NOT SHAKEN! - Psalm 62

20th of the 6th month 2015/2016

Shabbat Shalom all,

Qorintiyim Bět/2 Corinthians 4:7-10And we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the excellence of the power might be of Elohim, and not of us – 8 being hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; being perplexed, but not in despair; 9 being persecuted, but not forsaken; being thrown down, but not destroyed; 10 always bearing about in the body the dying of the Master יהושע , that the life of יהושע might also be manifested in our body.

As I have previously mentioned, you may recall that the Greek word used here for ‘treasure’ is θησαυρός thēsauros – Strong’s G2344 which means, treasure, storehouse, magazine, repository, and refers to, the place in which good and precious things are collected and laid up. The English word ‘thesaurus’, in general use, is a reference work that lists words grouped together according to similarity of meaning (containing synonyms and sometimes antonyms). The main purpose of such reference works is to help the user “to find the word, or words, by which [an] idea may be most fitly and aptly expressed”.

Do you see what treasure we have been given – it is not just some random words, but the very living Words of our Master that He has put in us, in helping us ‘find’ the proper words and actions that can be most fitly applied to every situation!

He has put His “thesaurus” in us, so to speak!!! His Word is so powerful that it enables us to rightly divide and discern the Truth so that we can behave and live as true set-apart ones in complete righteousness, even whilst we are in exile and as trustworthy ambassadors are faithfully enduring, looking for the blessed expectation and esteemed appearance of the great Elohim and our Saviour יהושע Messiah! Having said that, we are then able to understand the words of Sha’ul a little better as he is making it clear to us that by having this treasure in earthen vessels we, who are in Messiah and stay in Him, have all we need in any given situation!!! That is why he goes on to say that we may be hard pressed, perplexed, persecuted, and thrown down yet we are not crushed, in despair, forsaken or destroyed! Now that is something to praise our Master and Elohim, who is our refuge and strength, for aměn! Easier said than done, some might say, yet Sha’ul is reminding us of the strength and security we are able to find in our great Master, which should cause us to be a people who are continually offering up the praise that is due to His Name, regardless of the circumstances we find ourselves in! How has your praise unto Him been of late?

As we continue to see the effects of depravity increasing on a daily basis and are witnessing more and more how irrational many people are being in their words and actions, some may find themselves being greatly affected by the increasing pressures of the world and their current circumstances that may not be as favourable as they would like them to be! In the process of battling through the daily struggles of life many may find themselves feeling hard-pressed, perplexed, persecuted and thrown down! Sha’ul is reminding us of the treasure of Truth we have so that we can endure the pressures and challenging trials we may face, and do so with proper praise unto Elohim, who is our strength!

How many of you have felt like a whole host of battles have been hitting you from every side of late, be it financial, relational, physical, emotional or even spiritual? Tonight I want us to be encouraged in the Truth and further equipped to continue to stand firm in the faith/belief, and in a message called, “NOT SHAKEN!”, I want us to be reminded that we who stand and stay in our Master and Elohim, shall indeed… “NOT BE SHAKEN!

We will be reading from Tehillah/Psalm 62, but before we read this great psalm I would just like us to first run through some of these words of Sha’ul, as written in the Greek text, in order to set the scene of understanding the powerful Psalm that we will look more closely at!

I briefly want to look at the very striking words that Sha’ul uses, by first looking at the 4 Greek words that he uses to describe that which we may be going through:

1 – Hard pressed – This is the Greek word θλίβω  thlibō – Strong’s G2346 which means, to press or afflict, to distress, suffer affliction, and in the literal sense can mean, to squash, press, hem in, rub, harassed, and also can be understood as beingnarrow or hard pressed. Our Master יהושע Messiah tells us in:

Mattithyahu/Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter in through the narrow gate! Because the gate is wide – and the way is broad – that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter in through it. 14 “Because the gate is narrow and the way is hard pressed which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

The words translated here as ‘hard pressed’ is from the Greek word θλίβω  thlibō, and the Greek word translated as ‘narrow’ is στενός  stenos – Strong’s G4728 which means, narrow (space or passage) as a result of obstacles standing close about). In other words the true path of life is very narrow, and often it will feel like the pressure of so many obstacles of destruction that are pressing hard against us, are doing their best to cause us to not enter in, as we are continually hard pressed on every side – yet as faithful followers of Messiah, we are not crushed!

2 – PerplexedThis is the Greek word ἀπορέω aporeō – Strong’s G639 which means, perplexed, stand in doubt, be without resources, be embarrassed, be at a loss. This word can give us the understanding of one who does not know which way to turn, is filled with uncertainty and does not know how to decide or what to do and begins to allow doubt to set in! Many often find themselves perplexed and totally puzzled as to what to do, which can often cause huge panic and stress!

3 – PersecutedThis is the Greek word διώκω  diōkō – Strong’s G1377 which means, to put to flight, pursue, persecute

To be persecuted can have the meaning of being maltreated, harassed or troubled, or even be punished in a manner that is designed to injure, grieve or afflict. It can also give reference to the suffering one is caused to endure because of one’s belief! In fact we are clearly told that ‘persecution’ is a certainty for the true believer!

Timotiyos Bět/2 Timothy 3:12And indeed, all those wishing to live reverently in Messiah יהושע, shall be persecuted.

Our Master tells us that blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs in the reign of the heavens and we are blessed when we are reproached and persecuted and have wicked words of falsehood spoken against us for Our Master’s Name’s sake, for our reward in the heavens is great! In other words, do not let persecutions get you down!!!

4 – Thrown downThis is the Greek word καταβάλλω kataballō – Strong’s G2598 which means, cast down, struck down, thrown to the ground, put in a lower place’. Many righteous ones are often cast down or put in a lower place because of the belief and we would do well to recognise that while we may be put down by some we shall not be hindered in our pursuit of apartness! How many of you have been ‘belittled’ by others and made to feel so low by the lofty and proud, all because of your walk of set-apartness? Sha’ul teaches us that this may certainly happen, yet we should not be shaken by it! How about when another gets the promotion that you thought you deserved and you are put into a lower position for no apparent reason, where even more is expected of you, despite being shunted aside and made low? What do you do?

These 4 words carry great insight into some of the daily battles we are called to endure, and Sha’ul assures us that while we may face these we need not be hindered by them. As we look at the 4 words in response to each of these we are further encouraged to be strong and courageous in our Master!

Let us therefore look briefly at what we, as a set-apart priesthood that guards righteousness, are NOT:

WE ARE NOT:

1 – CrushedThis is the Greek word στενοχωρέω stenochōreō – Strong’s G4729 which means, crushed, restrained, distressed, to be made narrow, compress, cramped. When we guard righteousness and guard to do all that our Elohim has commanded us we shall not be crushed and distressed by the hard-pressed and narrow way! What then does crush us? This Greek word στενοχωρέω stenochōreō – Strong’s G4729 is translated as ‘restrained’ in:

Qorintiyim Bět/2 Corinthians 6:12You are not restrained by us, but you are restrained by your own affections.

Sha’ul was telling the believers in Corinth that they are not being restrained or cramped by the righteousness which he was teaching them but rather that they were being crushed by their own affections! They were being crushed and cramped and distressed by their own inner emotions and fleshly passions!

In our Master we have the firm assurance of not being crushed, despite the hard-pressed and narrow path of set-apartness we walk on, however we are also warned here that we must not allow the fleshly emotions to crush us! How often we see those who are severely distressed as they are trying to walk in set-apartness yet the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, which is not of Elohim, crushes them and cramps their belief! יהוה satisfies our desires with good things and therefore we need not be crushed and distressed by the hard pressed walk of set-apartness! Those who are distressed are distressed and crushed simply because they are struggling to actually live SET-APART lives by still wanting to have the best of both worlds so to speak – that is to say they want all the blessings of the Word while having all their lust for fleshly desires satisfied at the same time! When we stay in our Master we shall not be crushed. If you’re feeling crushed – check your affections and see what you are truly setting your heart upon!

2 – In despairThis is the Greek word ἐξαπορέω exaporeō – Strong’s G1820 which means, to be utterly at a loss, utterly destitute, be in despair, to renounce all hope, be destitute of all measures or resources.

The firm assurance we have in the Word is that we are not left destitute and without hope, and we would do well to guard against being in a place of deep despair. Sha’ul is telling us that while we may be perplexed and even be at a loss not knowing what to do, we should never renounce all hope, for our hope/expectation is in יהוה:

Tehillah/Psalm 39:7 “And now, יהוה, what do I wait for? My expectancy is in You.

3 – Forsaken This is the Greek word ἐγκαταλείπω egkataleipō – Strong’s G1459 which means, abandon, forsake, leave behind, deserted.

Tehillah/Psalm 37:25 “I have been young, and now I am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, or his seed begging bread.

The righteous have this firm assurance that Elohim shall never leave nor forsake them, yet we are also warned in Scripture by the words that were spoken by Dawiḏ to Shelomoh, in:

Diḇre haYamim Aleph/1 Chronicles 28:9As for you, my son Shelomoh, know the Elohim of your father, and serve Him with a perfect heart and with a pleasing life, for יהוה searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you do seek Him, He is found by you; but if you forsake Him, He rejects you forever.

We are to be seeking Him and stay in Him, guarding righteousness, then no matter the persecutions we are not forsaken!

4 – Destroyed This is the Greek word ἀπόλλυμι apollumi – Strong’s G622 which means, to destroy completely, utterly destroy, perish, lost, ruined, rendered useless, put to death. No matter how much the righteous one is cast down he shall not be destroyed! The wicked shall be destroyed!

As we consider these firm assurances that Sha’ul gives, for those who stay in the Master, we ought to be greatly encouraged to endure under all pressures, knowing that our Master delivers us from all evil:

Tehillah/Psalm 34:19 “Many are the evils of the righteous, but יהוה delivers him out of them all.

 

Ok, now that we have gleaned at what we are NOT, despite the many pressures and trials we may encounter, let us be confident in our ability to stand firm in our Master and Elohim and ensure that we are NOT SHAKEN!

Let us now look at the powerful Tehillah/Psalm 62 (Read)

 

The title of this Tehillah/Psalm is – לַמְנַצֵּחַ עַל־יְדוּתוּן מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִדlamnatseya al Yeḏuthun mizmor leDawiḏ, which translated is: “To the chief musician to/according to Yeḏuthun a song/psalm of Dawiḏ”.

The name of Dawiḏ - דָּוִד - Strong’s H1732 means, beloved and the term used for ‘psalm’ is מִזְמוֹר miz’mor - Strong’s H4210 meaning, melody and it comes from the primitive root זָמַר zamar – Strong’s H2167 meaning, to make music (in praise of Elohim), sing praises and therefore could literally be rendered as, ‘a melody of the Beloved’.

This was a melody of Dawiḏ that was given to the chief musician according to Yeḏuthun. Who was Yeḏuthun? He was one of Dawiḏ’s 3 chief musicians that were appointed to the service of worship and were designated to give thanks to יהוה and sound aloud with trumpets and cymbals and instruments for the songs of Elohim.

Yeḏuthunיְדוּתוּן Strong’s H3038 means, ‘praising/to laud with praise’ and comes from the word - יָדָה yaḏah – Strong’s H3034which means ‘to lift hands; to give thanks; confess, praise; make confession’.

When we consider the powerful title of this song, we recognise the power and joy that this song expresses as we too are to lift our hands in praise of our Great and Mighty Elohim, who is our refuge and strength! This is a song of confidence, a song of Dawiḏ, a man who knew from personal experience that it is only in Elohim and in Elohim alone that he would find the full assurance of rest and safety!

This is a song of declaration! A song of complete trust and reliance upon Elohim! This psalm reflects the beloved’s confident trust in יהוה in spite of the opposition he was facing and contrasts the security of trusting in יהוה with the insecurity of human devices. It is believed by some that this psalm may have been written during the time that Dawiḏ was being persecuted and hunted by his son Aḇshalom.

In this great song of trust and confidence in יהוה, Dawiḏ, amidst great persecution and the threats against his life, begins with a statement of confidence in יהוה followed by the denunciation of those who were attacking him. He then proceeds to affirm his faith in Elohim and counsels the people to put their trust in Elohim at all times and not put trust in human power and wealth. He then closes this psalm with a clear and bold statement of confident trust in יהוה’s strength and loving-commitment!

How confident are you in your complete reliance and trust in יהוה at all times? Are you able to confidently lift your hands in praise to our Mighty Elohim, especially when pressures, persecutions and trials are at a high?

As we consider the words of this powerful song of trusting praise we ought to be equipped and encouraged to express the true praise and esteem that is due to Elohim by us who have been favoured in the Beloved!!!

When our ability to give proper praise is being hindered by trying circumstances then what does that say about our trust and reliance upon our Redeemer and King?

When chaotic circumstances surround your life and you find yourself under immense pressure and are feeling perplexed and persecuted what do you do? Dawiḏ makes it clear what he does, as he makes the bold opening statement that says, “My being finds rest in Elohim alone!

In the Hebrew text Dawiḏ begins this song with the word אַךְ aḵ – Strong’s H389 which means, surely, only, alone, nevertheless, verily, and is often a word that is not translated yet it is used to convey emphasis, and in this instance it is used as an affirmative emphasis that is translated as ‘alone’, which makes it clear that he is basically saying, “Surely, only”… “In Elohim my being finds rest”. There is no other place where he will find rest, as it is only in Elohim! This is a very important lesson for us all, especially when one may feel hopeless and at a total loss! The only place we can find rest is in Elohim, and Dawiḏ emphasises this fact which sets the powerful tone of this song of praise that is so focused on the strength and refuge we find in our Master and Elohim.

In verse 2 he uses this word again for emphasis, which is again translated as ‘alone’, as he makes it clear that there is only One who is his Rock and deliverance, his strong tower!

He repeats part of verse 1 in verse 5 and repeats verse 2 in verse 6 in the confident praise and declaration of who His refuge and Strength is, and in declaring this he makes a very bold statement of trust in verse 2 and 6 and says:

I AM NOT SHAKEN!

In verse 2 he says he is not greatly shaken and then in verse 6 he simple states that he is not shaken.

The point he is making in this confident praise is that he is not shaken by what man can do, nor is he shaken by the threat of difficult and threatening circumstances, and this is the boldness and confident praise that each of us should be able to give at all times! How is your praise unto Elohim, our Refuge and strength? Are you often shaken by difficult circumstances and trials or are you steadfast in your praise?

The Hebrew word for ‘shaken’ is מוֹט mot – Strong’s H4131 which means, removed, to waver, slip, fall, shake, staggering, let fall, totter. Shelomoh tells us in:

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

The clear picture of the righteous never being shaken is one that is repeatedly given throughout Scripture, and is the clear by product of a proper trust and reliance upon our Master and Elohim!!!

Tehillah/Psalm 125:1 “Those who trust in יהוה are like Mount Tsiyon – it is not shaken, it remains forever.

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 in יהוה and are never shaken shall inherit the earth, while those who waver shall not dwell in the earth. How secure are your feet in יהושע Messiah, our Head? Have you been moved and shaken by afflictions and troubles? Have you been moved from your steadfast position due to compromise when a little heat came your way?

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.

 

Recognising our need to be faithful and steadfast sojourners that are never moved, I urge you all to be urgent in excelling still more in perfecting set-apartness, as we ‘dwell’ – that is sojourn here as strangers and pilgrims and abstain from fleshly lusts which battle against our life, knowing that our labour in the Master is not in vain, as we faithfully wait for Him to take us to His set-apart mountain that is not shaken!

Mishlĕ/Proverbs 12:3A man is not established by wrongness, but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.

No one will ever be able to be firmly established by violating the clear Torah of Elohim, and this is what is happening everyday by those who hold fast to the vain traditions of man, while they so easily cast aside the Torah of Elohim – and they think that they are established in their twisted truth of man-made dogmas and traditions! Dogmas of man and false traditions can never establish a person, only the Torah of Elohim and the proper guarding of His commands can; and we who have been clothed with righteousness by the blood of Messiah, stay in Him, are able to have our feet firmly established in the Truth!

The Hebrew word used here for ‘root’ is שֹׁרֶשׁ shoresh – Strong’s H8328 which means, a root, base, depths, soles, and is figuratively used to describe the firmness and permanence of people!

We also take note that this word is used to declare the prophetic promise of Messiah who would come forth as the root of Yishai:

Yeshayahu/Isaiah 11:10 “And in that day there shall be a Root of Yishai, standing as a banner to the people. Unto Him the gentiles shall seek, and His rest shall be esteem.

The Greek word used for ‘root’ is the LXX (Septuagint – Greek translation of the Tanak – O.T.) is ῥίζα  rhiza  - Strong’s G4491, and we see this word being used to by Messiah in declaring that He is the ROOT:

Ḥazon/Revelation 22:16I, יהושע, have sent My messenger to witness to you these matters in the assemblies. I am the Root and the Offspring of Dawiḏ̱, the Bright and Morning Star.

Sha’ul teaches us very clearly that without Messiah, the Root upon which we are to be established, we shall not be able to stand and bear the fruit of righteousness!

Romiyim/Romans 11:16 “Now if the first-fruit is set-apart, the lump is also. And if the root is set-apart, so are the branches.

We are the branches and not the root, and without the root we cannot live!

The Righteous root will never be shaken or moved; therefore we who stay in the Righteous Root shall never be shaken!

Another firm promise we have from Elohim is seen in:

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.

The promise given to Pineḥas, who stood up and put to death the whoring within the camp, was יהוה’s covenant of peace, as a covenant of an everlasting priesthood  – literally He was given the covenant of ‘shalom’ of יהוה – and in Hebrew שָׁלוֹם shalom – Strong’s H7965 means, ‘completeness, soundness, welfare, peace, prosperity, health, safety, security’. For those who stand up and are zealous for the esteem of יהוה, there shall be no lack and they shall serve forever as a set-apart and royal priesthood unto Him, never to be shaken or moved!

How zealous are you to not be shaken? Will you stand up and be bold in set-apartness and not be moved by pressures and trials, always giving thanks and praise to our Rock and Refuge?

Our ability to stand firm and not be shaken requires our complete trust and reliance upon our Master and Elohim, and in saying that we recognise how we are to cast our burdens upon Him, lest we find our burdens cause us to be shaken!

Yeshayahu/Isaiah 55:22 “Cast your burden on יהוה, and let Him sustain you; He never allows the righteous to be shaken.

The Greek word used in the LXX (Septuagint – Greek translation of the Tanak – O.T.) for ‘burden’ is μέριμνα merimna – Strong’s G3308 which means, cares, worry, worries, anxieties, and we are told in:

Kěpha Aleph/1 Peter 5:6-7Humble yourselves, then, under the mighty hand of Elohim, so that He exalts you in due time, 7 casting all your worry upon Him, for He is concerned about you.

יהושע tells us in the Parable of the sower and the seed, that the worries/cares of this life choke out the word, and this is exactly what happens to the seed sown among thorns, which pictures those who hear the Word, but the worries of life choke it out! This Greek word can also render the understanding of, being pulled in different directions – have you ever felt like you are being pulled in so many directions that you do not know which way to turn?

The sad reality is that most of us allow anxieties to consume us and when this does then the very Word that has been deposited in us gets choked. Think about this for a moment, choking is not a nice experience!!! Worries choke out the good deposit. We are to be on guard and watch, and be careful for this not to happen! How many of you have worries? Many of you may have some very pressing and urgent matters that need to be attended to and sorted out, yet you do not know how. Well both Yeshayahu and Kěpha make it clear to us: we are to cast all our burden/worry upon Elohim and let Him sustain us and cause us to never be shaken and burdened with the worries of this life! Sha’ul tells us in Pilipiyim/Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not worry at all, but in every matter, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to Elohim. 7 And the peace of Elohim, which surpasses all understanding, shall guard your hearts and minds through Messiah יהושע.

The covenant of peace is extended to those who are not shaken and do not worry, but rather in every matter find rest and safety in Elohim! Above all, our Master Himself tells us not to worry about tomorrow, or about what we shall eat or drink, or about what we shall put on!!! How have you been at hearing these very clear and simple instructions? Or have you found that these are the very things that have caused you to worry and be shaken and find that your ability to give a proper praise of continual thanksgiving has been sorely lacking!

Dawiḏ, in this powerful song of confident praise first said that he is not greatly shaken and then said he is not shaken! I find this a great picture of the progress of confident praise and as one begins to give true praise unto Elohim the fear of any kind of shaking disappears! From not being greatly shaken to not being shaken at all expresses the power of what confident trust and reliance in Elohim does, especially through a bold and emphatic declaration of praise!

How do you find yourself going about your daily battles that you face? Are you grumbling within yourself or are you bringing jubilant praise unto Elohim?

In verses 3-4 Dawiḏ speaks in the third person and relays a question to his enemies who are trying to ruin him and bring him down, as though he were a wall or fence that was tottering and about to collapse. It must be clearly understood here that in this psalm of confident trust in Elohim, the question Dawiḏ is posing to his enemies is a rhetorical one, as he is never going to be shaken and fall, for his life is firmly secured in the only One true Refuge, Rock and Strong Tower, יהוה our Elohim!

He makes the clear and bold statement that יהוה is my Rock and my Salvation!!!

After declaring who is Saviour is he turns to the people and calls for them to trust in יהוה at all times! It may be that he turned to his companions who were with him, his fellow believers, and encouraged them too to put complete trust in יהוה. This teaches us the vital necessity for us to make sure that we encourage one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest anyone be hardened by the deceivableness of sin and worry!

We must be concerned for one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another and building one another up, as we see the Day coming near. He encourages his hearers to pour their hearts out to Elohim, for He is our Refuge and He is our trust. So many people do not cast their burden upon Him and suffer the poison of crippling worries that choke the life out of one who is easily shaken!

In verse 9-10 he makes it clear that we are not to put our trust in human help, no matter how big or small, for all are just a breath and are unreliable and weak! We are to trust is the breath giver, the One who causes us to be – יהוה our Elohim!

He continues to warn against trusting in wealth and riches that do not profit and cautions against putting any trust or confidence in wealth or any earthly schemes, as he warns that if riches increase do not set your heart on them! This is something that many today get caught in, as they see the promise of increase as they see the riches of others increase which causes them to set their hearts on pursuing those riches and assumed gains, and here Dawiḏ warns against such delusion and deceitfulness of wealth that will simply choke out the Truth!

Many people have been hindered in their ability to give proper thanks in every matter and are unable to boldly praise the Master due to their hearts being set on riches that increase!

Our Master, יהושע Messiah tells us in:

Luqas/Luke 12:15 “And He said to them, “Mind, and beware of greed, because one’s life does not consist in the excess of his possessions.

 

Dawiḏ then closes this song of confidence with the truth that our strength is in Elohim and in Elohim alone!

A little over two months ago I gave a message called “ELOHIM IS OUR REFUGE AND STRENGTH”, and looked at Tehillah/Psalm 46, which I encourage you to go and read through for more on this clear truth.

http://atfotc.com/index.php/our-sermons/sermons-2015/615-elohim-is-our-refuge-and-strength-psalm-46

Dawiḏ closes with the confident statement that highlights for us that Elohim is ruler and judge of all and that He will reward each one according to his work! What is clear is that strength and loving-commitment belong to יהוה, and therefore He is our only source of true strength and loving-commitment that will equip us to stand and not be shaken!

As we consider the power of this great song of praise, may we be stirred to lift our hands in complete confident praise unto our Refuge and Strength with the strengthened trust and reliance upon Him and Him alone that can cause us to declare as Dawiḏ declared:             

I AM NOT SHAKEN!

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 you do not – there can be no middle ground.  What things have tried to shake you? May this song of confidence stir in you a proper trust and reliance upon our Master and Elohim, and let all the beloved of our master now declare:

NOT SHAKEN!!!

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!!!