Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

'But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.' Psalm 13:5

Contained in this verse are two things that man seeks - trust and joy. I want to look at each one separately.

1. Trust - we love to feel trusted and to trust another. Trust means having confidence in another or having a freedom from suspicion. There's nothing that quite destroys a relationship than fear and doubt, always looking over your shoulder wondering what the other is doing.  It's a wonderful feeling when someone puts their trust in you. It's one of the reasons we were created. To put our trust in the mercy of God means we have confidence in Him; we are free from suspicion or doubt. We know that our God is a gracious loving God who is plenteous in mercy. He has extended that mercy even to us and we are forgiven not because of what we have done but because of His abundant mercy. We are free of fear, suspicion and doubt and our faith is able to soar.

2. Joy - When we trust then we are happy! The two are so deeply linked together. When we are free from fear then we find a deep inner joy and contentment that causes us to flourish and grow strong. We can totally and wholeheartedly rejoice in His salvation not because we are great Christians and have never made mistakes but because His mercy has touched our lives.

Gone is the condemnation that haunts us; the accusation from the enemy; the pointing finger from our brother. We are free to rejoice and be glad because He has touched us with His abundant mercy.

'He that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about.' Psalm 32:10