Nwsltr-103110-The Trust Factor
“There is a Mist of darkness over the land in these last days, now where will you stand? As the storm assails, you have to trust. Trusting that you will be sheltered and kept in the Lord during the storm of these last days!”
Trust background: Read David’s words in 2 Samuel 22:1-51
By the Watchman
Dana G Smith
Keywords: LORD, God, trust, protection people, David, promise, Jesus, Christ, Yeshua, faith, sons of God
2 Samuel 22:1 ¶And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:
in him will I trust: 2620 [chacah /khaw·saw/]
v.1 (Qal) to seek refuge, flee for protection. 1a to put trust in (God), confide or hope in (God)
When speaking of the trust factor, we could cover many things. But for me, I want to point to King David, among others. Here in 2 Samuel, chapter 22 we find a section that covers what I call the testimony of King David. In verse one we find that the words which followed were part of a song the King composed and sang when the LORD delivered David out of the hand of all his enemies and out of the hand of Saul. Whenever we feel compressed about by enemies, look to David. He ran, hid, fought, sought God, sang, composed, was a shepherd, a King, and also committed sin with Bathsheba. Yet he was a man after Gods own heart. David, in all that he was, found in the end of it all, the LORD was his rock, fortress, and deliverer. David found out, that in true repentance, there is found forgiveness in the Lord. You never know how much something may mean to you until it is gone. David saw his life threatened, and severe consequences for his sin with Bathsheba. Yet, David also knew repentance, worship, and did seek the LORD.
In verse 3 of this section are the words, “in him will I trust”. When speaking of trust, look at this word here, “trust”. But we cannot take it alone. For it takes the words in, him, will, I, trust, all english translations of one hebrew word. Thats right, the phrase “in him will I trust” is just one Hebrew word, strongs 2620, chacah, pronounced khaw-saw. This word means “to seek refuge”, to “flee for protection”, to put your trust in God. When the enemy, the devourer, that is, those who would want to see you destroyed attack, you are to seek refuge in and protection from, your God. As you do this, you literally ‘trust’ God to keep you hidden, protected, and thus this becomes your “confidence” and the “reason you hope” in your God.
2 Samuel 22:2 ¶And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.
4 I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
5 When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid;
6 The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me;
7 In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.
Make no mistake about it when a person is in this trust mode, you will see your enemies. They may even pursue you. In this you even might find them mocking, pointing fingers, and maybe even trying to kill you just as Saul tried to kill David. David was delivered in it all. Now, I know today many believers around the world face persecution. Many also are martyred, but yet, not all are killed or martyred. There are numbers of Christians who face enemies of varied sorts every day. David’ words should speak to us loud and clear. David said “when the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid, the sorrows of hell compassed me about, the snares of death prevented me.” Here is the one who would reign strong in Israel, one in whom the promises to the Line of David were given too. Yet he is afraid, because of all the ungodly men who surrounded him. They meant to kill David. In this, it looked like pure hell came knocking. As hell visits you can be sure the dark one or one his minions came by also to point a finger and say “I’m going to kill you David.” I can also see this evil one mocking David saying “where is your God now, it doesn’t look like you will collect on all those promises God made to you.” But to this, David said, “in my distress”, you can believe what this says, it means. Man, it was distressful. Have you ever been distressed? I’m sure you have, in fact we all have been in similar circumstances, maybe without facing death, yet we were distressed. The enemy is mocking us, our flesh is weak, and all hell is breaking around us. We see destruction and death appear before us and lo they say “come on”. But when this happens, do what David did. He said, “in my distress I called upon the LORD”, and “cried to my God”, and “He did hear my voice out of his temple”. “My cry” David said, “did enter into his ears.” The word LORD, is Yahweh, the personal name of God. The name of the covenant keeping God, who is LORD, to those who walk in his ways, his covenant. Those who know his name, and call upon him. These are no fence sitters, or lukewarm believers here. They know their God and walk in his ways. David cried to God, oh yes, it is okay to cry unto the LORD. I mean not just talk or plead or pray, but to literally weep to the LORD in your affliction.
I know some teachers and preachers say this is wrong. But know this, the LORD knows your make up, that is, your framework. He who made all things also knows every aspect of your being. He knows that you are dust and to dust you will go when you die. Therefore, he also knows your human, flesh, weak at times, and yes, maybe you even need to cry to the LORD. Get it out, and then leave it at the throne of God. When you leave, pick up the phrase “in him I will trust”, chakah and leave the trouble there for God to take care of. Remember, part of “trusting” is to flee to the LORD for protection, to be found in him, he is your refuge. As you leave your prayer closet, you don’t leave God, he goes with you! His peace goes with you as well, it is deep inside your spirit, filling you with Gods peace.
It is here you can then say with David, “he delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me.” God knows there will those who are too strong for you. There are those who may be giants, or problems that appear as a giant. Far too big, too insurmountable to tackle on your own. For this, there is only one solution, “in him I will trust.” Flee to the LORD, find his protection, a refuge for deliverance and walk in his Word. For you will be found in him.
The LORD Delivered me from my strong enemy!
2 Samuel 22:18 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me.
19 They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.
20 He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me.
21 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.
