7 Reasons Trust Changes Things

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Four or five months ago, I felt led to personalize Psalm 20. Thousands of people have since personalized the scriptures on our website www.haroldherring.com including folks in over 40 countries.

Early yesterday morning and I do mean early. . .I was drawn back to Psalm 20 which I’m going to personalize for you. . .using various names.

1 May the Lord answer [Randy] in the day of trouble!  May the name of the God of Jacob set [Randy] up on high [and defend him];

2 Send [Laurel] help from the sanctuary and support, refresh, and strengthen her from Zion;

3 Remember all [Fred’s] offerings and accept his burnt sacrifice. Selah [pause, and think of that]!

4 May He grant [Diane] according to her heart’s desire and fulfill all her plans.

5 We will [shout in] triumph at [Dave’s] salvation and victory, and in the name of his God we will set up our banners. May the Lord fulfill all Dave’s petitions.

6 Now [Larry] knows that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand.

7 Some trust in and boast of chariots and some of horses, but [Gena] will trust in and boast of the name of the Lord our God.

8 They are bowed down and fallen, but [Al] rises and stands upright.

9 O Lord, give victory; let the King answer [Jenine] when she calls.

In studying Psalm 20 . . .God showed me seven reasons trust changes things.

1.         The Lord hears you in times of trouble

Have you ever called to your spouse or child or grandchild in the house with you. . .but they couldn’t hear you because of the noise level where they were standing at the time of your call?

Have you ever called to a friend or co-worker who couldn’t or didn’t hear you because of what they were doing at the time you called?

The great news. . .is that the Lord ALWAYS hears you.  Your voice isn’t muffled or muted because of what’s going on.

God always hears you when you call.

Just as parents hears their baby when it cries. . .needs attention or loving care. . .your Heavenly Father ALWAYS hears and responds to your voice.

Psalm 20:1

“The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee.”

Psalm 34:15 in the Amplified Bible says:

“The eyes of the Lord are toward the [uncompromisingly] righteous and His ears are open to their cry.”

The Lord is watching you and listening for your voice. . .if you are the uncompromisingly righteous.

Psalm 34:17 in the Amplified Bible says:

“When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their distress and troubles.”

The Lord is not only watching and listening for you. . .He will deliver you out of your distress, trouble and adversity.

Psalm 37:39 says:

“But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble.”

All I have to say about that verse is. . .Glory to God and Hallelujah!!

Psalm 59:16 in the Amplified Bible says:

“But I will sing of Your mighty strength and power; yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy and loving-kindness in the morning; for You have been to me a defense (a fortress and a high tower) and a refuge in the day of my distress.”

The phrase “the day of trouble” is found twelve times in the King James Version of the Bible however I’m only going to share three of the scriptures with you.

Psalm 50:15 says:

“And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.”

Nahum 1:7 says:

“The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.”

Psalm 59:16 in the King James Version says:

“But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.”

In speaking of medical, police and fire emergencies . . . you will always hear the phrase “first responders.”

Child of God, you and I have the ultimate First Responder to any emergencies we encounter.

2.         His name will defend you

Let’s look at Psalm 20:1 again.  It says:

“The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee.”

There are many blessings in the name of God but I’m only going to share three.

First, it’s a defense.

Psalm 20:1 in the Amplified Bible says:

“May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob set you up on high [and defend you]”

The name of God is not just for your defense but for those around you as well.

Matthew 25:45 in the Contemporary English Version says:

“The king will say to them, "Whenever you failed to help any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you failed to do it for me."

There’s no need for other scriptures or personal observations . . . because according to the scriptures. . .everyone is important. . .every believer needs a defense.

Second, it’s a standard around which to fight

Psalm 20:5 says:

“We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the Lord fulfil all thy petitions.”

Third, the name of God is a means of deliverance.

Psalm 20:7 says:

“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.”

