In the beginning, when all of humanity consisted of Adam and Eve, God gave them everything they needed. They walked in His presence. All God wanted was their trust and their praise. All was good until they were misled and came to question what God had said. They disobeyed one of God’s commands and sinned, breaking trust and creating separation.
Since then mankind has been living along the continuum between trusting God and doubting God, between praising Him and being separated from Him. When we are living in covenant relationship with God, we trust in Him and praise Him for all of the ways in which He blesses, guides, and provides for us. When we sin, we reveal a lack of trust in God and we turn away instead of praising Him and connecting with Him. Life is so much better when we are living in connection with God, but we are sinful creatures and sometimes we fall to temptation.
The psalmist reminds us that we are blessed when we dwell in His house and that we find strength in Him. When we are here we are ‘ever praising’ and our ‘heart is on a pilgrimage’ to draw closer to God. In turn, the psalmist declares that God is then our sun and shield and that God bestows favor and honor on those who trust in Him.
God is indeed trustworthy and deserves our praise. We can trust Him because He loved us enough to make us in His image. We can trust Him because He does provide for our needs. We can trust Him because He sent His only Son to pay the price for our sins. We can trust Him because He loves us enough to prepare a place for us in eternity. Praise be to our God!
Scripture reference: Psalm 84: 4-5 and 11-12