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“In You, O Lord, I put my trust” ~ Psalm 31:1a

“You gotta trust me.”  How often I have heard this!  If I was in a bind, then I had no choice but to trust whoever it was to do what they said they would do. Yet when I do so, I often feel deeply unsettled, probably because I am a human being and know just how untrustworthy I can be!  As fallen beings, there’s no guarantee as to our trustworthiness.  Even the most faithful of us will fail to be trustworthy from time to time.  But, in life, each of us will often find ourselves placing our trust in others with important matters, hoping they will follow through as they said they would.

Psalm 31 begins with David declaring, “In You, O Lord, I put my trust…”  The trust that David placed in God is what we could call, “first-trust”:  The trust that has first place in our heart, mind and soul;  the trust we have in someone that is above and beyond the trust we have in all others.  For believers, this first trust belongs to God.  For most of my Christian life, I have struggled to give God this “first-trust.”  What I mean is, giving God “first-trust” is something I have had to grow into throughout my Christian life.  I think this is normative for most believers.  I believe this is what we see in David’s life as well — he regularly struggled with his trust in God (Psalm 13).  But it was through these struggles that David came to an ever deepening first-trust in God.  The same will hold true for you and I.

In life, we will have to trust others — parents, spouse, children, friends, doctors, and the list goes on.  But these people will never be worthy of first-trust — only God is worthy of first-trust.  Therefore, my trust must first be in the Lord, then (and only then) should I place trust in any other.

Pastor Jeff

Pastor Jeff Scheibenpflug and his wife Sharon both grew up and met in southern Rhode Island. Shortly after they were married, Pastor Jeff attended and graduated from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC earning a BA in Biblical Studies. They then moved to Landsdale, PA where he received his seminary training and earned a Master of Divinity, at Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary. He later returned to the seminary earning a Doctor of Ministry degree. It was always their intention to return to New England and start a church but God had other plans and called them to full time ministry in Ramsey, New Jersey – where Pastor Jeff has been the Sr. Pastor of Grace Baptist Church for the past 22 years. Pastor Jeff has a heart for studying and preaching the word of God and for seeing souls come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ. He and Sharon have been married for 29 years and have three children- Nicholas, Emily and Jonathan.