Trust in Him, Just in Him

 

When my girls were wee little, their favorite movie was Jungle Book. We viewed it several times a week, so we had much of it memorized, which led to quoting it from time to time. On one such occasion, when they felt I didn’t quite have their life under control, I sang the song of Kaa, the sneaky snake who tried to get Mowgli to trust in him so he could wrap him in his coils and eat him. (Watch a short clip of the song here.)

Okay, so perhaps it wasn’t the best song choice to reinforce that I was their trustworthy mother for pity sakes, but it lightened the mood, alright?

First, I made my eyes all big and mesmerizing and woogly-boogly, just like Kaa. Then came the s-s-s-sly voice, the s-s-s-sing s-s-s-songy whisper, and the s-s-s-slow lyrics about trust …

Trrrruuuust in meeeee …

Juuuuust in meeeee …

Shut your eeeeyeeeess …

And trust in meee …

When the third line rolled around, I tickled their eyes shut, and by then, they were giggling rather than fretting.

Clouds

When David felt like things were out of control, he sang himself a little song, too. We find it in Psalm 31:1-4 …

In You, O Lord, I put my trust;
Let me never be ashamed;
Deliver me in Your righteousness.
Bow down Your ear to me,
Deliver me speedily;
Be my rock of refuge,
A fortress of defense to save me.

For You are my rock and my fortress;
Therefore, for Your name’s sake,
Lead me and guide me.
Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me,
For You are my strength.

These verses mainly consist of desperate pleas, and reminders that God is His fortress and strength. Then in verse five, he voices ultimate trust in God …

Into Your hand I commit my spirit;
You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.

The words of that first line, of course, are the very words of Christ on the cross in Luke 23, after the sun was darkened and the veil was torn in two, but before He breathed his last.

Back up a chapter and you’ll find Jesus, feeling the weight of the fact that He would soon be crucified, saying, “Father, if it is your will, take this cup away from me.”

Before quoting Christ, David also humbly asked for the cup to be removed …

Deliver me …

Save me …

Lead me …

Guide me …

Pull me out … (translation: Get me outta here!)

There is no sin in the asking. But if our ultimate cry is not “Into Your hand I commit my spirit”, then we sin. We cannot ask for the cup to be taken from us, and fail to follow with “nevertheless, not my will, but Yours be done.” To do otherwise is to pridefully say that we know best, and/or that He is not trustworthy.

Sticky situations prompt fervent begging ~ and that’s okay! We should be begging for our situation to be remedied – for deliverance, guidance, salvation, direction, and safety. But in our begging, let’s not forget to humbly bow and tack on two sentiments:

Into Your hands I commit my spirit …

and …

Nevertheless, not my will be done, but Yours.

We are the wee little ones ~ always free to come boldly to His throne. But every ultimate decision is up to the One in charge.

Fence

Hard lessons, I know. I remember thinking when I was younger that if I could just simply follow Proverbs 3:5 to a T, and trust with my whole heart, many of my problems would go away. God is faithful to instill in us faith and trust, but it doesn’t happen overnight. With each new (or ongoing) trial, faith builds. So if you’re like my wee little ones all those years ago, don’t lose heart. Embrace the trial. Stay patient, stay focused, stay determined to do your part (by praying, reading the Word, and obeying) while He works to make you more like Christ.

And … if you want, call me. We’ll s-s-s-sing a little s-s-s-song together …

Truuuust in Hiiiiimmm …

Juuuuust in Hiiiimmmm  …

Shut your eeeyeess …

And trust in Hiiim.

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