The Meaning of Christian 'Trust' Psalm 40:4

Text: “Blessed (blessed with many blessings) is the man/woman that maketh the Lord his/her trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.”
                                                                                                                                Psalm 40:4.

Good morning, true-trusting Christian!  When the Living Lord God granted you and I faith to believe in Christ Jesus – in His Holy Person; in His sinless birth, life, and death upon that cruel Cross; in His willing Sacrifice on that Cross to make the Atonement payment for our vile sins; in His resurrection from the dead to justify us in the sight of our Father in Heaven – He gave us faith to TRUST in things Spiritual, things that cannot be seen by the human eye; touched by the human hand; and tasted by the sensual power of a mere human tongue.  Such determined trust requires a miraculous ingredient to make it consistently work.  That supernatural ingredient must be one that is given as a gift from our Supernatural Lord God: FAITH.

God granted you and I, ‘His people’, faith to fully trust in His Son, Christ Jesus, and His Eternal Salvation of our souls.  Hallelujah!  What a powerful trust which can only be exercised by God’s gift of genuine Christian faith!  (Matthew 1:21)

“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.”  (Proverbs 3:5-6)

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Verse 4.  “Blessed.”  The word ‘blessed’ literally means ‘blessed with blessings’, or ‘blessed with many blessings’.  When the trusting man/woman is Scripturally ‘blessed’ in this manner – the full blessings of the Lord God Almighty are liberally granted, in full recognition of the Divine trust being exercised.  We trust God and His Word only because He has granted us His Supernatural gift of faith to do so.  Then, when we exercise that gift of faith in His service, He pours out the multiple blessings upon us.  Wow!  What a gracious and merciful, and wonderful Lord God we seek to serve!  Hallelujah!  All thanks be to God for His bountiful gift of faith to trust Him, and the reception of all His attendant blessings!

Verse 4.  “Blessed is the man/woman that maketh the Lord his/her trust.  Trusting the Lord God with faith in His Word – both the Living Word, Christ Jesus, and the written Word of inspired Scripture (KJV) – brings us into a close situation of God’s care and protection; His ever-ready call, His inspiration; His guidance and His direction for our lives.  The Lord God is henceforth under Divine moral obligation to undertake for us, as we have forsaken all confidence in our own puny strengths and fallen human resources to place our entire being under His Sovereign will and grace.

Dictionary Definition: Trust – (noun) worthiness of being relied on; fidelity; confidence in the truth of anything; confident expectation; a resting on the integrity, friendship, etc of another; faith; hope; ground of confidence; that which is given or received in confidence; charge; responsibility; anything felt to impose moral obligations;…  (The Chambers Dictionary, page 1783)

Verse 4.  “Blessed is the man that maketh (makes, and continues to make) the Lord his trust.  Faith obtaineth promises.  A simple, single-eye confidence in God is the sure mark of blessedness.  A man/woman may be poor as Lazarus, as hated as Mordecai, as sick as Hezekiah, as lonely as Elijah, but while his hand of faith can keep its hold on God, none of his/her outward afflictions can prevent his being numbered among the blessed.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 194)

The human hand of a regenerate believer can only exercise such a necessary trust, because the Lord God has given him/her His gift of true Christian faith to do so.  Doing so, trusting the Lord God in all things, that believer is surely and Eternally blessed by God.

Verse 4.  “…Respecteth not the proud.  Proud men are tyrants and persecutors of God’s people.  They know and own no other god but themselves.  Herod was such a proud ruler, yet taking the glory to himself, was struck down to death with a fatal worm. We are not to give our respect onto the rich or proud.  (See Acts 13:19-24)

Verse 4.  “…Nor such as turn aside to lies. We must never pay deference to apostates, time-servers, and false teachers; they are an ill leaven, and the more we purge ourselves of them the better; they are blessed whom God preserves from all error in creed and practice.  Verily (truly) were the archfiend of Hell to start a carriage and pair, and live like a lord, he would have thousands who would court his acquaintance.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 194)

In a day of open apostasy and opposition to the truths of the Christian faith as taught in the King James Version Bible – we can find many professing faith in Christ, yet who are following after, if not actually worshipping, apostate preachers and TV Evangelists who inevitably punctuate anything they say with a plea to pledge money to their ‘ministries’. Show me the Pastor who’s mind is fixed on finances, and I will show you a double-minded man whose only treasure is here on earth.  Christian, beware! 

Judas Iscariot had his eyes fixed firmly on the common purse!

If we Christians had only verse 4 of Psalm 40 as our written guidance for life as Christians, we would have a banquet of truth and direction indeed.  When we place our full trust in the Christ of God to save our sin-sick souls; and to supply our every need in this life and in the next – we find Him to be more than sufficient indeed.

“But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”  (Philippians 4:19)

Thought:  ‘Only trust Him, only trust Him, only trust Him now... He will save you, He will save you…He will save you now.’  Let’s keep right on trusting the Lord Jesus – He will never let us down.

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