Holy Spirit led me to Psalm 37 this week and uncovered some astonishing treasures. Here are the first three verses:
1 Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. 2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, And wither as the green herb.
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
While these verses are ones of encouragement, verse three was where He wanted me to park.
Let’s start with the word Trust here. The Strong’s definition of this word is to hide for refuge; figuratively, to trust, be confident or sure:—be bold (confident, secure, sure), careless (one, woman), put confidence, (make to) hope, (put, make to) trust.
The first time we see this particular word for trust is in 2 Kings 18:20-24, 30.
19 Then the Rabshakeh (the wicked king of Assyria) said to them, “Say now to Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria: “What confidence is this in which you trust? 20 You speak of having plans and power for war; but they are mere words. And in whom do you trust, that you rebel against me? 21 Now look! You are trusting in the staff of this broken reed, Egypt, on which if a man leans, it will go into his hand and pierce it. So is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust in him. 22 But if you say to me, ‘We trust in the Lord our God,’ is it not He whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah has taken away, and said to Judah and Jerusalem, ‘You shall worship before this altar in Jerusalem’?” ’ 23 Now therefore, I urge you, give a pledge to my master the king of Assyria, and I will give you two thousand horses—if you are able on your part to put riders on them! 24 How then will you repel one captain of the least of my master’s servants, and put your trust in Egypt for chariots and horsemen?
Trust is #982 in Strong’s Concordance. It is a primary root, and in Hebrew it looks like this: בָּטַח Reading right to left the letters are Bet, Tet, and Chet. Let’s see what they mean.
Bet/Vet 2 = Divide or Division Means: House/Family; God’s word, God’s dwelling place (Temple) Son of God, physical tent or body.
Tet 9 = Judgment. Means: Choice, Basket, Snake, Surround or Twist, entwine, ensnare, entrap, spin, roll together
Chet 8 = New Beginnings. Means: Fence, Gate, Tent wall to Separate, Protect, Cut off. Torah, place of refuge, quiet place, to be silent, still in security, sanctuary, inner room.
When we put the meaning of these letters together to hear what God is saying when He asks us to Trust, we have:
Make a choice to believe that you are entwined with the Son of God. He is your home, your dwelling place. It is a place of separation from the enemy. It is a place of protection and security.
Now, let’s look at the second part of this verse. When I went to Strong’s Concordance to look for feed on His faithfulness in Psalm 37:3, it wasn’t there. Since Strong’s uses the King James Version as its base, I opened my KJ Bible and found the verse is written like this.
Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land and thou shalt be fed. KJV
Do you see the difference between these two translations? The entire perspective changes.
Are you ready to be blessed?
The word Fed in this verse is Strong’s Concordance #7462. It is a primary root.
And Strong’s definition for Fed is to tend a flock; i.e. pasture it; to graze (literally or figuratively); generally to rule; by extension, to associate with (as a friend):companion, keep company with, devour, eat up, evil entreat, feed, use as a friend, make friendship with, herdman, keep (sheep) (-er), pastor, shearing house, shepherd, wander, waste.
In Hebrew Fed looks like this: רָעָה
Reading right to left, the letters are Resh, Ayin, Hey. Let’s see what they mean.
Resh 200 = Insufficiency, Poverty. Picture: Head Means: Head, Chief, Beginning, Highest, Most Important, a Person, Human Reasoning vs. Obedience. (When we allow human reasoning to be our master, our head, poverty of the Spirit results.)
Ayin 70= Completion of time. Means: Eye, to See, Understand, Experience, or to be Seen, Window of the soul-good or bad (made of a Zayin and Yod—Word and Spirit)
Hey 5 = Grace. Means: Revelation – 5 is the number of Torah, Behold, Give Attention, unfold or look upon – (if it comes at the end of a word: the meaning is based on the letter before)
Note: The word friendship in Hebrew is רֵעוּת The primary root for friendship from Biblical Hebrew is רֵעַ — and these two letters are the first two letters in the word Fed.
When we put the meaning of these letters together with the definitions, we can see what God is saying when He says we will be Fed when we trust.
The most important treasure about trusting is this you enter companionship with God. It is true that He never leaves us or forsakes us, but true friendship and companionship happen when we trust. We are overcoming our human reasoning and choosing to follow Him. We will begin to see and understand by the word and the Spirit and receive revelation not available out of this relationship.
Intimacy and companionship with the LORD happen in Trust. He feeds us with Himself.
If we feel alone, not receiving the answers we need, or are dealing with fear and anxiety, we may need to check our level of trust. Going back to the passage from 2 Kings, the king full of pride asks this question: 19“What confidence is this in which you trust? 20 You speak of having plans and power for war; but they are mere words. And in whom do you trust, that you rebel against me?
Our world today is full of fake news, tottering governments, and exposure of sin in every organization both secular and religious. We MUST put our trust in God and His word alone. When we do, we have intimate companionship with the One with ALL the answers and ALL the power to make the changes needed for righteousness to rule.
Let’s spend time with Him today. Let’s spend time in His word and let His word do the changing in us. We can be part of the solution for our world instead of being part of the problem. He’s given us everything we need. And with the revelation gained in fellowship with Him, we have the armies of heaven at our disposal to be about our Father’s business and see His will manifest.
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