The Power of the Promise of God in Salvation History: Trust in the LORD

Psalm 115:9-11 reads,

9 O Israel, trust in the Lord! He is their help and their shield.

10 O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord! He is their help and their shield.

11 You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord! He is their help and their shield.

 The psalm calls on the worshipers to trust in Yahweh. The verb, “trust,” from batah, is an interesting word. It means, “to feel secure,” “be unconcerned.” (TWOT) That is how you should trust the LORD. Feel secure in the LORD. In the LORD, be unconcerned with other things.

The leader says, “O Israel, trust in the LORD!” Then, the choir responds, “Yahweh is their help and shield.” The help and shield of Yahweh speaks of divine protection. Yahweh shall protect them against the threat of the nations. The history of Israel is a history of salvation. God has shown His acts of salvation in their long history. As God has saved them in the past, God shall save them now.

Then in v. 12, the psalm says that Yahweh has remembered them. “The LORD has remembered us” (Ps. 115:12).

   He was an old widower and she an old widow, had known each other for a number of years.

    One evening there was a community supper in the big activity center. The two were at the same table . . . he took a few admiring glances at her and finally gathered the courage to ask her, “Will you marry me?”

    After about six seconds of ‘careful consideration,’ she answered “Yes, I will.”

    Next morning, he was troubled. “Did she say ‘yes’ or did she say ‘no’?” He couldn’t remember. Try as he might, he just could not recall. Not even a faint memory. With trepidation, he went to the telephone and called her.

    First, he explained that he didn’t remember as well as he used to. “When I asked if you would marry me, did you say ‘Yes’ or did you say ‘No’?”

    He was delighted to hear her say, “Why, I said, ‘Yes, yes I will’ and I Meant it with all my heart.” Then she continued, “I am so glad that you called, because I couldn’t remember who had asked me.” (sermoncentral.com)

The verb, “remember” is from zakar, “think (about), meditate (upon), pay attention (to); remember.” (TWOT) I like the NKJV, “The LORD has been mindful of us.” The LORD has thought about us. He has paid attention to us. He has remembered us, the psalm says. The covenant God of Israel has remembered His people. This is a word of confidence in the faithfulness of God.

Since God is mindful of them, He will fulfill His promise to them. That promise is the promise of blessing. Thus, the psalm says that God shall bless them.

12 The Lord has remembered us; he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel;he will bless the house of Aaron;

13 he will bless those who fear the Lord,both the small and the great.

God’s promise is to bless His covenant people for their renewed faith and obedience of God.

What kind of blessing are they expecting from God? It is the blessing of increase.

14 May the Lord give you increase, you and your children!

15 May you be blessed by the Lord,who made heaven and earth!

The word, “increase,”yasaph, means, “add.” It is Hiphil stem, indicating causative action. The LORD shall cause an increase in Israel. It is Hiphil Imperfect. The LORD shall cause a continuing increase in Israel.

Remember Yahweh’s covenant with Abraham. God told Abraham, “I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing” (Gen. 12:2). The increase of God here is the blessing of Abraham. This means that God’s promise to Abraham continues! This is how they must overcome discouragement from the nations. They must live by the promises of God!

Brothers and sisters, are you discouraged today? There is power to overcome discouragement. The power is the promise. There is power in the promises of God! The power to live above discouragement is the power of the promises of God.

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