The Berean Expositor
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It is not therefore surprising to find that the words "Stand fast" of Psalm 111: 8,
"They stand fast for ever and ever", and "Established", of Psalm 112: 8, "His heart is
established, he shall not be afraid" are the same in the original. There is also a parallel
between the word "Sure", in Psalm 111: 7, and "Fixed", in Psalm 112: 7.
This unmoved condition is thrice repeated in Psalm 112::
"Surely he shall not be moved for ever" (verse 6).
"His heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord" (verse 7).
"His heart is established" (verse 8).
As we all know, evil tidings can be very unsettling, and it is in connection with such
disquieting news that "Trust" gives confidence.
"He shall not be afraid of evil tidings. His heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord. His
heart is established, he shall not be afraid."
We discover, both from our own experience, and from Psalm 57: 6 and 7 that it is
possible for one to say "My soul is bowed down", while at the same time confessing,
"My heart is fixed", for our fixedness of heart finds its roots and base, not in ourselves,
but in the Lord, His omnipotence, His faithfulness, His care.
The Directed Way (Prov. 3: 5, 6).
pp. 101, 102
We have considered together a series of experiences that the Scriptures associate with
a trust that clings to the Lord, and it is fitting that the last of the series should relate to the
leading of the Lord. This need of leading is recognized by all who seek to walk worthy
in a world so far removed from the ways and will of God as it is to-day.
The passage that provides us with a message concerning the leading of the Lord and
its relation to whole hearted trust is found in the book of Proverbs:
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart;
And lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct thy paths" (Prov. 3: 5, 6).
There is help for the reader in the correspondence of thought and idea that constitutes
Hebrew poetry. "Trust" is amplified by the word "acknowledge" and "lean" is contrasted
with His "direction".
The word translated "acknowledge" means to know in the sense of "recognizing"
rather than acknowledging in the sense of "confessing". Trust clings to One that is