Psalm 40 is attributed to King David. In it, he boasts about how God brought him out of a horrible pit and set his feet upon a rock. And then he says, “Blessed is that man that makes the Lord his trust, and respects not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies” (Psalm 40:4).
We all know we are blessed when we trust the Lord. He is faithful and trustworthy. He has promised to never leave nor forsake us. He is more than able to supply every one of our needs. But in addition to trusting the Lord, the psalmist mentions two other essentials for us to be blessed. Let’s briefly look at these.
(1) Those who trust the Lord do not respect the proud. The proud are more focused on themselves than they are on God. Their satisfaction comes from their own accomplishments. They talk and counsel others accordingly.
On this past New Year’s Eve night, I preached at a local Christian ministry. After service and after I had packed up my Bible and put on my coat, I noticed one person still sitting in the room. As I left, he asked to speak with me a minute. Reflecting on my message for the night, he said he does not trust God for everything. He said he tends to trust in himself. And his question to me was what’s wrong with that. Based on his own words, he fits the definition of the proud that the psalmist was talking about. Those who trust the Lord do not subscribe to the ways of the proud because the two diametrically oppose each other.
(2) Those who trust the Lord do not condone turning aside to lies. Sometimes, it’s costly to tell the truth. In such cases, it may be tempting to lie to avoid the consequences of owning up to the truth. But the problem is that God is never on board with lies. When we resort to lying, we are on our own. God is always on board with the truth. Even though telling the truth may at times present the more difficult road ahead, God will always make the truth prevail–if we trust Him.
In Psalm 40, King David speaks from his own experience. The Bible refers to him as a man after God’s own heart. As such, he did not respect the proud or those who turn aside to lies. Neither will we if we make the Lord our trust. The point is, respecting the proud and those who turn aside to lies are mutually exclusive to trusting the Lord.
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