|Music is vital part of living a Christian life. It can entertain us, encourage us, comfort us, convict us, and according to Colossians 3:16 it can also teach us.|
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
As we continue to journey thru 40 days of prayer and fasting for the upcoming election, it should be our desire and prayer that the words “IN GOD WE TRUST” becomes more than a saying, more than a theme or motto, that it becomes a reality in each of our lives. The words of the song, “Simply Trusting Every Day,” written by Edgar Stites, are a valuable lesson in how to trust God.
Verse one teaches us to trust God in the midst of stormy trials.
“Simply trusting every day, Trusting through a stormy way,
Even when my faith is small, Trusting Jesus, that is all.”
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness” (Isaiah 41:10).
Verse two teaches us to trust God wherever He may lead.
“Brightly doth His Spirit shine Into this poor heart of mine;
While He leads I shall not fall, Trusting Jesus, that is all.”
“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye” (Psalms 32:8).
Verse three teaches us to trust Him during the good and bad times, and to lift up our voices to Him in song and in prayer.
“Singing if my way is clear, Praying if the path be drear;
If in danger, for Him call, Trusting Jesus, that is all.”
“Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms” (James 5:13).
Verse four teaches us to trust Him when it comes time to depart this life.
“Trusting Him while life shall last, Trusting Him till earth be past,
Till within the jasper wall, Trusting Jesus, that is all.”
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (John 5:24).
The chorus teaches us to trust God moment by moment and day by day. God rarely gives us all the details of the future, we just need to trust Him one step at a time. Impatience often causes us to push ahead of God, leaving Him out of our daily plans, and that can be very dangerous.
“Trusting as the moments fly, Trusting as the days go by;
Trusting Him whate’er befall, Trusting Jesus, that is all.”
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof” (Matthew 6:33-34).
Are you taking God with you, or are you following Him, trusting Him through every storm, in good and bad times, moment by moment, singing and praying as you go through each day?
“And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. Sing praises to the Lord, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings” (Psalms 9:10-11).