22 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.
23 For all his judgments were before me: and as for his statutes, I did not depart from them.
24 I was also upright before him, and have kept myself from mine iniquity.
25 Therefore the LORD hath recompensed me according to my righteousness; according to my cleanness in his eye sight.
There are many times we all go through this in our lives. Even today, the troubles of many Americans are hitting them from all sides. But as David did, so must we say , “I will give thanks unto thee O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name. He is the tower of salvation for his King and sheweth mercy to his anointed, unto David, and to his seed for evermore.” In Jesus Christ, who is the “line of David” and who fulfilled all the promises made to David, so we too, find ourselves in David. We are David’ Seed, and even Abrahams seed, through Jesus Christ. You and I also live among heathen, unbelievers, and people of every sort. There are thousands of Gods and thousands of ideas on the hereafter. Yet for you and I, we don’t need to go any farther than the Word of God and his Son Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Joseph, the Son of God! We have been shown mercy by Gods grace, through faith. We believe, we have received him, and walk in him.
The LORD has shown mercy to his anointed, unto David, and to seed for evermore.
2 Samuel 22:50 Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.
51 He is the tower of salvation for his king: and sheweth mercy to his anointed, unto David, and to his seed for evermore
Matthew 1:1 ¶The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Matthew 9:27 ¶And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us.
This section is very important as well for in chapter 23, Samuel lists the words that follow as the “last words of David.” David “the son of Jesse”, and “the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel.” David was Israel’s king and in his position, he relates a testimony to all who will hear. The very last words of this man, gives glory to the God of Israel, the Rock of Israel. In this he says that his God said to him “he that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.” As a result of this “ruling in the fear of God”, he lists benefits coming from the LORD to him. He [meaning the King, David himself] would be as “the light of the morning when the sun rises, every morning without clouds, as the tender grass springing up out of the earth by clear shining after rain.” These benefits came to King David, not just because he believed in the LORD, but listened and obeyed. It was simple obedience to Gods command and thus brought blessing upon him when he obeyed.
The Last words of King David as recorded:
2 Samuel 23:1 ¶Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said,
2 The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.
3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.
4 And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.
5 Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although he make it not to grow.
6 But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands:
7 But the man that shall touch them must be fenced with iron and the staff of a spear; and they shall be utterly burned with fire in the same place.
To this metaphoric description we find life, health, abundance, nourishment, calm, peace, and the blessings of all things. This brings us to this promise, of literal nourishment, flowing directly from the Lord Himself to his anointed. David also goes on to say that “although my house be not so with God.” This is as we are, we look to our Father, in Jesus name, we seek him, but as of yet, we do not have our house with him. But in fact, he has his house with us, or in us. For we are the “temple” of God. David points specifically, on his deathbed, to a promise God made with him, remember? This promise David says “an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure, for this is all my salvation, and all my desire.”
1 Corinthians 3:16 ¶Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
This covenant promise fulfilled in Jesus Christ was to be fulfilled, brought to pass, and ordered by God. God made the promise, he brought it to pass. On this promise, David stood, even though, in his life, he did not see it totally fulfilled, nor could he. For the fulfillment would come decades later when Yeshua, the Son of David would appear. The one whom we call Jesus Christ.
Romans 1:3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:
6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:
This is the trust factor. The Lord has been making and fulfilling his promises to men since he created them. In this we can be sure that this Eternal God knows our framework, our hopes, our human frailties, and even our enemies. In all things he wants to be God to us, and us to be his Son or daughter to him. We must, in these last days make up our mind that God taking care of us is a promise and one that he not only says he will do, but will in fact do that very thing. He is faithful, he cannot deny himself, nor who he is. We are the seed of David, the seed of Abraham, and most importantly of all, we are the Sons of God, through Jesus Christ our LORD.
Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Romans 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
Galatians 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Philippians 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
Hebrews 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
1 John 3:1 ¶Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
The trust factor is seen here again. We are the Sons of God by Gods grace through faith. It is not of ourselves. It is of God. We are called the Sons of God now, right now! Although we are Sons of God, we are not yet manifested as such. For we call by faith, just as our God and Father does, “calling the things that are not yet, as though they are.” This is faith.
Isaiah 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
Isaiah 48:3 I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass.
We will be manifested and made plain to all the world, universe, and to heaven itself one day. On that day John says this, “beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. In this role, as his Sons and daughters, we are to walk by faith and be obedient to his word, keeping his commandments. In all this, there is the hope and promise of a God who declared all this from the very beginning of all things. That promise is to bring forth a people where they would be his people. Those people would see this God as he is. God himself will be with them, and be their God. All the former things will pass. Eternity will be welcomed in by the fulfilled promises of God who had called all things from the very beginning. These things ought to move us to follow the Trust factor, even our God and Father and Jesus Christ our LORD. For we are in him, by faith. He is our Hope and Salvation, even through the coming tough times, but then even today, things are tough. So lets “trust” the LORD now. Let this be our Hope, our Trust factor moving forward in the times in which we find ourselves.
1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
Revelation 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Prophetic End Time Marching Orders!
Revelation 6:9 ¶And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
Revelation 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Revelation 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Revelation 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.