Trust. In our world of deceptive reporting and Snope’s searching, with Ashley Madison calling millions adulterous males out of the closet, trust is getting a real beating. We can trust in our own abilities, our wealth, our reputation, our best friend or employer. When I was growing up, I trusted my parents to tell me the truth, but even that was iffy at times.
My gregarious, charismatic, amazing dad, was also one who wanted to please others. He would promise us, “Right after supper, we’ll all pile in the car and go for a ride and get ice cream.” However, if he got a phone call from a friend to do something else, those promises fell by the wayside as he jumped to meet their needs and often tell them, “I didn’t have anything else planned.”
We learned that we couldn’t always trust what Daddy said. Of course I’ve forgiven him a thousand times over, because … well, I’ve done the same thing. Isn’t that what Paul said, “Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.” Romans 2:1
None of us gets everything right all of the time. Psalm 20:7 says, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” NIV
Only God is worthy of our trust, as David discovered. Every time we see His name, ‘God,’ there is a special attribute being highlighted behind the print on the page.
In this verse, David uses God’s Hebrew name, ‘Elohiym’ (El –oh-heem).
• plural of OT:433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God
• especially the Almighty
• mighty (man)
<193> primitive root
• to twist (as being rolled together)
Elohiym is a very interesting name. It clearly denotes GOD but also denotes the plural of GOD.
Genesis 1:1-3 is full of the name Elohiym. It says,
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
And the earth was without form, and void;
and darkness was upon the face of the deep.
And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”
The creation story continues using this form of the name God.
As a child I believed that is was God the Father that spoke and did all the creating. Yet in Colossians 1:15-18 it speaks of Jesus as being our Creator:
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.”
It is also a fairly well established fact that when the spirit leaves the body, the body is dead. So we know that the Spirit of God who gives life to our spirit also played a part in our creation.
Genesis 2:7 says: “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
Let’s look at the definition in Hebrew
430 A masculine plural noun meaning God, gods, judges, angels. Occurring more than 2,600 times in the Old Testament, this word commonly designates the one true God (Gen 1:1) and is often paired with God’s unique name yehovah (3068) (Gen 2:4; Ps 100:3). When the word is used as the generic designation of God, it conveys in Scripture that God is the Creator (Gen 5:1); the King (Ps 47:7[:8 ]); the Judge (Ps 50:6); the Lord (Ps 86:12); and the Savior (Hos 13:4). His character is compassionate (Deut 4:31); gracious (Ps 116:5); and faithful to His covenant (Deut 7:9).
He is the powerful God whose greatness and glory surpass anything we can imagine. This is the God who invites us to fellowship with Him in the Holy of Holies! This hidden life of worship and communion makes possible the public life of obedience and service.
The Hebrew letters make this even clearer:
= Aleph 1= God – Echad – Unity, Unique (no other like it) Means: Ox head— Strength or Leader, Most Important, First – The Strength and Power of the leader
= Lamed 30 = Blood of Messiah, Dedication to a task. Means: Staff, Goad or Stick, to Teach or Instruct, Authority, to Control, Urge Forward, a Tongue
= Hey 5 = Grace. Means: Revelation, Behold, Give Attention – (at the end of a word: comes from letter before)
= Yod 10 = The outcome, the completion of something. Means: Hand, Right Arm, Power – Right hand of God’s power, a Deed Done, to Work, to Cover, Allow, Hollow, Open Hand, also refers to the Holy Spirit as it always hangs in the air overseeing
= A closed Mem 600 = Means: – Hidden Truth (closed mems are always the last letter in a word)
When we say ELOHIM is our God, we are saying we believe He is the Supreme God of all, the Teacher, Instructor, and Revelator. In His right hand is Power and Hidden Truth for every area of our lives.
The Shema— a declaration spoken as prayer by religious Jews found in Deuteronomy 6:4— uses this same form of the name ‘God.’
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD.”
In other words it says, Listen with the intent to obey, O Israel: The LORD, the Self Existent Eternal God, our Elohiym—Supreme God (s) over all, twisted together in Strength and Power, is ONE LORD.
David’s declaration of who God is actually helps him to settle down, dwell, and abide in the secret place. The more we have a revelation of who God is, the more we will be impacted to declare and reap the benefits later stated in this psalm. All of this comes from relationship, not religious practice. It means spending time with Him, just to be with Him, meditating on His written word, listening for His Rhema (spoken) word, and meditating on that as well.
Relationship also includes ministering to Him, rather than always going to Him to receive for ourselves. All of these things and more build relationship and trust, and bring greater and greater revelation of Who our God is. The more we know Him, the greater our trust will be, and the greater the peace and freedom we will experience.
Okay—on to the issue of trust:
• have hope
<982> A verb indicating to trust, to be confident. It expresses the feeling of safety and security that is felt when one can rely on someone or something else. It is used to show trust in God (2 Kings 18:5; Ps 4:5[:6 ]; Jer 49:11); in other people (Judg 9:26; 20:36; Isa 36:5,6,9); or in things (Ps 44:6[:7 ]; Jer 7:4; Hab 2:18). In addition, this expression can also relate to the state of being confident, secure, without fear (Judg 18:7,10,27; Job 11:18; Prov 28:1).
= Bet 2 = Divide or Division Means: House/Family; God’s word, God’s dwelling place
= Tet 9 = Judgment. Means: Choice, Basket, Snake, Surround or Twist
= Chet 8 = New Beginnings. Means: Fence, Gate, or Tent wall – Separate, Protect, Cut Off
To TRUST then, is to make the Choice to set up permanent residence in Him within His Fence of Truth, knowing He will be faithful to His word.
March 2014 — Maneuvers
Lately I and others I know, have been experiencing more silence than usual. The warfare has been intense but conversation from the Lord, less than normal. Last week I asked the Lord, “What have I done to warrant Your silence? Am I in ‘time out’?”
“No, you are in ‘time in.’ This is a practicum, a time for putting what you’ve learned into practice, evaluating strengths and weakness, going back to the instruction book and review.
The test is yet ahead. This is preparation for the test. You must face the test in confidence, where you will ‘know that you know’ and nothing or anyone can dissuade you.
In the army, they call these maneuvers. Teamwork forms in maneuvers. Trust comes into place. Orders and response times are fine-tuned. Operations are ingrained.
Every army, in order to be successful, must know how to follow orders and work as a unit with each other and its commander. Only a commander who wants victory and cares for his troops will be stringent with maneuvers. Discipline may seem harsh in the moment, but ultimately will save your life and others.
Waiting is part of the training. You must not move until I move, nor speak until I say speak.”
Deuteronomy 5:32-33 “Therefore you shall be careful to do as the Lord your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. 33 You shall walk in all the ways which the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess.”
John 12:49-50 “For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. 50 And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.”
In Summary: When we say ELOHIM is our God, we are saying we believe He is the Supreme God of all, the Teacher, Instructor, and Revelator. In His right hand is Power and Hidden Truth for every area of our lives.
To TRUST in Him is to make the Choice to set up permanent residence in Him within His Fence of Truth, knowing He will be faithful to His word.
Who do you trust? Pause and carefully consider before you answer, your very life may depend on it.