Charles Bridges, that great Puritan, said of this text that it's the polar star of every Christian life. You and I can't live the Christian life without knowing the principle contained in these two verses. God has so designed them that as we seek to trust him so, he becomes everything that God is to a man. We walk not by sight but by faith. And, indeed, the Bible says, "But without faith it is impossible to please him, for he who comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him" (Heb. 11:6).
Without faith it's impossible to live a G life. Indeed, Paul reminds us that whatsoever is not of faith is sin. And the Christian life is an act of faith from the very beginning and an activity of faith, an attitude of faith, right through to the very end.
Simply trusting every day,
Trusting through a stormy way,
Even when my faith is small,
Trusting Jesus, that is all.
Trusting as the moments fly,
Trusting as the days go by.
Trusting him what e'er befall,
Trust Jesus, that is all.
The trusting heart makes a decision
What does our text teach us about the trusting heart? Once again I'm going to ask you to come to the text itself, because always my procedure is the exegesis of the text, to let the text say what it says in relation to our every need here tonight.
Faith expresses itself, first of all, in the decision of a trusting heart. "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart." Will you notice that this is a command. This is not an invitation. This is not even a promise at this point of this opening sentence. It is a definite command. "Trust in the Lord."
In Hebrew psychology that little word heart has to do not so much with the emotions, though they are included, but primarily with the intellect and ...
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