Psalm 33:20 – 21 (NKJV) Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in Him, Because we have trusted in His holy name.
The one and only true God is stunningly faithful and reflecting on this truth can be vital to do when the chips are down. Think about how consistently the sun rises and sets, the gravitational constant keeps us all on the surface of the planet, the rain falls and the stars shine. God set it all up to stay functioning and in order. He can be trusted to care about our lives too. He is our help. He is our shield.
What often happens is that we focus our thinking on how badly we’ve been treated or how unfair our situation has become or, worse, how we’ve given so much and everyone else just doesn’t notice. This sort of victim-hood leads to deeper and deeper self-absorption. The cure is for our hearts to reflect deeply (this is what meditation is) on the things we can see around us that demonstrate God’s constancy and care for creation. Since He cares enough to have created a system that nourishes the greatest to the smallest of creatures, surely we can trust Him with our own situation. At this point we have to make a choice of faith to be thankful to Him for His character, even during the most difficult times. We can find something to thank God for but we must search this out especially when times are tough. When we do, we find that our chins lift a little higher because the Lord is the “lifter of our heads”.