Trust is hard to come by in our world of deceptive reporting and fake news. But there is One we can trust in. Psalm 20:7 says, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” NIV
In this Psalm 91:2 verse, David uses God’s Hebrew name, ‘Elohiym’ (El–oh-heem).
“I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; my GOD, in Him I will trust.’” Psalm 91:2c
Elohiym is a very interesting name. It clearly denotes GOD but also denotes the plural of GOD or gods. Throughout scripture when you see the word God, if you go to Strong’s you will find different Hebrew names attached. Each name expresses unique aspects of who God is. You understand more about the reference because that name is chosen.
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.”
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). This is a picture of the Trinity working together.
The Shema— a declaration spoken as a prayer by religious Jews found in Deuteronomy 6:4— uses this same form of the name ‘God.’
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our GOD-Elohim is one LORD.”
Strong’s #430 is the plural of #433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God
#433 comes from #410- which is strength, mighty, especially the Almighty. It comes from #352–strength, mighty man. And #352 comes from #193 which at last is the primitive root
#193 looks like this: And it means to twist (as being rolled together), powerful, mighty, strength.
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 – 5 is the number of Torah, Behold, Give Attention – (at the end of a word: comes from letter before)
Yod 10 = The outcome or 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
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(Aleph), the Teacher, Instructor(Lamed), and Revelator(Hey). In His right hand is Power(Yod) and Hidden Truth(Closed Mem) for every area of our lives.
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.
Relationship also includes ministering to Him, rather than always going to Him to receive for ourselves. 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 word TRUST:
Trust is Strong’s #982 which is a primitive root. It looks like this: which means confident, sure, have hope, secure, without fear.
To TRUST Elohim then, is to make the Choice(Tet) to set up permanent residence in Him within His house (Bet) His Fence of Truth (Chet) , knowing He will be faithful to His word.
In March 2014, I’d been experiencing more silence than usual. The warfare was been intense and conversation from the Lord, less than normal. 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 weaknesses, 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. Discipline may seem harsh at 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.”
Psalm 91:2 in Summary
What we SAY, releases God’s strength and power. In humility we are declaring our hidden relationship with Him. It transforms the circumstances of our testing, based on what we declare. What we say, reveals who or what we believe to be the Most Important and worthy of our obedience.
To say He is LORD, says the Right hand of God’s power is at work completing something in us. He is giving us Revelation and He wants us to pay attention. The Revelation is coming through Yeshua who connects us from earth to heaven. God is revealing His power through and He wants us to realize that it is Yeshua’s Work, His Deed Done, that secured us to heaven. The ultimate Covenant maker and keeper is Yeshua Himself.
When we say the LORD is our REFUGE, we are saying He is our protector who separates us from the enemy. He holds us in His heart, gives us the support we need, and we receive revelation so we can see clearly.
When we say the LORD is our FORTRESS, we are saying, He is our Righteousness. It is Yeshua who went to the cross to connect us with heaven. He is the Door that gave us entrance. He became the impoverished man, by taking on our sin, so that we could become rich and inheritors of His kingdom.
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 Elohim then, is to make the Choice to set up permanent residence in Him within His house, 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.