Last week I was looking at the word confidence in the Scriptures as I was preparing to share what the LORD is teaching me at a men’s breakfast. I was sure when I left the breakfast that I received far more than the guys attending (and for that I apologize). The theme of confidence has been on my mind ever since and then I read the first line of Psalm 108 that spoke to me in profound ways this morning. Here it is in five different translations (Hebrew is a cool language):
My heart is confident in you, O God;
no wonder I can sing your praises with all my heart! (NLT)
My heart is steadfast, O God;
I will sing, I will sing praises, even with my soul. (NASB)
O God, my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and give praise, even with my glory. (NKJV)
I’m ready, God, so ready, ready from head to toe.
Ready to sing, ready to raise a God-song (MSG)
God, my heart is steady.
I will sing and praise you with all my being. (NCV)
What I realized is when I’m NOT singing praise but instead the blues, it’s directly connected to how much I trust God with my life. It seems there’s a serious shortage of faith in God’s goodness going around these days. One thing is for sure, no one thinks for me and so, I’m responsible to remind myself of how great God is. Especially in a world that tries to refute that truth on a regular basis.
If your confidence is shaken, please join me in the pursuit of seeking God with all our heart. God promises that if you seek you’ll find, if you ask you’ll receive and if you knock the door will be opened. Every treasure known to man is discovered with great effort. This is a worthy endeavor and the obstacles to this treasure are real.