Do you ever feel shaken by the challenges of life? Even as believers, sometimes circumstances hit us hard.  We can feel shaken by all sorts of things: world events, disappointments, emotions, interactions with other people, our own mistakes, unpleasant conditions, health issues, financial burdens, the death of a loved one, and the list could go on.  However, today let’s reflect on the words of the psalmist David.

“For the king trusts in the LORD, and through the mercy of the Most High he shall not be moved” (Psalm 21:7, NKJV).  King David proclaimed that he would hold steadfast hope in the Lord and remain unshaken through life’s challenges.  Consider another translation’s rendering of this verse:  “For the king [confidently] trusts in the Lord, and through the lovingkindness (faithfulness, goodness) of the Most High he will never be shaken” (AMP).

How could King David have such a strong resolve?  The answer is in the first part of the verse in which he proclaims, “The king trusts in the LORD.”  Indeed, the only way to never be shaken is to truly trust in the Lord.

Trust begins when your sense of control ends.  For instance, when my wife and I leave our three young children with a babysitter, we have to extend our trust to the sitter.  At the moment we leave our home, we no longer have direct control of our kids.  Obviously, our children are of immeasurable value to us, but there are times when we have to release our sense of control and place them in the hands of someone we trust.

The concept runs true in our relationship with the Lord. To extend our trust to Him, we have to release our sense of control.  The people we love, the situations we care deeply about, and even our own lives are better in His hands than in ours.  It’s tempting to try to fix everything ourselves, but there are many situations only God can handle.  Only when we transfer our sense of control to the Lord will we have true peace and the ability to remain unshaken.

Indeed, we have to realize and conclude that we cannot handle life’s challenges on our own.  King David certainly faced opportunities to be shaken in his faith and focus.  He was challenged, threatened, and even made some big mistakes.  But through it all, he realized he needed help from God and placed his trust in Him.  In another scripture passage, he declared, “Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass” (Psalm 37:5, AMPC).

Furthermore, David proclaimed, “Let those rejoice who put their trust in You” (Psalm 5:11, NKJV).  I think this verse makes an interesting point. Yes, we should rejoice always, but it can’t be a fake, shallow show of happiness.   True rejoicing doesn’t come from simply having a blissful attitude or positive thinking alone.  To be able to genuinely rejoice through life’s ups and downs, we must have deep-rooted faith, hope, and trust in God alone.  This scripture points out that the ones who can rejoice are those “who put their trust in You.”

So, if you want to live in joy and remain unshaken despite circumstances, learn to trust God with your life.  Let’s roll all our cares on Him today.