Years ago, I grappled with the constant fear of my Lyme disease reactivating and the potential injuries that would further debilitate my already weak body. Every day, I wrestled with what the future might hold: Will I ever be healed from Lyme? Will I get my energy back, or will chronic fatigue be my new normal? Will I be able to have children? Will God still take care of me?
When we can’t seem to reconcile a good God with hard circumstances, it takes a toll on our trust in him. Our minds spin with unanswered questions: What if my spouse dies in a sudden accident? What if I lose this baby? What if my test results come back positive? What if I don’t find another job? But we often fail to ask the most important question: How can I learn to trust God, no matter what happens?
Psalm 34, David’s beautiful poem about God’s goodness, helps us answer this question. Its acrostic style displays the expanse of our Lord’s goodness as David takes us through the Hebrew alphabet––an “A to Z” of the benevolent nature of our God.
There is no doubt David wrestled with the goodness of God; many of his psalms provide proof (see Psalms 68–70). But when trials hit, and the shadow of death enveloped him, David relied on what he knew to be absolutely and always true: God is good.
In this psalm, David guides us through three steps to trust God and fight our fears.
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