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Blessed is the man that Maketh the Lord his Trust

Posted in Health, Psychology, Religion, society by farmerjaneusa on April 20, 2011

Psalms 40:4

Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

A simple statement from King David, but even Biblical commentators do not ignore it.  The most profound truths can be found in a plain spoken sentence.

From John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible:

Blessed is the man that maketh the Lord his trust
For such are safe and secure in him, are possessed of all blessings of grace through him, have peace in their own souls now, and shall enjoy eternal happiness with him hereafter;

and respecteth not the proud;
such as the Pharisees, and all self-righteous persons, who trust in themselves and their own righteousness, submit not to the righteousness of Christ, and despise others; to these such who trust in Christ have no respect; they neither esteem them, nor imitate them;

nor such as turn aside to lies;
to idols, the lying vanities of the Gentiles; or to any doctrines injurious to the person, office, blood, righteousness, sacrifice, and grace of Christ; which are no other than lies, and which those who believe in Christ have no respect to, but abhor both them and the abettors of them.

In a world of hyperboles, it is important to remember to remain plain spoken, even if you think others ignore your quiet words.  Vague and flashy people-pleasing statements are soon forgotten, or foster anger.

The simplest statements stand the test of time and have a chance as being seen as the most profound.  With reflection by the listener, they do not need iteration or long winded explanations.  They do not break up on the shore, but continue their journey down the stream, self-sufficient, strong and flexible.


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