In Psalm 25:1 (NIV), David begins with a direct, unqualified statement: “In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.” Among the dictionary definitions of the word “trust” are confidence, faith, certainty, assurance, conviction, and reliance. When we are bold, we are resolute in making David’s hopeful statement. It reminds us of our dependence on God. It provides a sense of spiritual sureness.
Even though David placed his trust in God, he knew that he was a sinner and needed forgiveness and continuing guidance. In the same Psalm, David asks God to shore up his trust so that he can remain true to his bold assertion. “Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from old.” (Psalm 25:4-6)
We all know that we should trust in God, but where does this trust lead us? What does it cause us to seek? Although David did great things in his spiritual service to God and accomplished great victories, David saw another kind of end to trust. In Psalm 27:4-5: “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.”
Where does trust lead us? To peace.