3.         He will send help from the sanctuary

When you were a kid. . .did you ever play hide and go seek. . .where you had a base. . . a safe place where you couldn’t be tagged. . . you wouldn’t to be “it.”

Even if someone tagged you while you were on base. . .it was of no avail. . .because you are in a safe zone.

Psalm 20:2 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Send you help from the sanctuary. . .”

Psalm 77:13 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary [in holiness, away from sin and guilt]. Who is a great God like our God?”

Psalm 96:6 says:

“Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.”

Hebrews 8:2 in the Message Bible says:

“In essence, we have just such a high priest: authoritative right alongside God, conducting worship in the one true sanctuary built by God.”

There is a place where you are safe. . .where the enemy can’t reach you. . .it’s God’s sanctuary.

4.         He will strengthen you out of Zion

Psalm 20:2 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Send you help from the sanctuary and support, refresh, and strengthen you from Zion.”

Psalm 50:2

“Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.”

Isaiah 2:3 says:

“And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.”

Isaiah 59:20 in The Living Bible says:

“He will come as a Redeemer to those in Zion who have turned away from sin.”

5.         The Lord will fulfill all your petitions

Psalm 20:5 says:

“We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the Lord fulfil all thy petitions.”

According to Strong’s Concordance . . . the Hebrew word for petitions is H4862 and it means:  “request, petition, desire” and it’s found only one other time in scripture.

Psalm 37:4 says:

“Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”

The New Living Translation of Psalm 20:5 says:

“. . .May the Lord answer all your prayers.”

The verse doesn’t say that God will answer ‘some, most or the most pressing’ of your prayers.  It says the Lord will answer “. . .all your prayers.”

Psalm 34:9-10 in the Amplified Bible says:

“O fear the Lord, you His saints [revere and worship Him]! For there is no want to those who truly revere and worship Him with godly fear.

10 The young lions lack food and suffer hunger, but they who seek (inquire of and require) the Lord [by right of their need and on the authority of His Word], none of them shall lack any beneficial thing.”

No beneficial thing.   The New Living Translation of Psalm 34:10 says:  “. . .those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.”

Psalm 84:11 says:

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”

I don’t know about you. . .but I’m getting ready to shout.

Matthew 21:22 in the Amplified Bible says:

“And whatever you ask for in prayer, having faith and [really] believing, you will receive.”

Okay. . .that’s it. . .it’s SHOUTING time.  Hallelujah!!!

6.         He will hear from heaven

Psalm 20:6 in the New Living Translation says:

“Now I know that the Lord rescues his anointed king.  He will answer him from his holy heaven and rescue him by his great power.”

God is about to flex His muscles on your behalf.

Exodus 6:6 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Accordingly, say to the Israelites, I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will free you from their bondage, and I will rescue you with an outstretched arm [with special and vigorous action] and by mighty acts of judgment.”

Are you hearing this?  God will free you from bondage.

The Hebrew word for bondage is abad (ae vo da) (H5647) and it means:

“to compel to labor or work, cause to labor, cause to serve; to cause to serve as subjects.”

Debt, disease, depression, disappointment, despondency, discouragement…all of these words represent bondage because they are used by the enemy to keep you living a meager existence. . .never fulfilling your God-inspired and created potential for success. 

This type of bondage will never cause you to rise to any challenge.  You will always acquiesce to the lowest standard. . .feeling that you’re not worthy of success or even to taste His precious promises for your life.

But God. . .I love saying that. . .BUT GOD. . .is about to turn things around for you and free you from bondage.

7.         God is our trust

Let’s look Psalm 20:7once again.  It says:

“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.”

There are way too many believers who are looking to someone other than the Lord for their financial deliverance.

Some trust in chariots (jobs and retirement accounts).

Millions of Americans and other folks around the world are discovering that they can no longer trust in their job to provide the necessary income to pay their bills and care for their family.

It seems that each passing day brings more reports of job losses and layoffs.

