In God We Trust

Great men of the past talk about trusting God. Why do we trust Our Father in Heaven?

The Psalmist says that we will rejoice in our Father in Heaven because we trust his name, which is holy. Why do we trust His Holy Name?

Psa. 33:18 ¶  Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him,  On those who hope for His lovingkindness,

 Kindness, lovingkindness, mercy and similar words (KJV). (RSV usually has steadfast love occasionally loyalty, NASB loving kindness, kindness, love, NIV unfailing love.)

Def. kindness, lovingkindness, mercy and similar words (KJV). (RSV usually has steadfast love occasionally loyalty, NASB loving kindness, kindness, love, NIV unfailing love.)

Psa. 33:21 For our heart rejoices in Him,
            Because we trust in His holy name.

TWOT:

Psa. 31:14 ¶ But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD,
            I say, “You are my God.”

The Hebrew for trust is: “to hope,” in the positive sense “to rely on God” or to be persuaded,” stressing the feeling of being safe or secure. Likewise, all the derivatives have the same meaning “to feel secure,” “be unconcerned.” sense of confidence, which comes from reliance upon God; those whose hope is in God alone will be delivered from their enemies.

The believers who trust in the Eternal God will have their prayers answered because their prayers will be trustworthy, not selfish or vengeful. Therefore, they will walk in straight paths in words (and prayers) and deeds.

1Chr. 5:20 They cried out to God in the battle, and He answered their prayers because they trusted in Him.

Knowing the Eternal Father brings the great and urgent desire to please Him because of His love for us. How could a believer displease the One who loves Him?

Everything a believer desires to accomplish must come from his great love of God, walking in His Ways, and from his purpose of doing things, which will acknowledge the Eternal One to others.

Prov. 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
            And He will make your paths straight.
Prov. 3:7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;

The ones who have reverent awe bring the ardent desire to turn from all who are against the Ways of the Eternal Creator and Father.
 
Pro 3:7 Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.

They will be given joy, gladness and peace because they trust in God’s uprightness and loving-kindness; nothing – no circumstance or entities – can create any doubt or mistrust in Him. Remember, the evil demon has no greater desire than to take the faith and trust in Our Father in Heaven away from all, especially believers. In all circumstances, Our Father in Heaven continues to develop a person’s faith and trust. He always succeeds because He is the Eternal God and Creator.

Psa. 4:7 You have put gladness in my heart,
            More than when their grain and new wine abound.
Psa. 4:8 In peace I will 1both lie down and sleep,
            For You alone, O LORD, make me to dwell in safety.

Believers accede to the repeated admonition to trust in the Lord.

Is. 26:3 “The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace,
            Because he trusts in You.
Is. 26:4 “Trust in the LORD forever,
            For in GOD the LORD, we have an everlasting Rock.

Prov. 16:20 He who gives attention to the word will find good,
            And blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.

For many reasons a person will need to repent. For example, people have acted that way for so many years that they have trouble getting out of the rut of old habitudes; they need to learn how to substitute good ways for bad ways.

Is. 30:15 For thus the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, has said,
            “In repentance and rest you will be saved,
            In quietness and trust is your strength.”

TWOT defines quietness:

The basic idea of the root is “tranquility.” It implies the absence of strife, war, or trouble on the one hand, and worry or anxiety on the other. It may also imply the absence of a pressing obligation, or again, of some disturbing element that mars a relationship between individuals.

We cannot help looking at keeping the Sabbath as a profound way of quietness.

Phil. 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Jer. 17:7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD
            And whose trust is the LORD.

The cause for hope is not in one’s merit with God or in some sort of “tit-for-tat” arrangement, but only because of God’s kindness, lovingkindness, mercy and similar words (KJV). (RSV usually has steadfast love occasionally loyalty, loving kindness, kindness, love, NIV unfailing love.); his unswerving loyalty, his gracious kindness. Makes it plain that no one dare hope for life on the basis of his own righteousness; show the folly of trusting in sacred formulas and structures; in its proclamation that there is hope for those who accept God’s gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. God whose chief characteristic was faithfulness and trustworthiness; to be utterly dependent on a gracious and dependable God; God’s sovereign control of man’s destiny and God’s total dependability, putting one’s confidence in anything but God is seen to be utterly groundless. However, trust in God is not an automatic guarantee of protection from any and all harm. Nor is refusal to trust God necessarily the road to poverty and deprivation. In the face of his comforters’ bland assurances, Job points out these apparent contradictions in some biting sarcasms (12:6; 24:23). Yet, even Job in his anguish must admit that any other source of security is ultimately valueless.

