“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord. ”

I find it interesting here that Jeremiah writes this verse, immediately after penning the contrasting verse:

“Thus says the Lord:
“Cursed is the man who trusts in man
and makes flesh his strength,
whose heart turns away from the Lord. ”

We take from this a few lessons:

  1. You cannot trust in man and also trust in the Lord. Trusting in man will turn your heart away from the Lord.
  2.  If you trust in man you are cursed. These are very strong words, but spoken only because they are true.  Trusting in man will lead right down the pathway to destruction.
  3. If you trust in the Lord you are blessed. This is the opposite of being cursed and it means to be happy/fulfilled.  Since men seek fulfillment and joy in life, trusting in the Lord is the only way to get what they are seeking [though mankind seems to have a high tolerance for the pain of seeking joy in any other way but the Lord].

I take from this that it is good and right to seek our joy and fulfillment in the only way that true joy and fulfillment can come: through a relationship with our Lord.  Seeking to flourish in life in any other way is a fool’s errand and will lead to destruction.