Saturday, November 15, 2014

Fearless Trust

Psalm 112:6-8Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear.”

We were just talking last night about how our society is in need of proper definition of terms today for understanding life and true living. Many times it is not what we think it means, but what something truly means that matters. This is especially true in knowing the Lord and His holy Word, Will and Way. From the verse above, the word “righteous” is defined in the 1828 Webster’s Dictionary as “Just”; meaning: influenced by and accordant to the Divine law; living in exact conformity to God’s will and truth. Applied to persons, it denotes one who is holy in heart, and observant of the Divine commands in practice; as a righteous man. Applied to things, it denotes consonant to the Divine will or to justice; as a righteous act. It is used chiefly in theology, and applied to God, to His testimonies and to His saints (those sanctified Believers).

The word “Righteousness” is defined as purity of heart and rectitude of life; conformity of heart and life to the Divine law. Righteousness, as used in Scripture and theology, in which it is chiefly used, is nearly equivalent to holiness, comprehending holy principles and affections of heart, and conformity of life to the divine law. It includes all we call justice, honesty and virtue, with holy affections; in short, it is “true religion”. By defining the term, we see in the Bible verse we understand the spiritual element of mind will and emotion of the unshaken soul in confidence of the Lord that chases out fear.

Psalm 25:1 "In you, Lord my God, I put my trust."

The word “Trust” is defined in the 1828 Webster’s Dictionary as “Confidence”; a reliance or resting of the mind on the integrity, veracity, justice, friendship or other sound principle of another person. Not trusting ourselves or others, but our steadfast, faithful reliance in the person of Jesus Christ and resting on the blessed assurance of the Lord’s attributes and abilities active in our life with total confidence.

Psalm 28:7 "The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him."

The opening verse speaks of having no fear of bad news, where “fear’ is defined as a painful emotion or passion excited by an expectation of evil, or the apprehension of impending danger. Fear expresses less apprehension than dread, and dread less than terror and fright. The force of this passion, beginning with the most moderate degree, may be thus expressed, fear, dread, terror, fright. Fear is accompanied with a desire to avoid or ward off the expected evil. Fear is an (anxiety) uneasiness of mind, upon the thought of future evil likely to befall us. Trust in God brings peace of mind.

Psalm 33:21 "In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name."

Contrastingly in Scripture, in “good” men, the fear of God is a holy awe or reverence of God and His laws, which springs from a just view and real love of the Divine character, leading the subjects of it to hate and shun every thing that can offend such a holy being, and inclining them to aim at perfect obedience. This is filial fear – an affection as a child naturally bears to his parent, where the child of God never wants to let their heavenly Father down in any way, shape or form.

Psalm 56:4 "In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?"

In God in our confidence, and in that our hearts rejoice as we give praise in fearless trust. Our hearts are secure. In God we trust!

In Christ, Brian

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