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
Trust, like the word "stay" we discussed earlier in the series, is often used as a verb rather than a noun, as in "I trust in the Lord." But with Psalm 40:4, "trust" is most definitely a noun—specifically a noun referring to the Lord. But notice the difference here from all the other terms we've discussed thus far. Every other term has been phrased "The Lord is. . ." or "You are. . ." They tell us that God is this and that no matter what. He is our hiding place, refuge, shelter, salvation, and so on. But here, the wording is different. David doesn't say God
is our trust
but rather that
we can make God our trust
The psalmist is telling us that God is able and willing to be our trust, but ultimately, it's up to us whether we're prepared to accept Him as such. According to the online dictionary, a trust, regarding a person, is one in whom confidence is placed. Not one who is confident, but one in whom we place our confidence. In other words, we have to trust God to be our trust, and that's often easier said than done.
In this world, it's easy to place our confidence in other things like money, jobs, families, health and the like, but the truth is we can't count on these things. They are temporal. They are fickle. They are fleeting, ever-changing and unreliable. But God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He has always been faithful and always will be. He sees the beginning and the end, and we can place our todays and tomorrows in His capable hands and breathe easy knowing He is in control.
Go back to our verse again and notice the first word:
. In the Bible, the word "blessed" means "happy." Do you want to be happy? Do you long to smile through your tears and to find joy no matter the circumstances? Would you like to wake up every morning with a spring in your step rather than a knot in your stomach? If so, the recipe for happiness is right here: make God your trust. Place your confidence in Him. Let go. Stop trying to micromanage every facet of your life, and leave it in God's hands. He can be trusted with every problem, every decision and every heartache. So, give it all over to Him.
Oh, and just in case you weren't aware, this isn't a one-time thing. It is possible for God to be your trust today but not tomorrow. It's completely up to you. Having God as our trust means making the
decision to put our faith in Him no matter what we face or how bad things may look. The decision is ours, and as the Bible attests, our happiness depends on it.