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Let the dawning day bring me revelation
Of your tender, unfailing love.
Give me light for my path, and teach me, for I trust in you! (Psalms 143:8, Passion Translation)

In a world lit only by fire, which was the only world that David knew, the break of dawn was especially memorable.  Here David uses the dawning day as a metaphor for the hesed of God, the covenantal love that God brings for and for his people, which the Passion Translation calls your tender, unfailing love. Without any help from mankind, the sun returns day after day after day, and without any work from God’s people, God’s unfailing love is present everywhere that his people are present and at all times, in all seasons, for every occasion.

Daybreak brings light to a dark world, and so David uses the same metaphor to ask God to light up his steps, to direct his paths, to guide his ways, because David is all in with God; he trusts in God and in God alone.

If we are to follow in the footsteps of David, the coming of the morning should stir up our hearts to think anew about God’s faithful, ever-present love for his people, and the rising sun should call us to fresh, new trust for that day.


Give us a Father’s help when we face our enemies.
For to trust in any man is an empty hope. (Psalms 60:11, Passion Translation)

This verse is Hebrew poetry in which the second line is a contrast to the first.  David begins with the good: Give us a Father’s help. David is dependent upon the Lord as he faced the Syrians with the outcome still uncertain.  He demonstrates trust by calling out for help to God his Father, he turns to the correct place when he turns to God, which brings us to the second line, a line of contrast.

For to trust in any man is an empty hope. A vivid, strong line delineating the difference between trust that is well-placed, and trust that is an empty hope. David understands that God is sovereign over the battle, so he puts his trust in God and not in man because God is powerful, man is weak, God is trustworthy, man is not.

Here’s the thing, when David writes to trust in any man is an empty hope, he also means ourselves.  This is the modern heresy.  We think we can trust in ourselves and that is as vain a hope as to trust in any other person.  We are not God, we are not omniscient, when we speak the wind and waves do not cease their raging, we cannot make the stars and moon obey us, we are not in charge of Divine Providence; God however is, and therein lies our hope.

What use to Me is frankincense from Sheba or sweet cane from a distant land? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable; your sacrifices do not please Me.” (Jeremiah 6:20, HCSB)

The people of Judah at the time of Jeremiah come in for severe condemnation from God through Jeremiah.  They still have the forms of religion, they are offering sacrifices and burnt offerings, but their hearts are divided between Yahweh and other gods.  They even buy expensive frankincense and sweet calamus [a plant with scented leaves] to offer up, but God has no place for outward devotion without inward commitment.  Devotion to Yahweh is demonstrated in trust and obedience, not in burnt offerings and sacrifices, be they ever so expensive.

The South Asia Commentary writes here:

Our churches in South Asia can learn a great deal from this passage. We may be very careful to execute all rites and rituals perfectly so as to pre-empt obstacles. But ironically, these empty rituals bring on obstacles! What matters more to God is that we are obedient to his word. If that is not of paramount importance in our lives, then we are on the same godless path as the people of Judah.


Behold, all you who kindle a fire, who equip yourselves with burning torches! Walk by the light of your fire, and by the torches that you have kindled! This you have from my hand: you shall lie down in torment.” (Isaiah 50:11, ESV)

The Lord [through the pen of Isaiah] lays out two options at the end of Isaiah 50 for us to walk by.  We can trust in the name of the Lord (vs. 10) or we can do what our verse says and light our own lamp and walk by our own light.  The sure outcome if we light our own way is that we will lie down in torment. We will get exactly what we deserve.

We know from Proverbs that God calls us to move forward by trusting in him even when it doesn’t make sense to us:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5–6, ESV)

Trusting in the Lord leads to the comfort of straight paths, walking by our own light leads only to sorrow. You would think that this would be an easy decision for us, by our inclination is to lean to our own understanding and not trust in the Lord.


“Yahweh our God spake unto us in Horeb、 saying,—
Long enough have ye dwelt in this mountain:”;emphbbl

“Long enough.”  With these words Yahweh ended the wandering of the Israelites in the desert.  The generation of the Exodus had failed God, refusing to obey him and enter into the land of promise, and in the process becoming a byword for unfaithfulness in the rest of the Scriptures.  They had been in the wilderness for forty years, long enough for all of the generation of the Exodus–the generation of unfaithfulness–to pass away.  God had provided for his people in their wandering–a demonstration of his mercy–and now they had wandered long enough and so God moves them towards the Promised Land.

It’s difficult to imagine what the people must have been thinking.  They had all been born in the desert and knew no other life than that of the desert.  Yes, they had heard of the stories of Yahweh’s delieverance of his people from Egypt; they saw the miracle of manna every day, but they had never experienced God’s deliverance, never drawn up in battle standing with the Lord and his hosts.

“Long enough.”  With these words the Israelites would experience a whole new revelation of Yahweh, and unlike the generation that preceded them, they would not fail him. They would enter the land of promise, and take the land, just as God had promised them.

The message in the generation of the Entrance [shall we call it that?] is one of trust.  God told them to enter into the Promised Land and take it and that he would be with them and deliver them.  They trusted his word; they obeyed; they took the land.

We have a choice each and every day if we will trust the Lord on this day.  Yesterday’s trust was only good for yesterday, and tomorrow’s trust won’t come up until tomorrow, but today, this day, we face a choice:  will we trust God on this day?

“Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.”;esv

The word that we translate “trust” here does have a meaning quite similar to our English word, trust.  The Complete Word Study Bible defines this word as: “A verb indicating to trust, to be confident. It expresses the feeling of safety and security that is felt when one can rely on someone or something else.”  Trust is relying on someone else and I like to think of it that way because whether we know it or not, believe it or not, accept it or not, we will eventually understand that we cannot trust in ourselves, it just doesn’t work.

You can be the strongest man in the world, but the day will come [if you happen to live long enough] when your strength will fail you and what you trusted in will prove to have betrayed you.  You can be the smartest person who has ever lived, but will your brain help you defy death?  Will you live forever through your wits?  Beauty fades, intelligence wanes, strength grows feeble, power is  difficult to come by and quick to depart.  If you still think you can trust in yourself, then you are a fool, and I do not say that lightly.

In contrast to trusting in ourselves, Isaiah invites us to trust in the One Person in whom it is wise to trust: Yahweh.  We can trust in Him forever, because, as Isaiah is quick to point out, he is a metaphorical eternal rock. Whatever strong and solid rock that you can think of, that appears like it will stand to eternity and beyond, God is an everlasting rock, which means that we can trust in him in an everlasting way, indeed it means that we should trust in him forever.

Isaiah invites us here to trust and rely on someone who is worthy of all trust and capable of sustaining our trust in him in every situation, for all time, in every age, and that is someone worth trusting in.

But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.”” (Psalm 31:14, ESV)

The Complete Word Study Bible says that the word trust “expresses the feeling of safety and security that is felt when one can rely on someone or something else.” Think about this for a minute, the alternative to trusting in God is either a. to trust in some other person/deity than yourself, or b. to trust in yourself over anyone and anything else.  How trustworthy are you, dear reader, in the long scheme of your life?  How powerful are you?  Did you choose your parents?  Your race? Your socio-economic status?  Your specific geographical location?  Have you proved yourself trustworthy in any and every situation of your life?  Can you count on yourself when you have an incurable illness and are staring down the barrel of eternity?

David is onto something here.  We can trust in the Lord, indeed God wants us to trust in him.  David has chosen well and wisely.  He does not trust in himself.  He does not put ultimate trust in any other human person. He does not trust in any other so-called god.  He trusts in God alone.  The God who created time, the universe, and the earth is David’s God…and he can be our God also.