Psalm 55:22 "Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall."
I love finding parallels between the Old and New Testaments. There are so many of them, and, for me, they bring this whole epic story into focus.
This particular verse reminds me sharply of 1 Peter 5:7, "Cast your cares on Him, because He cares for you." They say different things, but they speak to the same principle: Don't worry about your life, 'cause God sees everything and holds you through it. He loves us so far beyond our comprehension. He sees the trials and the tears. He sees the wolves that attack us, the darkness that seems to grow stronger. But He's not going to let us fall. He really does have the whole world in His hands, as the children's song goes. We can trust completely in Him. And, if we can trust Him, what need have we to worry?
Psalm 57:2 "I cry out to God Most High, to God, Who fulfills His purpose for me."*
I am a work of art in progress. God is fashioning me into something beautiful, and He's not going to leave me half-done. He is a Master Craftsman; He finishes what He starts. I can trust in that. I need to keep following where He leads, and He will continue to perfect me.
Psalm 59:17 "O my Strength, I sing praise to You; You, O God, are my fortress, my loving God."
This is actually the second time David refers to this concept in the passage. Earlier, in verse 9, he says, "O my Strength, I watch for You…"
David is being hunted by Saul. He's crying out for deliverance, for God's justice. In the midst of it all, though, He is seeking help from God. He's not trusting in his own strength to get him out of this.
And God did deliver him, time and time again. God's hand was on David, and eventually He made him king of Israel. The lesson to me is clear. God keeps His promises. God protects His people. He desires our good, and He will never fail us.
*My translation of the NIV is several years old, and the version that can be found online has been updated for more modern language. This verse's wording has changed more than most.
What do you think of these verses? Let me know in the comments!