Although the Verse of the Day has already been posted, a particular word came to mind as I progressed further into the day. Today, November 17, 2016 is a “doubly lovely day,” so I am also posting “The Word for the Day,” which is “Trust.”
Throughout the Psalms and other places in the Old Testament we find numerous scriptures using “trust” as an active verb as well as a noun.
One verse of special significance is Isaiah 26:3, rendered this way in the Amplified Bible:
You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.
E.W. Bullinger points out that the figure of speech “epizeuxis” is used in Isaiah 26:3. The phrase “perfect peace” indicates this figure of repetition where the word for peace is repeated in the Hebrew text, literally “peace, peace.” God provides a “double dose of peace” to those who trust in Him.
The verse from Isaiah caused me to recognize that I must put my trust in God and His Word alone. I am continuing to learn where to place my trust. Psalm 118:8-9, which some believe to be located in the center of the Bible, express this truth:
8 It is better to trust and take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in man.
9 It is better to trust and take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in princes. (Amplified Bible)
As we walk by faith and learn to trust God more than ever before, we recall two acronyms to remind us of the meaning of T-R-U-S-T:
We proclaim that we will maintain a
“Triumphant attitude” with
“Rugged determination” and
“Unswerving commitment,” as we further develop
“Strengthened believing” and
As we go about our living our lives of service to God, our Father, we are also learning all about T-R-U-S-T:
Taking Risks Under Stressful Times.
Even as David encouraged himself in the Lord in Psalm 56 and throughout the Psalms, so we too encourage ourselves, as we trust God with all our heart and do not lean to our own understanding, but acknowledge Him in all our ways, knowing that He will direct our paths.
As believers, we learn to trust in the Lord, as we learn that trust and faith are inextricably linked together. Each day we must follow this exhortation and walk
Look at the proud; his soul is not straight or right within him,
but the [rigidly] just and the [uncompromisingly] righteous man shall
live by his faith and in his faithfulness.
Habakkuk 2:4 [Amplified Bible]
The practical aspect of faith is a walk, a lifestyle:
Moment by moment, we walk by faith, not by what we see,
Knowing that this kind of faith propels us to victory.
Even though some may misunderstand and seek to revile,
The shield of faith counters fiery darts of the enemy’s thrust.
We trust God, despite all the hinderer might do or say.
Being fully persuaded, we learn to trust and obey.
We persist and obey: signs of our perpetual trust,
For faith directly reflects our relationship with the Lord.
Walking from victory to victory will not seem odd,
For whatever we desire according to the Word,
We shall have when we pray and put our trust in the Lord.
For true faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God.
God, our Father, through Christ encourages us to give:
Obey, persist and sacrifice—the just by faith shall live.
We close this entry with a song of great encouragement by Babbie Mason: “Trust His Heart”: