TRUST IN YHWH AND BE NOT SHAKEN! - Psalm 125

Shabbat Shalom family,

Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 17:7-8 “Blessed is the man who trusts in יהוה, and whose trust is יהוה. 8 “For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and does not see when heat comes. And his leaf shall be green, and in the year of drought he is not anxious, nor does he cease from yielding fruit.

Trust in יהוה – the very thing that every true believer must do at all times! The Hebrew root word used for ‘trusts’ is בָּטַח bataḥ – Strong’s H982 which carries the meaning, to trust , be bold, confident, be secure, courageous , and in saying that the blessed man not only trust in יהוה, but also that the blessed man’s trust is יהוה, we are able to see that to trust in יהוה is not just something that we do as an active response to a particular circumstance, but rather it is who we are – we are ‘trusters’ – who are continually trusting יהוה in all things, aměn!

What then is true ‘trust’?

Trust is the assured reliance on the character, ability, strength or truth of someone or something. It is a dependence upon one, or one in which confidence is placed. It is the confidence, reliance and resting of the mind in the integrity/friendship of another person.

When you make the bold statement that you ‘trust in יהוה’, do you really mean it? Or do you allow doubts and fears to come and cause you to waver in your ability to fully trust – especially when things do not seem to go your way?

Pure trust in יהוה results in the blessing of being stable and unshaken by unfavourable circumstances that we may find ourselves in. As Yirmeyahu writes here – when יהוה is your trust you will not get affected by the heat or pressures of life – in other words when the heat is turned up and persecutions are on the rise or difficult circumstances and trials are hitting you from all sides – the true truster in יהוה stands unaffected!!! Are you a true truster in יהוה, or are you easily shaken?

In a message tonight called, ‘TRUST IN יהוה AND BE NOT SHAKEN!’, I would like us all to be encouraged by the words of a great Psalm, which clearly defines the sure strength of those who trust in יהוה and the sure promises of the expectation we have in Messiah in whom we place all our trust! Please turn with me to Tehillim/Psalm 125 (Read)

5 powerful verses indeed – and within these verses we see such great truth to the power of these words as we look a little deeper at the root meanings of some of the key Hebrew words contained herein.

The theme of this Psalm is security that we have in יהוה amidst a crooked world and an age of much insecurity for many. As we look at some key words, I hope to encourage you to be steadfast in placing your trust in יהוה, as we are reminded of the true and pure confidence that we can experience in trusting our lovingly committed Creator, Redeemer and King - יהושע Messiah!

The title of this Psalm is – שִׁיר הַמַּעֲלוֹת – ‘shiyr hama’a lot’  - which is best translated as ‘A song of degrees’. Tehillim 120-134 are all titled as ‘A song of degrees’ and these Psalms are believed to have been songs that were sung by those who travelled to Yerushalayim each year to the Feasts of יהוה. The two root words are - שִׁיר shir – Strong’s H7892 which means, song, music, musical and מַעֲלָה ma’alah – Strong’s H4609 which means, what comes up, steps, high degree, ascends, stairway, and comes from the primitive root verb עָלָה alah – Strong’s H5927 meaning, to go up, ascend, climb, approach, go; and when one also recognises how a derivative of this root verb is the word עֹלָה olah – Strong’s H5930 meaning, whole burnt offering, ascent, staircase, stairway. The olah offering represents a giving totally of oneself to יהוה, and these songs express the true worship of true worshippers of Elohim who confidently place their trust in Him, and offer up their entire lives as a living sacrifice, having the sound of continual songs of praise on their lips, declaring their steadfast trust in יהוה.

These are not just simple words randomly sung in a hope to feel confident – they are songs of ascending praise to the One in whom we are to put our trust; and here the writer makes it clear in declaring straight up that those who trust in יהוה are like Mount Tsiyon!!! People who confidently place their trust and reliance upon יהוה are like Mount Tsiyon – which is a symbol of pure strength and stability. Mount Tsiyon is an emblem of permanence and reflects the power of the renewed Covenants of Promise in the Blood of Messiah as opposed to Mount Sinai – a mountain scorched with fire!

Mount Tsiyon represents the firm and protected provision for the Covenanted Bride of Messiah, secured in His Blood, and how even while the mountains and hills may fall away – His love endures forever:

Yeshayahu/Isaiah 54:10 “For though the mountains be removed and the hills be shaken, My kindness is not removed from you, nor is My covenant of peace shaken,” said יהוה, who has compassion on you.

Mount Tsiyon is not shaken and remains forever – and what this is declaring is that His Covenant of Peace shall never be shaken, and when Messiah comes again and He shall reign on Mount Tsiyon – a symbol of an unshakeable reign!

We who trust in יהוה are like the unshakeable mountain – we are not shaken by trouble and battles that may surround us!

The Hebrew word translated as ‘shaken’ is מוֹט mot – Strong’s H4131 which means, removed, to waver, slip, fall, shake, totter. We who trust in יהוה shall never be ‘shaken’ and never waver or slip or fall, or even totter as we stand firm in the Truth! Those who are trusting and never shaken shall inherit the earth, while those who waver shall not dwell in the earth.

Mishlĕ/Proverbs 10:30 “The righteous is never shaken, while the wrong shall not dwell in the earth.

Sha’ul tells us in Eph’siyim/Ephesians 4:14-15 that we are not to be as children that are tossed and borne about by every wind of teaching, by the trickery of men, in cleverness, unto the craftiness of leading astray; but rather we are to be a people who maintain the truth in love growing up in all respects into Messiah, our Head!

Sadly what we find today is a lot of ‘children’ so to speak, that when the first sign of trouble or shaking comes, they are tossed about by various teachings and opinions and are therefore never able to actually grow up and stand on their own two feet in Messiah! To bring this home a little closer, we have to ensure that we, who claim to put our trust in יהוה, are in fact not being shaken in the face of trouble, and given over to compromise. To trust fully in יהוה requires the need to believe and obey what His Word instructs us to, no matter the circumstances we find ourselves in or the consequences of our steadfastness amidst a wicked people! For example – when the Word clearly instructs us to guard the Sabbath and set it apart, and observe it as He instructs, then we are to do just that and trust יהוה for our full protection and provision.

Today there are so many who find themselves saying they trust יהוה, while their compromised actions in regards to obeying the Truth speak otherwise! Sabbath keeping or rather lack thereof is just one example of how many claiming to ‘trust יהוה’ actually do not trust for fear of man, especially when confronted to break the Sabbath for work! – Who do you trust – יהוה and His Word or your own selfish reasoning that tries to secure and protect your position and income through compromise in the fear of losing your work! I know this sounds very harsh, and many would strike me down for me saying this – but this is a harsh reality check of where our true trust lies!!!

There are many examples we could run through in this regard – the point I am trying to bring across is simply this – trust in יהוה requires an obedient and active faith that hears, guards and does all He commands, with the full confidence of the sure hope we have in Messiah, causing us to never waver, shake, totter, fall or slip into compromising our steadfast stand in the Truth! The Bride of יהוה is likened to the renewed city of Yerushalayim in Ḥazon/Revelation 21, and Yerushalayim is a city that is surrounded by hills – hills that provide fortification against invading armies. And so here in this song of ascending praise, we are clearly reminded that the One who made all the hills is our security, as He surrounds us now and forever, like the hills around Yerushalayim. And we who trust in יהוה, have the assurance of His sure Word, that as long as we trust in and rely upon Him by standing firm and steadfast in the doing of His commands, then we shall never stumble, as His Word equips us to stand, for He alone is able to keep us from stumbling – and for that we are to give Him praise:

Yehuḏah/Jude 1:24 “And to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you blameless before the presence of His esteem with exceeding joy

A lack of active trust can cause one to stumble and fall, and so we must constantly be reminded to trust in the One who will keep you from falling – and how do we do that? Believe His word and walk in it!!! So many try to excuse away their ability to do what His word says and will compromise when faced with choices that seem too tough to make – when in fact true trust chooses to obey without hesitation! How is your daily trusting in יהוה going??? Have you found yourself compromising and afraid to stand up for the truth in fear of losing something that you think will sustain you. Trust in יהוה without obedience, even in the face of losing what you have tried to hold on to in the flesh, is not true trust, and is often just a vain lip service that lacks heart – where the Torah is supposed to be written upon, in order for us to do what it says!!!

Those who trust in יהוה are blessed and are not shaken; and remain forever!!! The Hebrew word translated as ‘remains’ is יָשַׁב  yashaḇ – Strong’s H3427 meaning, sit, dwell, remain, abide, inhabit, sitting still, and is a word that is often translated as ‘sit’, and a modern word derived from this word which is translated as school is ‘yeshiva’. And to ‘sit’ or ‘sitting’ in the Hebraic min-set is an idiom for learning; and it is at the Master’s Feet that we come and sit and drink of His Pure and Clear Living Water and get great clarity and insight and strength to sojourn with joy! Dawiḏ sought with intensity to sit and learn in the house of יהוה all the days of his life; and I believe that we today need to learn to have this intense longing to grow in knowledge and understanding of our Maker, as too many today can hardly find the time to even read a chapter of the Scriptures each day – which reveals a lack of earnestly seeking to dwell and remain in His presence forever – how about you? Those who trust in יהוה are always able to find the time to ‘sit and learn’, equipped in every way in Messiah to walk and remain steadfast – those who do not fully trust show their lack of trust by their inability to ‘sit and learn’ and as a result find themselves shaking under the heated pressure of trials.

In verse 3 we are told that the ‘sceptre of wrongness’ shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous; and what is being declared to us here is the fact that the righteous remnant in Messiah have an inheritance that can never be ruled or overtaken by the wrong! The Hebrew word for ‘sceptre’ is שֵׁבֶט sheḇet – Strong’s H7626 and means, rod, staff, branch, shaft and is a symbol of authority and rulership. We know that in reference to the Authority and Rule of יהוה, that the sceptre would not depart from Yehuḏah until Shiloh (the sent One) came – and so Messiah came and took up the sceptre and rules forever in the order of Malkitseḏeq  - the Righteous King and High Priest!!!

The rule of the wicked will never rest on our allotted inheritance! The Hebrew word used here for ‘rest’ is the primitive root verb נוּחַ nuaḥ - Strong’s H5117 meaning, to rest, abandon, give comfort, settle down and remain.

When the promise remains for us to enter in His rest  - that is of Messiah – we see clearly how we are to enter into His rule and authority – His Kingdom Reign in which we shall abide and remain in forever – and where wickedness will have no place or part!

We have an allotted inheritance – the meek shall inherit the earth and the earth shall be ruled in righteousness and justice – for they are the foundations of His throne – and in our inheritance we have the sure promise that no wickedness will be able to rule or have any authority!!!!  This promise remains for the faithful who continue to trust in יהוה and walk steadfast in righteousness, as ambassadors of the Kingdom to come, guarding to do all He commands without wavering! The only way this sure allotment can be lost by some is if they stretch forth their hand to unrighteousness! The term translated as ‘stretch forth’ is the Hebrew word שָׁלַח  shalaḥ – Strong’s H7971 which means, to send, stretch out, extend, send away, let loose and is a word that is used frequently in the Tanak, and also describes the ‘putting away’ of a wife as a final step of the divorce process. Many women were put away without having been divorced in the correct manner and this Messiah spoke harshly against. But here we can see this word representing the ‘loosening’ of one’s firm grip of the Truth and putting one’s hand to unrighteousness! We are to cling to the truth, giving no room for our hands to be found doing unrighteousness; and sadly so many who claim to trust in יהוה, do not have their hands on the trust, but have rather let loose their grip and have turned to hold fast to selfish and fleshly works!

The word ‘unrighteousness’, in Hebrew is the word עָוֶל avel – Strong’s H5766 which means, injustice, unrighteousness, wrong, iniquity, and we know that in יהוה there is NO unrighteousness:

Deḇarim/Deuteronomy 32:4 “The Rock! His work is perfect, for all His ways are right-ruling, an Ěl of truth and without unrighteousness, righteous and straight is He.

We who claim to live in Him, must walk upright and straight, not allowing ourselves to loosen our grip on the Truth and be found putting our hands (our works) to unrighteousness and sin! The workers of lawless ness will be severely rebuked and told that they are not know by the Master, even after they try to appeal to Him how they have ‘done’ and ‘worked’ so much in His Name, yet their works are not of righteousness, which is to guard and do His commands and walk in His Torah – and they will be rebuked and cast away from His presence, and there will be a waling and gnashing of teeth!

We have an inheritance in Messiah our King, and we have a clear choice – hold fast to the Truth and make sure both hands are fully clinging to His Truth, as we work the good works of righteousness that has been prepared beforehand for us to do; or let go and stretch forth our hand to unrighteousness and join the crooked who will be led away with the workers of wickedness!!!

Verse 4 is a proclamation of truth with the righteous appeal to a just and righteous Elohim to do good to who are good and upright in heart! While verse 5 clearly tells us the fate of the crooked – being led away to destruction!

The word for upright is יָשָׁר  ‘yashar’ - Strong’s H3477, and means, right, straight, upright and righteous. The Book of Yasher, commonly known to us as ‘Jasher’, means the book of the ‘upright/straight’ or the Book of the ‘Righteous’.

We, as children of Elohim are called to walk upright and straight, called to walk and do what is ‘right’ in the eyes of יהוה – called to do what is ‘yashar’ – called to walk in righteousness and that is to walk in His Torah!

Deḇarim/Deuteronomy 12:28 “Guard, and obey all these words which I command you, that it might be well with you and your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the eyes of יהוה your Elohim.

I encourage you to go and check out the commentary notes on Deḇarim/Deuteronomy 3-7 for a more deeper understanding of what ‘yasher’ means!

In contrast to walking straight and upright we see the word translated as ‘crooked’ which is the Hebrew word עֲקַלְקָל aqalqal – Strong’s H6128 which means, crooked waysand comes from the primitive root  עָקַל  aqal – Strong’s H6127 meaning, to bend, twist’. We see so much twisting of the Truth going on as many devise their own crooked way by twisting or bending the truth to suit self!

Many rely on the inherited traditions that have been built on twisted lies and refuse to straighten up and walk in the Truth – in the straight and narrow way! Twisting the truth is lies – and we are not sons of the deceiver, but sons of Elohim – and we must speak truth. There are those in Christianity who are twisting Sha’ul’s writings thinking that he is teaching them that the Torah has been done away with, which is absolutely ridiculous! Then there are those who are walking the Torah road who sadly want to throw out Sha’ul’s writings and in so doing they end up on a path that leads to a denial of Messiah!

For many who twist writings – they do so because they are untaught and unstable. We must be ever learning as we come each week on a Shabbat and immerse ourselves in the word as we gather together in community and learn the Torah of Elohim! There are many twisted teachings out there – too many tickling ear messages that are leading many astray – let us not be sons of twisting – but rather sons of Truth as we walk in and remain in the Truth!

This walk of faith in Messiah calls for pure and devoted trust in יהוה and His Word and who know and call upon His Name:

Tehillim/Psalm 9:10 “And those who know Your Name trust in You, for You have not forsaken those who seek You, O יהוה.

As one reads Mishlĕ/proverbs 30 we find a very rhetorical line of questioning being given in the first couple of verses that lead to the ultimate question of whether one actually knows the Name of The Creator and Redeemer! So many claim to trust in the Creator, yet they do not know His Name – how can you trust in someone that you do not even know their name!!!

Mishlĕ/Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in יהוה with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 Know Him in all your ways, And He makes all your paths straight.

Mishlĕ/Proverbs 14:26 “In the fear of יהוה is strong trust, and His children have a place of refuge.

Walking in the fear of יהוה is strong Trust, as you hear, guard and do His clear instructions (Torah) and find your refuge in Him, no matter the circumstances you find yourself in.

The appeal I make to you all tonight is simply this – TRUST IN יהוה AND BE NOT SHAKEN!!!

You either believe His Word or not – you either trust in Him and make Him your trust or not – there can be no middle ground. This song of degrees makes it clear and reveals the fate of the those who trust in יהוה versus those who do not.

May this Psalm be a continual song of ascents to us who trust in יהוה with all our heart and not become a song of judgement because we lacked heart and did not trust after being shaken by trouble.

May we all declare as Dawiḏ declared in:

Tehillim/Psalm 62:2&6 “He alone is my rock and my deliverance, my strong tower; I am not greatly shaken.

TRUST IN יהוה AND BE NOT SHAKEN!!!

For His Name, favour and shalom be upon Yisra’ĕl… Now and forever, Aměn!

יהוה bless you and guard you; יהוה make His face shine upon you and show favour to you; יהוה lift up His face to you and give you Shalom!!!