience great peace when we are not moved by our circumstances because we have learned to trust in the integrity of God. David had a great trust in the Lord who he had experienced as a teenager looking after his father’s sheep. He used the lonely times to play his harp and worship the Lord without limit.  This is why David was calm as he waited for his God to answer. Interestingly, David commences this Psalm with the word ‘Truly’, he wanted to make certain that this was not just words but was a true statement of how he lived his life. When difficulties were being experienced his first and only response was to God for the answer, he did not go around seeking the opinion of others because he knew from experience that his salvation only came from the Lord. Then David declares in Verse 2 He only is my rock and salvation, He is my defence, I shall not be greatly moved”. David had learned that God was the only answer to life’s problems and it was his relationship with the Lord that was the answer. When David was going to fight Goliath, King Saul wanted him to use Saul’s armour but he would not use something that he had not successfully used before. So he relied on what God had given him and had used before when looking after the sheep. This is a great challenge to me not to rely on my understanding which is the way the god of this world wants me to respond.  Proverbs 3:5 reinforces this truth “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding”. We live in a world where we are encouraged to live by our opinion because our opinion is so important and this is a lie of Satan and could not be further from the truth. David not only declares that the Lord is his rock (The foundation of which I build my life) and his salvation, but He was his defence. He was so committed to trusting the Lord for his life. It is so important to come to the unshakeable conclusion that our lives are in the hands of our Saviour. Because of that unshakeable trust in his Lord and Saviour, he then states what seems so obvious “I shall not be greatly moved”. The outworking of a close relationship with Jesus is just that. As I look back over my lifetime of living with Jesus, although I have experienced many severe trials today I live with a calm resolve with my Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.

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