The Berean Expositor
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"The object of this trust must be a divine Person (`The Son'). See Jer. 17: 5-8:
which is a paraphrase of Psa. 1: 2, 3, and this serves to bind Psalms 1: and 2: together."
Let us turn to this passage in Jeremiah:--
"Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart
departeth from the Lord. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see
when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land
and not inhabited.
Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall
be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall
not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year
of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit" (Jer. 17: 5-8).
Psa. 2: is prophetic of the day of the Lord, and will be a word in season when the
kings of the earth assemble together against the Lord and against His Anointed.
Psa. 34: 6-8 strikes a personal note:--
"This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles
. . . . . O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him."
It is doubly blessed when we not only enjoy the goodness of the Lord ourselves, but
can give personal testimony to this blessedness: "This poor man cried"; "O taste and
In Psa. 40: we have a most wonderful description of the horrors of sin, its defilement,
its terrible power, and the hopeless and helpless condition of all who are under its
dominion, followed by the exultant feeling of security, the blessed relief, the exchange of
miry clay for solid rock, and the establishing of one's goings. Then the song of praise
and the testimony of others:--
"He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet
upon a rock, and established my goings. And He hath put a new song in my mouth, even
praise unto our God; many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord. Blessed is
that man that maketh the Lord his trust" (Psa. 40: 2-4).
Here then is the second Biblical blessing of the Psalms, the blessing of trust, the
blessing of confidence, the blessing of a mighty refuge, a rock of ages, a shield and
buckler; someone to whom the weak may cling and be at peace.
If we know the blessedness of sins forgiven, we may also know the blessedness of
perfect trust:--
"The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and He addeth no sorrow with it" (Prov. 10: 22).