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8/9/18

Our Ultimate and Unchanging Security

And those who know your name put their trust in you,
for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.
Psalm 9.10

Partially in preparation for a sermon on money, generosity, and true security, and partially because I am becoming more aware of my own heart and my heart’s desire for security, I was struck this morning in my daily Bible reading. While reading through Psalm 9, verse 10 caught my heart. The context is about God being a stronghold or a refuge during times of trouble.

In times of trouble, we look for security. 

In storms we go to the basement or to a shelter of some kind. When threatened with downsizing, we view our assets online or we begin viewing LinkedIn for job opportunities. Those things are good, but our hearts are made to ultimately rest securely in the character of God. He is our ultimate and unchanging security. He is the one security that will not fail, when all other temporary securities will.

But it’s hard to trust God ultimately, rather than our bank accounts or other things that we can so easily see. How then do we increase our trust in God? 

Psalm 9.10 tells us. When we know God’s name, we will trust in him. To know God’s name is to know his character, who he is and what he is like. Further, verse 10 tells us what God is like. The Lord has not forsaken those who seek him. God is faithful; he does not forsake those who seek him. One of the grand themes of the Bible is that God will not forsake those who seek him.

So today, as we are tempted to rest our heart’s security in temporary things that we can see, rather than in God, who never forsakes—remember God’s name. 

Remember the testimony of Scripture: God is faithful. Remember the gospel, “If God did not spare his own son, but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things” (Romans 8.32).

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission
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