Psa. 12:6 ¶ The words of the LORD are pure words;
            As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.

Rom. 8:28 ¶ And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

We are told to love God with all our strength. God’s power working within takes away our fears and worries.

Psa. 31:24 Be strong and let your heart take courage,
            All you who hope in the LORD.

We need to trust in God’s word not the things that we see and hear that are in opposition to his Word.

Is. 50:10 Who is among you that fears the LORD,
            That obeys the voice of His servant,
            That walks in darkness and has no light?
            Let him trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God.

The OT considers these sources of false security in some detail in order to show by contrast the excellence of hope in God.

Misplaced trust redounds to trusting people, orientation toward the trends of people and following the follies of legends, megastars and celebrities. Students learned that what the majority’s expectations becomes the trust of much of the whole. The interaction of fanatics toward one another completes picture of the fanaticism ruling society. God’s Word puts it this way:

Psa. 118:8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD
            Than to trust in man.
Psa. 118:9 It is better to take refuge in the LORD
            Than to trust in princes.

Jer. 17:5 ¶ Thus says the LORD,
            “Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind
            And makes flesh his 1strength,
            And whose heart turns away from the LORD.

Violence and oppression comes from the expectations of society. Wars and viciousness emanate from the ways of demons.

Psa. 55:23 But You, O God, will bring them down to the pit of destruction;
            Men of bloodshed and deceit will not live out half their days.
            But I will trust in You.

Riches

The getting, gathering and receiving wealth remains the foundation of satanic goals, and those that apply that ambition to their lives lead them far astray from the true wealth coming from the ways of the Lord.

Psa. 49:6 Even those who trust in their wealth
            And boast in the abundance of their riches?

Vain Idols

Solomon said all is vanity; all that is except the all of God’s Ways.

Psa. 31:6 ¶ I hate those who regard vain idols,
            But I trust in the LORD.

Power and Might

Psa. 44:6 For I will not trust in my bow,
            Nor will my sword save me.
Psa. 44:7 But You have saved us from our adversaries,
            And You have put to shame those who hate us.

Religion

For those belonging to various religions, they have their “temples” to go and pray and worship. However, various idolatries abound in the world: earth worshippers like global warming alarmists, the fan-atics attending (or watching on media) the places these idols sing or dance and political protagonist who live for their party’s ideas and programs. 

Jer. 7:4 “Do not trust in deceptive words, saying, ‘This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD.’

In own ways

Those want what they want; their ways or the highways. They may give lip service to the Eternal Father, but will agree only to what fits their predilections.

Amos 6:1 ¶ woe to those who are at ease in Zion
            And to those who feel secure in the mountain of Samaria,
            The distinguished men of the foremost of nations,
            To whom the house of Israel comes.

2Cor. 1:9 indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead;

Our Eternal Father, who never changes, delivers loving-kindness developing into our eternal trust.

Psa. 25:2       O my God, in You I trust,
            Do not let me be ashamed;
            Do not let my enemies exult over me.
Psa. 31:14 But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD,
            I say, “You are my God.”

Psa. 40:3       He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God;
            Many will see and fear
            And will trust in the LORD.

God will faithfully keep His Covenant of life to all who respond by keeping the Commandments.

Deut. 7:9 “Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments;
Deut. 7:12 ¶ “Then it shall come about, because you listen to these judgments and keep and do them, that the LORD your God will keep with you His covenant and His lovingkindness which He swore to your forefathers.

Let us pray like Nehemiah.

Neh. 1:5 I said, “I beseech You, O LORD God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who preserves the covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, 6  let Your ear now be attentive and Your eyes open to hear the prayer of Your servant which I am praying before You now.

Conclusion

Psa. 33:20 Our soul awaits for the LORD;
            He is our help and our shield.
Psa. 33:21 For our heart rejoices in Him,
            Because we trust in His holy name.

Psa. 1:1 How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners,  Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
Psa. 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,  And in His law he meditates day and night.
Psa. 1:3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,  Which yields its fruit in its season  And its leaf does not wither;  And in whatever he does, he prospers.

Amen.

Gil Kovacs,

Pastor, Sabbath Christian Church

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