Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shall you dwell in the land, and truly you shall be fed.…
I. THE NATURE AND GROUNDS OF TRUST IN GOD. To trust in the Lord signifies, in general, to be free from anxiety concerning any events, present or future, under a firm persuasion that God careth for us, and will direct all events for our real happiness. Many persons are ingenious in tormenting themselves, and possess the unfortunate art of destroying their own happiness. If they have no real causes of affliction, they will imagine some. Their ill-boding foresight discerns, in what is future, a multitude of evils. But trust in God is directly opposed to this. He speaks not of rash, presumptuous confidence, but of that which rests on solid grounds; trust that is joined with practical piety. "And do good," says our text: and that employs all lawful means. As an illustration, see the conduct of Nehemiah.
II. THE NECESSITY AND ADVANTAGE OF SUCH TRUST.
1. It is right.
2. It is blessed.
3. Demands an obedient life.
(S. Partridge, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.