Sprinkled throughout this psalm are various pictures that provide the assurance of God’s victory, not only in His eternal plan, but also in and through the lives of His precious saints. Trust is the most basic of the characteristics of our relationship with the Lord and sets the foundation for all the rest. The Hebrew word carries the meaning of confidence, or boldness, and is often used in such a way that it would imply that we are to “gain support” and “lean on” the One in whom we trust. The expanded definition of trust is contained in Proverbs, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones” (Proverbs 3:5-8).
But merely having great confidence in the God of creation is not enough. We must “do good” (our text). The entire New Testament book of James is devoted to this theme: “faith without works is dead” (James 2:20). “And why call you me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46). “O that there was such a heart in them” God told Moses, “that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children forever!” (Deuteronomy 5:29). If we would enjoy the blessings of God, we must embrace the plan of God. If we are to expect the promise that we will “dwell” and “be fed,” then we must submit to the instructions of our Lord, who told us to “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).
The above was taken from “Days of Praise” … March 2, 2009
Written by Henry M. Morris, III
If you would stop and think for awhile about what you trust in, you would probably come up with areas such as, riches, yourself, man, governments, or in the words of men. Trust is the most basic of the characteristics of our relationship with the Lord and sets the foundation for all the rest. The Hebrew word carries the meaning of confidence, or boldness, and is often used in such a way that it would imply that we are to “gain support” and “lean on” the One in whom we trust. Thus, we need to fully trust God and do good things, because the more good we do, the less chance evil has to succeed. We also need to take delight in God and His will and He has promised to provide for what we need.
Psalm 4:5 puts it this way, “Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord” and Psalm 2:12 states, “Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him”. Psalm 34:8, Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trust in Him”; Psalm 33:20-21, “Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in Him, Because we have trusted in His holy name” and Psalm 143:8, “Cause me to hear Your loving kindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You”
Thus, the more we immerse ourselves in God, His Word, and His promises, the less we will worry over the troubles of this world, especially if you know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of your life. And above all take to heart His words in Matthew 6:34, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things.” So, as you choose to trust Him every day, He will give you rest for your soul, and your heart and mind will be filled with His love, peace, and joy that passeth all understanding.
No one is beyond the reach of God’s Love