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But I Trust In You, O Lord

Luke 22:39-71    Genesis 40    Psalm 31

Today’s texts brought to mind the words of a hymn, “Friends may fail me, foes assail me, he, my Savior, makes me whole . . . Saving, helping, keeping, loving, he is with me to the end” (J. Wilbur Chapman). As all three story lines remind us, friends do fall short, and foes can be harsh: “The chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him” (Genesis 40:23) . . . “they plot to take my life” (Psalm 31:13) . . . “Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of Man?” (Luke 22:48) . . . and “the men who were holding Jesus began to mock him and beat him” (Luke 22:63). What’s more, Joseph, Jesus, and the psalm writer are innocent of any wrongdoing (Gen. 40:15; Lk.23:13-15; Psalm 31:6). In fact, Joseph and Jesus engage in helping and healing through it all!

How did they do it? I certainly want to know! I find the key in Jesus’ example and counsel, and in Psalm 31. Having instructed his disciples to pray, he does exactly that, honestly and fervently: “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet not my will but yours be done” (Lk.22:42). Can’t you hear in this echoes of the psalmist’s cry, “take me out of the net that is hidden for me, for you are my refuge. Into your hands I commit my spirit . . .” (Psalm 31:4,5)? These are prayers of trust. Deep trust. Relational trust. Pure, honest, and humble trust: “Here is my desire, now I place myself in your care . . .”

How about us? Where do we place our trust? In the people around us? In our ability to take care of ourselves? Or in God, who creates us, saves us, helps us, keeps us, loves us, and promises to be with us to the end? Friends will fail us, foes may assail us, but God is forever faithful! May we follow the examples before us this day and join with the psalmist in declaring:

I trust in you, O Lord;
I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in your hand!
— Psalm 31:14,15

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