1) "I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus,
Trusting only Thee;
Trusting Thee for full salvation,
Great and free."
A classic if there ever was one: "I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus." It's a simple statement of faith. I'm not clinging to my bank account, my promising career, or all the great things I think I do. I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus, and there is nothing that compares to that.
2) "I am trusting Thee for pardon;
At Thy feet I bow,
For Thy grace and tender mercy
My conscience tells me I've blown it. There's no getting around it, no escape hatch through which I can go swimming to the surface to get beyond my sin. "I am trusting Thee for pardon." And beyond that which is extended by Christ, there is no reprieve for my crimes.
3) "I am trusting Thee for cleansing
In the crimson flood;
Trusting Thee to make me holy
By Thy blood."
Like filthy grime that stains to the bone, such is the depth of my sin. My feeble efforts at making myself presentable are a cosmetic ruse. "I am trusting Thee for cleansing." Soiled rags are the best I have to offer—but—washed in His blood, I am made clean.
4) "I am trusting Thee to guide me;
Thou alone shalt lead,
Ev'ry day and hour supplying
All my need."
Though I chart a course and attempt to read the signs along the way, my perception is lacking, and my vision distorted. Setting out without You is like rowing a boat with one oar. "I am trusting Thee to guide me." Then, and only then, will my path be made straight.
5) "I am trusting Thee for power;
Thine can never fail.
Words which Thou Thyself shalt give me
My thirst for control and lust to conquer betray my complete insufficiency. A lifetime of self-deception as to who's in charge shows that it is certainly not me. "I am trusting Thee for power." The white flag is raised; I relinquish the façade of control.
6) "I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus;
Never let me fall.
I am trusting Thee forever
And for all."
The self—and everything in it—that worships and adores me must go. It's a daily execution. This bloated beast, reeking with pride, animosity, and self-justification, must die. "I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus, never let me fall." He asks for nothing more, and I am to give nothing less. "I am trusting Thee forever, and for all."
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, make Your love new to me every day. Keep the agony of Your sacrifice and the triumph of Your resurrection ever before me, shaping me into the person You want me to be. In Your Name I ask this. Amen.
This Daily Devotion was written by Paul Schreiber. It is based on the hymn, "I Am Trusting Thee, Lord Jesus," which is found on page 729 in the Lutheran Service Book.
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