March 13: Trust

by Jonathan Fairhead

“Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you.” This is the last line of Psalm 84, a psalm that starts with praise of God and his dwelling place, and remarks on how our human souls yearn for God’s love and glory. I cannot help but read this psalm and think of it in terms of the contemporary quest for career. Most of us ask, at some point or other, what must I do in the world? What do I want to study, be, become? What vocation do I choose? Psalm 84 reminds us that we already have a home, in the house of the Lord, much like the sparrow who “has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young — a place near your altar.” The psalm reminds me to tilt the search for outside fulfillment towards the praise of God. There is a natural order to the Christian paradigm, as natural as a bird building its nest (near the altar of God.) “Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.” It is the Lord who bestows favor and honor on us his humble servants, the psalm tells us. Our job is to praise Him, and remain close.


  • Psalm 107:1-16
  • Numbers 20:1-13
  • 1 Corinthians 10:6-13