Psalm 56:3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.
There are two conflicting things here: an emotion (“I am afraid”), and an attitude of will in the spirit (“I will trust”).
The fear is superficial in the emotions, but the trust runs deep in the spirit.
Let’s use another analogy: a deep river flows along its channels to the sea.. Sometimes, a wind may blow strongly along the surface, stirring up waves that go in the contrary direction, but neither the wind nor those waves can deflect the direction of the river as it coninues to flow in its channel to the sea, unperturbed by the wind and waves on its surface.
A great New Testament example is Paul.
2 Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
Most of Paul’s influential friends had left him or turned hostile. Only Luke was still faithful to him. Demas, one of his traveling companions had abandoned Paul and turned to the world. Paul was infirm and aged, manacled, a prisoner in an unjust trial, awaiting executino in a Roman jail.
Notice his serene unshaken confidence: “I am not ashamed,” “I know,” “I believed,” “am persuaded”.
Notice that he looks forward to “that day” when the righteous Judge will award him the crown of righeousness. (2 Timothy 4:8).
Whence comes this unshaken trust? What’s Paul’s secret? “I have committed unto Him.”
To change the English word without changing the meaning. He trusts because he entrusted!
Years ago, Paul had entrusted himself to Christ irrevocably. Subsequently, he experienced all kinds of trials and sufferings, but these only brought forth a deepening trust that came to full fruition, its full bright radiance, in the dismal setting of a Roman dungeon.
Although our lives can have tribulation as Paul had, trustfulness is what God expects of us in all situations. Sometimes God teaches us a lesson of trust through the lips and behavior of a child:
Luke 18:15 And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them.
16 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
Here’s another parable of trustfulness, based this time on a true incident in the life of a preacher who was undertaking a project for God that he felt he didn’t have adequate faith for.
And then, God taught him a lesson in trustfulness through his 15-year-old xon.
That day he was on his way to South Texas to lead a revival meeting. While preparing to leave, his 15-year-old son said, “Daddy, when you’re in South Texas, I believe God wants you to bring me back a parrot.” Chuckling at him, I replied, “Son, parrots cost $1,500. Why don’t you go ask the Lord if He really wants you to have a parrot? If He does, He’ll get one for you.” The lad darted out of the room. About 10 minutes later, he returned and flatly declared, “Daddy, I asked the Lord about my parrot, and He said He wants me to have one.”
The preacher could not believe it. What could he say? He left, wondering if he had somehow taught his son to manipulate what he was hearing from God.
When I arrived in South Texas, he told the couple he was staying with about his conversation with his son. The man andthe preacher laughed it off. But the wife had a different reaction: “Parrots fly over the border from Mexico through here all the time.” The preacher looked at her and wondered what that had to do with anything. They could never catch a wild parrot.
Att 5:00 next morning the preacher got up for his quiet time. In the middle of his devotions, hr heard something outside. Looking out the window, hr saw that the woman had set up a cage in a nearby tree and was down on her knees praying. He wondered if he had somehow led this woman into total delusion. Did she expect a wild parrot to just walk into the cage?
I returned to my quiet time, then went on with the meetings of the day.
The following morning he got up for his quiet time again. This time he was in deep prayer
Again, he heard something outside. Opening the window, he saw this woman shutting the door of the cage.
Inexplicably, a large, beautiful parrot had flown into the yard and walked into the waiting cage all on its own! I looked up at the Lord and said, “Lord, I am in bad trouble for my lack of faith.” And it just felt like He agreed with me. That day the Lord began to speak into my heart and say, “Your borders are too narrow. But I can cross your borders, I can bring the supply that’s needed. If you will have faith as a child, I will release that which you need in this hour.”
Today that parrot sits in the preacher’s house. He says he can’t look at it without being reminded of God’s supply in the face of childlike faith.
End of parable. I have left out personal details about the preacher and his specific project, because I didn’t want to distract you from the core of the real-life parable. When we have the trustfulness of a child, it delights the Father’s heart, and He responds in ways we cannot imagine.
I have three concerns with sharing this story. The preacher is a well known figure who teaches dominionism. And it is a fallacy to base one’s faith on a testimony however gripping (and this one is actually somewhat trivial), rather than base it on the Word of God. The third concern is that more details would have left the reader that God heard the lad’s prayer because he was the preacher’s son, and had learned from him how to listen to God, rather than the fact that he trusted God Himself.