What does it mean to trust in God? It’s an important question, if for no other reason, because many people would claim their favorite verse to be Proverbs 3:5 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.
But how do you do that? How do you trust in Him with all your heart? How do you keep from leaning on your own understanding? Do you squinch up your face as you go through a hard time and try to hold on, figuratively, to a God you can’t see?
The answer to the question, “How do I truly trust God?” is found in a delightful verse in the 9th Psalm. There, David gives us the key to trusting. He writes:
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 (ESV)
Do you see it? David says that if we know God, we will trust in God, and then he tells us exactly what it means to trust in Him, connecting the second half of the verse with the first half with the word, for…
To trust God, therefore, is to seek God. Trust is not some vague feeling of reliance on the Lord. Trust is always expressed to one degree or another, in seeking God, or in other words, in prayer. Therefore, if I am trusting, I am praying.
To trust in the Lord with all my heart, therefore, is at least, to pray, to call on the One Who can make sense of my crazy life. To seek Him means that I do not lean on myself and my own understanding, but I turn to Him, and rest in Him by seeking His face.
So how about you? Do you trust God? If so…you pray.