In the world’s eyes, the logical, reasonable thing to do is to look around us for answers. How can you trust in that which you cannot see? People place their trust in all sorts of things – especially money, man, self – everything but God. But the Bible tells us NOT to trust those things. Trusting in God is against our natural mind. It does not come naturally. And it is more than just at the moment of salvation (though that is important too). Our Christian walk is one of continually trusting in God and looking to Him for everything, even the little things.
“He trusted in the LORD God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him. For he clave to the LORD, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses. And the LORD was with him; and he prospered whithersoever he went forth: and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, and served him not.” (2 Kings 8:5-7, emphasis added)
- The trust of Hezekiah in God set him apart from all other kings. He was known for it even to those outside his land (2 Kings 8:29)
- His trust manifested itself in closeness with God, following God faithfully and obedience to Him. These verses help us to understand what trust is and looks like.
- God blessed him as a result. We don’t obey for the prosperity but God delights in blessing obedient children.
- Hezekiah rebelled against the king of Assyria as Christians are to rebel against the devil.
Psalm 4 I believe is a psalm all about trusting in the Lord. A few verses really stand out on the subject:
“Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.” (Psalm 4:4)
Sinning not comes of trusting God. I mean, if we really trusted God, we wouldn’t sin because His Word and commandments would have preeminence in our lives instead of vying with what we want to do (trusting in self). Being still comes from a state of trust in God, knowing that one can have peace no matter how bleak the situation looks because God is ultimately sovereign. No struggling against circumstances or people, no frustration at trying to control everything yourself, no worries and cares. More on that in the last verse.
“Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD. There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.” (Psalm 4:5, 6)
Yet again, we see obedience to the commandments of God goes right along with trusting the LORD. But how does righteousness involve sacrificing? There is a cost associated with holy living. In a carnal sense, one must deny their own fleshly lusts. Our own will and desires must be put on the altar, to be crucified, in order to be sanctified. The very decision to be righteous is a sacrifice. Jesus Christ Himself demonstrated the ultimate example of sacrifice, both of His will in yielding that to the Father and in His earthly body. Then there are the spiritual sacrifices of righteousness unto God, in the fruits of a Spirit-filled life – meekness, gentleness, faith, longsuffering, kindness, goodness. These can only be rightly offered once sacrifice of self has taken place. The sacrificing takes place when things don’t always make sense to us, when we would have things otherwise, when the world looks upon us and our cause as foolish… but we choose to submit to God’s will and lay it all down. That is exemplifying trust in the Lord. In the place where it seems there is no help, the Psalmist calls unto God for favour.
“I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me to dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4:8)
This is springing from the heart of one that trusts God entirely. Notice how ONLY the Lord is being looked to, nothing or nobody else. And also notice what that complete trust in God brings in our lives – peace! If you are lacking peace, you are lacking trust in God.
Listen to the words that only one who trusts God can say:
“The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” (Psalm 18:2)
The world has many different things it trusts, all of which will fail, but it is not to be so with us:
“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.” (Psalm 20:7, 8)
Our hope is sure:
“Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide.” (Psalm 26:1)
And we praise God because we trust not in vain in Him:
“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.” (Psalm 28:7)
Psalm 31 contains prophesy about the Messiah as well as many good words on looking to God out of trust during dark times.
“Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth. I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the LORD.” (Psalm 31:5, 6)
“My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.” (Psalm 31:15)
The psalmist recognizes that God holds all of the times of his life in His hand, to do with what He will. It is not wrong to ask God for deliverance from that which pleased Him to allow in your life. In fact, it is a good thing to do rather than look to other things to escape with. It shows we trust Him to ask Him for help. But another part of trust is accepting the will of God. I think of the words of Jesus again in the garden, beseeching the Father for deliverance, but resolving to submit to Him. It was a great example to us.
The world will always be let down by the things it looks to, but we have promises from God. God is faithful to them that trust Him!
“The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.” (Psalm 34:22)
Another connection is drawn between trust and righteousness, as well as promise of safety and provision:
“Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.” (Psalm 37:4)
See also Psalm 37:5.
The beautiful sequence of unwavering trust in the Lord in time of trouble, followed by the deliverance of God, followed by praise to Him for that deliverance inspires others to trust God too (Psalm 40:1-3).
“Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.” (Psalm 40:4)
“The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.” (Psalm 64:10)
Recognition of a long-standing need, as well as vulnerability and weakness protected and upheld by God’s power:
“For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth. By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother’s bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee.” (Psalm 71:5,6)
Recognition of complete dependence on God, self-weakness:
“Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee. But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.” (Psalm 73:25-28)
What trust looks like exemplified by the righteous man in Psalm 112:
“He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies.” (Psalm 112:7, 8)
The vanity of trusting in idols and an unction and reasons to trust in the Lord is found in Psalm 115.
“They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.” (Psalm 125:1)
Trusting in the Lord is a commandment of Scripture. It is required for our Christian walk. Without trust in the Lord, there can be no closeness between us and Him. How much should we trust God?
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)
“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain my own ways before him.” (Job 13:15)
“Although thou sayest thou shalt not see him, yet judgment is before him; therefore trust thou in him.” (Job 35:14)
“So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.” (aaaa)
“Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:” (Isaiah 26:4)
Note the warning against trusting in your own wisdom.
