Text: Psalm 25:1-5, "Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me. Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause. Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day"
The scripture Proverbs 3:5-6 gave us one of the most powerful admonitions in scriptures, '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'.
It’s probably the most powerful scripture on trusting in the Lord from the Bible, yet the most powerful book to consider when it comes to the subject of TRUST IN THE LORD is none other but the book of Psalms. For in the bible the word TRUST was used in the KJV, the direct translation of the Bible from its original language, 134 times and about 50 times out of this was found in the book of Psalms!
Other related words on the subject of TRUST also includes TRUSTED which appears 28 times in the bible and of the 28 use of this word 12 was found in the Psalms! There is also TRUSTETH which appears about 17 times in scriptures, and 8 of which appears in the Psalms. David was a man who trusteth in the Lord probably more than any other man who has ever walked on the surface of the earth. His writings are clear indications of this! In Psalm 34:8 he gave his own sweet advice, a scripture which believers love to quotes today, "O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him".
And there is this Psalm I love to read in Psalm 20:7, that says others may trust in chariots and horses but we will remember the name of the Lord. Add to this the classic advice in Psalm 115:9-11 where Israel was urged to trust in the Lord, "O Israel, trust thou in the Lord: he is their help and their shield. O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord: he is their help and their shield. Ye that fears the Lord, trust in the Lord: he is their help and their shield". Today the Help of God is coming for you! Amen!
All of these beautiful Psalms must have robbed of on Solomon, David's son and that made him gave that advice in Proverbs 3:5-6, "just trust in the Lord with all your heart and your life will be settled" (paraphrased mind).
He must have read today's text in Psalms 25:1-5 where David prayed the prayer of trust, "O my God, I trust in thee, let me not be ashamed and let not my enemy triumph over me". And God did answer's David's prayer and delivered him from his enemies! He will do for you today! There is no shame to those who trust in the Lord, this is no spiritual cliché, but a daily reality of those whose heart is set on God!
What does TRUST mean? In a very simple definition, it is absolute and highest level of a confidence reposed in any person or any system, anything or any people. This is why when trust is shattered in a relationship that relationship is already gone! This is why trust is the highest level of a confidence reposed in a person for where there is trust there is no second thought about the person!
In Psalm 11:1 David defines trust for us, " In the Lord put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?” I mean, David was saying, my total trust is in the lord why are you having other thoughts, second thoughts, a second option for me? A trusting heart is a fixed heart; it is unremoved, unshakeable, at all times and in all circumstances! This was the position of the Hebrew boys, they told the king, 'even if God will not deliver us yet we will still serve Him'. Even where there are no miracles from the Lord still the heart that trusts in the Lord, nevertheless, remains fixated on God! When you have absolute trust in the lord there are no other alternatives but him. Hallelujah! How many of us possess such a trusting heart today?
It was the same experience for Job, he was a man that trusts in the Lord and will not question God even to the point of death, in Job 13:15 he declared for all to know, 'even if this God slays me, yet I will serve him'! What a statement of absolute trust in God! And this level of trust cannot but activates the help of God. When human efforts fail divine help will prevail. And when help comes from above you cannot remain helpless on the earth! Today help from above is coming for you! Amen!
However absolute trust in the Lord is what activates the help of the Lord! Read that scripture again in Psalm 115:9-11, "O Israel, trust thou in the Lord: he is their help and their shield". Trust is the way to provoke the supernatural help of God!
How do we come to this level of trust in God where our heart is fixed, unwavering and unshaken at all circumstances and at all times? David tells us in Psalm 9:10, "And they that KNOW THY NAME will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee". In other words, we trust him only to the extent that we know Him! The more we know him, both revelation wise and experiential wise, the more we trust him! Knowledge is what breeds trust, deep knowledge is what breeds deep trust!
This is what we need to improve on daily, our knowledge of Him, his ways and his power! This knowledge will increase our trust and when our trust is increased our peace and joy also increase, for when we go through challenging times the thoughts that won't leave our heart is, 'don't worry He is got your back'. Psalm 5:11 tells us, 'But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee'. Trust in the Lord produces joy and quietness even in the midst of challenges and nothing rattles the devil more than a believer who can smile at the storms! Habakkuk the prophet said that even in the midst of seeming unfruitfulness yet he will 'rejoice' in the Lord!
Habakkuk could rejoice because he trusted in the Lord and Habakkuk trusted in the Lord because he knew that God even in the midst of the seeming failure will make his feet's like 'hinds' feet, and he will make me walk upon mine high places'. It’s time to walk upon your high places and trust in the Lord will take you there! Amen!