There was a time when people based their lives and financial stability on the 40/50/40 plan.  They would work for their employer 40 hours a week for 50 weeks a year for 40 years and then live off the company’s retirement plan.  Those days are history.

Technological advances and the changing global economyhave drastically altered the traditional career path for millions of workers.

The good old days of employment security plans are just that. . .old.  Yesterday is gone FOREVER.

The roller coaster ride of the stock market and rampant fraud among financial advisors has devastated many retirement and investment accounts.

Financial investments have been subjected to demonic magic. . .now you see them, now you don’t.

Our trust can no longer be in our jobs and retirement accounts.  Truthfully, our trust should never have been there in the first place.

Some trust in horses (the federal government).

There are some people who think the federal government and stimulus packages will solve all their financial problems.

It’s not going to happen. . .if the federal government can’t properly manage government housing or the Post Office. . .how are they going to manage banks regardless of who the president is.

This truth is not a political but rather a factual statement.

And remember this. . .the government that’s big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you’ve got.

As believers, our deliverance has never come out of Egypt (the world financial system) and it never will.

Our best hope and the only place we should place our confidence and trust is symbolized by the words found on our money.

In God We Trust.

Psalm 125:1 says:

“They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.”

The Living Bible translation of Psalm 125:1 says we will be “. . . unmoved by any circumstance.”

We’re not moved by circumstances . . . when we trust Him.

First, we must trust God’s Word

Numbers 23:19 in the Amplified Bible says:

“God is not a man, that He should tell or act a lie, neither the son of man, that He should feel repentance or compunction [for what He has promised]. Has He said and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken and shall He not make it good?”

Second, we must trust God’s abilities

Jeremiah 32:27

“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?”

When we trust God. . .we are also trusting His ability to do what He says He will do.

Third, we must trust God’s intentions

Jeremiah 29:11 in the New International Version says:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Fourth, we must trust God’s track record

No record of failure or not doing what He said He will do

2 Timothy 1:7 in the Amplified Bible says:

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.”

Even if you’re feeling the heat of creditors breathing down your back. . .God can bring you out of the fire.  He’s done it before. . .He will do it again.

Daniel 3:28 in The Living Bible says:

“Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, for he sent his angel to deliver his trusting servants when they defied the king’s commandment and were willing to die rather than serve or worship any god except their own.”

There was a fourth man in the fire. . .and regardless what you’re facing. . .there’s a fourth man in the fire with you.  He’s going to bring you out. . .without a hair singed on your head.

Acts 16:25-26 says:

“And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.  And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed.”

You may feel that you’re in an emotional, physical or financial prison. . .but what has you bound is going to shake loose. . .with a Holy Ghost earthquake.

What the enemy meant for harm. . .God is going to turn to good by setting the captives free.

Fifth, trust He will make it up to us. . .everything the enemy has taken from us.

Proverbs 6:31 says:

“But if he [the thief] be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.”

The past month. . .my fine wife Bev and I have been praying for the seven-fold restoration of everything the enemy has stolen from partners of this ministry.  As we’ve laid hands on the responses and prayed over them. . .we’ve felt the hurt. . .the frustration and even in some cases the angry over things stolen.

What we have to focus on. . .is not what we’ve lost but what we’re going to gain in the seven-fold restoration. . .if we only trust in God and His Word.

Job 42:10 in the Amplified Bible says:

“And the Lord turned the captivity of Job and restored his fortunes, when he prayed for his friends; also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.”

Job. . .trusted in God. . .even when it must have felt like he was all alone.  But not only did he trust in God. . .he prayed for his friends.

James 5:11 in The Living Bible says:

“We know how happy they are now because they stayed true to him then, even though they suffered greatly for it. Job is an example of a man who continued to trust the Lord in sorrow; from his experiences we can see how the Lord’s plan finally ended in good, for he is full of tenderness and mercy.”

Trust God. . .trust in His Word. . .and pray for others. . .now, that’s a winning  way to change things in your life.

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