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Summary: Trusting the Lord finds expression in joyful witness to His greatness in Salvation

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TRUSTING IN THE LORD

Psalm 40:1-17

Good News Christian Fellowship

BUCAS, Daraga Albay

October 15, 2006

INTRODUCTION

A. About last’s week message: Great is Thy Faithfulness; Choosing to Trust God.

B. About the word TRUST

1. The word TRUST appears more than one hundred times in the Old Testament

2. Less than thirty times in the New Testament.

C. Definition of TRUST.

1. “Firm belief or confidence in the honesty, integrity, reliability, justice, etc. of another person or things.

D. The Bible exhorts us to have trust.

Read Psalm 37:3; 118:8; Proverbs 3:5

I. TRUSTING IN THE LORD BRINGS DELIVERANCE (40:1-5)

A. Trust Expressed

Verse 1a, “I waited patiently for the Lord…”

Please take not the words “waited patiently.”

King David certainly knew what it meant to wait upon the Lord. You may recall that David was only 16 years old when he was anointed king. However, he did not take the throne until he was 30 years old. So, He had to wait almost 15 years.

When God deals with us in the Gospel, he teaches us to pray. We have to pray for our own soul and that is what David is doing. He is indicating the confident and persistent expectations with which he waited for divine intervention. That’s why you see in the Scriptures, David waiting patiently upon the Lord. He learned the hard way; running from King Saul, being chased, hiding in caves, and being persecute many ways.

In Psalm 27:14 we read, “Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes wait for the Lord.” Sometimes it takes a great deal of courage to wait and wait, as you start to think, “If I don’t take advantage of this opportunity now, I’m going to miss it.” Yet God says, “Let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord.”

Hebrew 10:36 reads, “That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” This indicates that patience is necessary to inherit the promises. We have to wait until god is disposed to hear us.

Also, notice Psalm 37:4-7: “Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desire of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light and your judgment as your noonday. Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him.”

The only way to wait patiently is to rest in Him, and that means you must trust Him to the point you are no longer anxious about anything. You can’t separate waiting upon the Lord and Trusting in the Lord; these two go hand in hand.

We have to wait patiently for God to:

a. “saved us out of horrible pit” – What is pit? It is like an old cistern common in the Bible times. A terrible imprisonment you can’t get out to. David said he was laid in the pit of the grave, and held under the power and with the cords of death.

This “Pit” is anything that causes a sense of helplessness and desperation and threatens to ruin life or take it away. King David is asking God to deliver his soul from destruction – that’s the king’s pit.

Note: In excavation at Gazar, Macalister found a number of skeletons in an ancient cistern, illustrating the fact that cisterns (pit) were used as a means of disposing of people in the Old Testament times.


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