Put Your Trust in the LORD

The word "trust" is used nearly 180 times in the NKJV of the Bible. It's a very important word, to say the least. When referring to God, the term often conveys the notion of confidence, reliance, or hope. Consider these verses, for example:

  • Psalm 4:5 - "Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord."
  • Psalm 13:5 - "But I have trusted in Your mercy; my heart shall rejoice in Your salvation."
  • Psalm 25:2 - "O my God, I trust in You; let me not be ashamed; let not my enemies triumph over me."
  • Psalm 31:6 - "I have hated those who regard useless idols; but I trust in the Lord."
  • Psalm 37:3 - "Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness."
  • Psalm 40:4 - " Blessed is that man who makes the Lord his trust, and does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies."
  • Psalm 44:6 - "For I will not trust in my bow, nor shall my sword save me."
  • Psalm 56:11 - "In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"
  • Psalm 62:8 - "Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah."
  • Psalm 84:12 - "O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man who trusts in You!"
  • Proverbs 3:5 - "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding."
  • Proverbs 28:25 - "He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife, but he who trusts in the Lord will be prospered."
  • Isaiah 26:4 - "Trust in the Lord forever, for in Yah, the Lord, is everlasting strength."
  • Luke 18:9 - "Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others."
  • I Timothy 6:17 - "Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy."
  • This brief sampling of passages is powerful and encouraging! Studying these verses in context is a worthwhile exercise indeed, although space will not allow it here. In the ultimate sense, trusting in God is a requirement for us all, and only God is trustworthy. We must place our confidence in the One who knows all things, can do all things, and loves us more than we understand. Mortal men and women will let us down at times, but not so with the LORD! When He makes a promise, He keeps it, although the timing of such might not be what we expect (cf. Titus 1:2; Heb. 6:18; II Pet. 3:8,9). God is faithful even when we are not, and that is why He is to be trusted fully (cf. II Tim. 2:13).

    Friend, examine yourself and the direction of your life (cf. II Cor. 13:5). Do your words, thoughts, and deeds demonstrate that you rely upon God and have placed your confidence and hope in Him and in His inspired word? Or, are you trusting in your strength, goodness, intellect, or riches to save you?