What keeps us from trust? I believe pride plays a large role in that. We don’t recognize our dependence upon God. We think we can do it without Him, forgetting our need or assuming we have none. But that is because of pride. I believe pride also keeps us from seeking the Lord. Pride in heart is contrasted with trusting the Lord in the following verse:
“He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.” (Proverbs 28:25)
How to trust the Lord?
- Psalm 9:10
- last verse of Psalm 64
- Psalm 141:8
- Isaiah 50:10
What does it mean to trust the Lord?
- Wait on the Lord Psalm 37:7
- Rest in the Lord Psalm 37:7
- Committing to the Lord Psalm 37:5
When to trust the Lord?
“What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” (Psalm 56:3)
“Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.” (Psalm 62:8)
The Blessings of Trusting the Lord
- Blessing Psalm 40:5
- Provision Psalm 36:7,8 Psalm 37:3, Prov 28:25
- Deliverance Psalm 17:7, Psalm 18:2, Psalm 22:4, Jeremiah 39:18
- Direction Proverbs 3:5
- Salvation Psalm 18:2
- Safety Psalm 91:2, Prov 29:25
- Peace Psalm 4:8
- No fear Isaiah 12:2
- Ordered life Psalm 144:2, Proverbs 3:5, 6
- Strength Psalm 11:1, Psalm 18:2, Psalm 28:7, Isaiah 26:4
- Steadfastness Psalm 26:1, Psalm 112:7, Psalm 125:1
- Surety 37:5
- Reward Rut 2:13
- Protection 2 Sam 22:31, Psalm 18:2, Psalm 28:7, Psalm 91:2, Jeremiah 39:18
- Help Psalm 28:7, Psalm 34:22, 1 Chronicles 5:21
- Exaltation 2 Kings 18:5, Psalm 20:7
- Joy Psalm 4:5, 7, Psalm 28:7, Psalm 5:11
- Not ashamed Psalm 31:1
- Not put to confusion Psalm 71:1, Psalm 22:5
- Known of God Nahum 1:7
- Wherewith Psalm 119:42
Warnings on What Not to Trust
“For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me.” (Psalm 44:6)
“He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.” (Proverbs 28:26)
“For because thou hast trusted in thy works and in thy treasures, thou shalt also be taken: and Chemosh shall go forth into captivity with his priests and his princes together.” (Jeremiah 48:7)
“When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousness shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it.” (Ezekiel 33:13)
“Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men.” (Hosea 10:13)
“And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” (Luke 18:9-14)
“But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:” (2 Corinthians 1:9)
Trusting others and rulers:
“It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.” (Psalm 118:8,9)
“Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.” (Psalm 146:3)
“Take ye heed every one of his neighbour, and trust ye not in any brother: for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbour will walk with slanders.” (Jeremiah 9:4)
“The LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saith; Behold, I will punish the multitude of No, and Pharaoh, and Egypt, with their gods, and their kings; even Pharaoh, and all them that trust in him:” (Jeremiah 46:25)
“Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.” (Micah 7:6, 7)
Trusting false gods:
“And he shall say, Where are their gods, their rock in whom they trusted, Which did eat the fat of their sacrifices, and drank the wine of their drink offerings? let them rise up and help you, and be your protection.” (Deuteronomy 32:37, 38)
“They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye are our gods.” (Isaiah 42:17)
“Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompence.” (Job 15:31)
“None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.” (Isaiah 59:4)
“They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:” (Psalm 49:6, 7)
“The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him: Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.” (Psalm 52:6, 7)
“For becaue thou hast trusted in thy works and in thy treasures, thou shalt also be taken: and Chemosh shall go forth into captivity with his priests and his princes together.” (Jeremiah 48:7)
“Wherefore gloriest thou in the valleys, thy flowing valley, O backsliding daughter? that trustest in her treasures, saying, Who shall come unto me?” (Jeremiah 49:4)
“And the disciple were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth them again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!” (Mark 10:24)
“Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;” (1 Timothy 6:17)
Trusting oppression & perverseness:
“Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.” (Psalm 62:10)
“Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon: Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant.” (Isaiah 30:12, 13)
Trusting man’s strength & military might:
“Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!” (Isaiah 31:1)
“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.” (Psalm 20:7)
“Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men.” (Hosea 10:13)
“Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin: That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt!” (Isaiah 36:9)
“For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me.” (Isaiah 47:10)
“Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, are these.” (Jeremiah 7:4)
“Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit.” (Jeremiah 7:9)
“This is thy lot, the portion of thy measures from me, saith the LORD; because thou hast forgotten me, and trusted in falsehood.” (Jeremiah 13:25)
“Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, Hananiah; the LORD hath not ent thee; but thou makest this people to trust in a lie.” (Jeremiah 28:15)
“Send to all them of the captivity, saying, Thus saith the LORD concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite; Because Shemaiah hath prophesied unto you, and I sent him not, and he caused you to trust in a lie:” (Jeremiah 29:30)
“But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was.” (Ezekiel 16:15)
“Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!” (Amos 6:1)
“Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.” (John 5:45)