Psalm 56:3 – “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.” NKJV
Isaiah 12:2 – “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For YAH, the LORD, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.'” NKJV
Let’s proceed in considering the matter of TRUST and how it relates to Faith and to our Christian walk. There are “Five Separate Words” translated TRUST in Scripture that I’d like us to briefly consider.
- Galal (To Roll) – – Psalm 22:8, “He trusted on the Lord.”
This speaks of Christ in the hours of His crucifixion and David wrote that “He, Christ rolled Himself on the LORD.” He TRUSTED or placed His full confidence in the Father. This is the confidence of complete and total dependence.
- Chul (To Wait or Stay Upon) – – Job 35:14, “Therefore trust thou in Him.”
This is the confidence that exhibits patience borne out of that confidence and trust. Elihu said to Job, “Wait for Him.” Trust, be patient and WAIT on the LORD. One of the most difficult task we are ever assigned in times of difficulty and uncertainty.
- Yachal (The Hebrew word for HOPE) – – Job 35:15, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him…”
Even in the face of death Job refused to relinquish His confidence in God and affirmed that even if it meant death He would die trusting God’s character, nature, power, and promises.
- Chasah (To Flee for Refuge) – – Psalm 91:4, “He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt though trust…”
God is our strong tower or refuge in the time of a storm. He is our shelter and our rock. If we cannot trust Him what can we trust?
- Batach (To Confide in or Lean on) – – Used in multiple places and is the most commonly used word translated
Therefore, TRUST seems to be rolling our needs and cares upon God, followed by a patient waiting for Him to act in His time. It is Hope even when things seem hopeless and it means to flee to God and His Promises for refuge when doubt and fear make a frontal assault on us.
Therefore, David and Isaiah are both correct! The difference is not in the fact that they TRUSTED it is WHEN they trusted or got around to trusting. David trusted AFTER fear had made a frontal assault and was gripping him. Isaiah trusted BEFORE fear took control. There is a difference and illustrates another powerful reason to study the Word of God, pray, and develop a deep relationship with the LORD.
I suggest that TRUST is somewhat inherent in our natures for we are made in the Image and Likeness of God. In fact, we could not live without some level of trust. For example, we sit in chairs with no thought of them not holding us up. We flip the light switch expecting lights to come on in our homes. We turn on the ignition in our automobiles trusting it to start and become our conveyance to where we wish to go. We trust a metal tube built by the lowest bidder to fly in an airplane. TRUST is a part of life.
Paul instructs in 2 Corinthians 1:9, that we should not trust ourselves but God and he instructed Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:17, “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded or trust in uncertain riches, but in the Living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.” Dwight L. Moody suggest the following: Trust self and be doomed to disappointment. Trust friends and they will leave you. Trust money and you will have it taken away. Trust reputation and some slanderous tongue will blast it. Trust God and you will never be confounded in time or eternity.
There is just a bit more I wish to communicate so I will pause here and pick this up next time as we consider my final words on the matter and activity of TRUST. God bless you richly as you embark on today’s wonderful journey into the realm of the unknown in life.