Confidence in God NOT Man
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Psalm 9:10 (KJV)
10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
It is said Man, whilst ignorant of God, is always leaning on an arm of flesh. See God’s ancient people, how continually were even they, notwithstanding all their advantages, trusting in the creature, rather than in God. To Egypt or Assyria they looked, in their troubles, rather than to their heavenly protector. Indeed, there was not anything on which they would not rely, rather than on God (Isaiah 22:8-11). But, when they were made sensible of their folly, and had discovered the real character of God, they instantly renounced all these false confidences, saying, “Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses; neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, Ye are our gods: for in Thee the fatherless findeth mercy. (Hosea 14:3).
In the tenth verse, the Psalmist teaches us, that when the Lord delivers the righteous, the fruit which results from it is, that they themselves, and all the rest of the righteous, acquire increasing confidence in His grace; for, unless we are fully persuaded that God exercises a care about men and human affairs, we must necessarily be troubled with constant disquietude. But as most men shut their eyes that they may not see the judgments of God, David restricts this advantage to the faithful alone, and, certainly, where there is no godliness, there is no sense of the works of God. It is also to be observed, that he attributes to the faithful the knowledge of God; because from this religion proceeds, whereas it is extinguished through the ignorance and stupidity of men. Many take the name of God simply for God himself; but, as I have observed in a remark on a preceding psalm, I think something more is expressed by this term. As God’s essence is hidden and incomprehensible, His name just means His character, so far as He has been pleased to make it known to us. David next explains the ground of this trust in God to be, that He does not forsake those who seek Him. God is sought in two ways, either by invocation and prayers, or by studying to live a holy and an upright life; and, indeed, the one is always inseparably joined with the other. But as the Psalmist is here treating of the protection of God, on which the safety of the godly depends, to seek God, as I understand it, is to submit ourselves to Him for help and relief in danger and distress. It is all about trust!
Few words are more frequently used in the Bible than the word faith, and the thing which it is intended to describe is of prime importance. The author of the Epistle to the Hebrews devotes an entire chapter to showing its majesty and weight. In the Epistle to the Romans the word faith plays a leading part, but the word is not defined. Still, the word is not always used in the same sense. Sometimes it is applied to what a man believes, the body of doctrine which constitutes the Divine deposit of the Church. Sometimes the word is used to describe the firmness of a man’s personal convictions, or the consistency of his conduct, as when it is said that whatever is not of faith is sin. In the great majority of instances, however, faith describes a personal relation of unqualified confidence between man and God. This is the simple root from which the other forms of faith grow. Faith is trust, a trust without suspicion or fear, trust passing into glad and habitual surrender, so that He in whom we trust becomes our teacher, guide, and master.
The idea of this psalm is that is, all who have any just views of God, or who understand his real character, will confide in him. This is as much as to say, that He has a character which is worthy of confidence and since they who know Him best most unreservedly rely on Him. It is the same as saying that all the revelations of His character in His word and works are such as to make it proper to confide in Him. The more intimate our knowledge of God, the more entirely shall we trust in Him; the more we learn of His real character, the more shall we see that He is worthy of universal love. It is much to say of anyone that the more He is known the more He will be loved; and in saying this of God, it is but saying that one reason why men do not confide in Him is that they do not understand His real character. As Micah pointed out, our God is a God of mercy, justice and humility. He is also a Peacemaker and those that follow Him must demonstrate those qualities as well.
Have a great and godly day!