O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusts in you.
I. THE NATURE AND GROUNDS OF A RELIGIOUS TRUST IN GOD. To trust in God is to repose a steady confidence in His protection, and to have an invariable acquiescence of mind under all the dispensations of His providence. This notion of a Supreme Being, and submission to His will, cannot fail in producing proper sentiments of those Divine attributes, upon which this duty of affiance is grounded; which are His wisdom, power, goodness, and faithfulness.
II. THE EFFICACY AND ADVANTAGES THAT RESULT FROM THIS RELIGIOUS TRUST IN GOD.
1. It teacheth us to entertain a modest and humble opinion of ourselves, and it is the best expedient to prevent those dangerous consequences that naturally flow from our supposed excellences.
2. By entertaining an humble opinion of our own endowments, our minds are more sensibly affected with juster apprehensions of God's goodness, and more disposed to patience and resignation under His dispensations.
3. To form a true notion of Divine providence will afford an additional strength to this argument: pursuant to this we must consider, that the same all-powerful, all-wise Being, who created the world, must of necessity be the Governor of it, and so order affairs and dispose circumstances as He thinks fit.
III. MOTIVES FOR IMPROVEMENT OF THIS DOCTRINE.
1. A believing trust in God's help naturally produces the firmest persuasion and gives us the strongest security of His almighty protection.
2. We have the contemplation of a future state to cure all our discontentedness and to secure the stability of our peace.
Parallel VersesKJV: O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.