Trusting in Jehovah

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Psalms 37:3:
Trust in the LORD {Jehovah}, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

Trusting in the LORD, Jehovah is the first step in receiving (from our God) the true inner desires of our hearts. Without trust, we cannot really believe in Jehovah to answer our prayers. Thou shalt be fed means that the LORD supplies our personal needs, and it is His delight to do so “according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

Psalms 37:4:
Delight thyself also in the LORD {Jehovah}; and he shall {absolutely} give thee the desires of thine heart.

First, we trust in the LORD, and secondly, we delight also in the LORD, and because of our delight, joy, and excitement, it will be Jehovah’s pleasure to give us the desires of our hearts. The above Scripture not only informs us that Jehovah will give us the desires of our heart, but that He also can place a desire into our hearts, and then shows us how to receive and achieve our goals.

You see, there are times in life when we may not even know the best way to turn; often we are not even sure of our talents, or why we were put on this Earth, let alone have the desire to accomplish goals. However, Psalms 37:4 reveals that Jehovah can even give us the desires of thine heart meaning that He will first give us an actual desire, and then He will inspire us with focus and direction to start us on an action path so that our desires can come to pass.

Trust this, the LORD Jehovah will never give you a desire that you are unable to pursue in life, rather it will be something that specifically you will love to do and you will love to fulfill the full potential of that desire.

Psalms 37:5-6:
-5: Commit thy way unto the LORD {Jehovah}; trust also in him; and he shall bring it {the desires of thine heart} to pass.
-6: And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

Thy righteousness as the light means that you will feel wonderful and totally deserving and shining with effervescence because you will receive the desires of your heart and truly enjoy them. Thy judgment as the noonday means that because you indeed did trust, delight, and commit your ways unto Jehovah, you are entitled and completely deserving to receive the desires of your heart from Him.

When Jehovah gives you the desires of your heart, you will know without a doubt that you are living in the warmth of the light of Jehovah’s noonday, in the sweet spot of life being in the favor of the LORD, for then you will be enjoying the abundance of His blessings!

Psalms 37:40:
And the LORD {Jehovah} shall help them {believers}, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.

In the Old Testament times since Moses, Israel began to truly understand that God wanted a real heartfelt relationship with them so intimate that they would know him as Jehovah. Moses partnered with Jehovah and led Israel into the Promised Land of milk and honey.

Deuteronomy 8:7-9:
-7: For the LORD {Jehovah} thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills;
-8: A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey;
-9: A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass.

Jehovah helped Israel by parting the Red Sea and allowed them to pass through on dry ground (Exodus 14:21-22).

Jehovah’s personal relationship with Israel was so palatable that when they believed on His presence, He helped Israel by feeding them with manna (Exodus 16:35, and in Psalms 78:25, manna is called, “angel’s food”).

Jehovah helped Israel by giving them quail in abundance (Numbers 11:31-32), and He gave water that flowed abundantly from desert rocks (Exodus 17:6).

Jehovah helped Israel by proving to them that He was watching over and protecting them, by surrounding them with the physical signs such as the cloud in the daytime and a wall of fire in the nighttime as evidence of His presence (Exodus 13:22).

Often at night in Sinai, the temperatures could drop down to below freezing, and the wall of fire gave the children of Israel not only a feeling of protection but also warmth. As well, the cloud by day would keep the soaring heat down, which normally rises to an average of 120 degrees Fahrenheit. We suspect that every place Israel walked for forty years maintained a constant and comfortable seventy two degrees, night and day, this in a land that was considered as hot as a sweltering iron furnace: “In the day that I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace” (Deuteronomy 4:20, Jeremiah 11:4).

The children of Israel began knowing Jehovah and His personal help, daily seeing His wondrous works (Psalms 105:38-45).

Jehovah’s relationship with them became so magnanimous that He even kept their clothes and shoes mended (Deuteronomy 29:5), and sickness almost became a forgotten memory during the entire forty-year journey over to the Promised Land of milk and honey (Psalms 105:37), and this was their reward for partaking in the LORD’S Passover.

Nehemiah 9:21:
Yea, forty years didst thou {Jehovah} sustain them in the wilderness, so that they lacked nothing; their clothes waxed not old, and their feet swelled not.

Yet Moses even with his great understanding of Jehovah, only had glimpses and shadows of his Savior to teach, and this was true with all of the Old Testament Prophets who taught and wrote the Scriptures. Each Prophet added more unique revelation of the coming one, and Jesus did fulfill all their combined foresights of revelation in the Gospel age relating to his first coming, and paved the way for his second coming as the Lord of lords and King of kings.

Today in comparison, we have the benefit of having in our possession the whole of the Old Testament, the Gospels, and New Testament.

In the first century, with the personal presence of Jesus Christ, he finally and fully declared God’s wonderful name, and showed Israel the ultimate manifestation of Jehovah’s loving relationship through his own life’s example. Jesus was the representative of Jehovah’s heart and love (John 3:16) beyond what anyone ever knew, and today we are certainly blessed:

Matthew 13:16-17:
-16: {Jesus is speaking} But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear {emphasis supplied}.
-17: For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men {in the Old Testament times} have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them {while today we see and hear}.

As Israel recognized and experienced the presence of Jehovah in the Old Testament times, we today may experience a continual relationship with Him. Jesus, being much like Moses who was a deliverer of the chosen of God, is a much greater deliverer, for he enabled anyone, anywhere in the entire world who would simply believe to receive eternal life.

What inestimable value and benefit to know for a surety that we not only have eternal life but also our reserved seating at heaven’s throne!

Jesus (who is already at the throne, interceding for us) is the subject of Scripture; he is our true spiritual fountain of life-giving water offered by Jehovah. Jesus reveals the caretaking qualities of God as Jehovah to the searching hearts of men and women who come to Jehovah through him.

Deuteronomy – Revealing Our Prophet

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Deuteronomy 18:15 – The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me {Moses}; unto him shall ye hearken;

Moses, the man of God, foretold of another man who would be a Prophet similar to Moses in many ways, one who would lead God’s people into the true Promised Land, and deliver them from the bondage of sin.

Moses gave the children of Israel manna, the prophesied Prophet would give the bread of life.

Moses inaugurated the Passover; the prophesied Prophet would be the true Passover.

Moses was their shepherd; the prophesied Prophet was the “good shepherd” leading God’s people into deliverance.

Moses ruled over the house of Israel showing them God’s protection surrounding them with a pillar of fire by night and a cloud by day; the prophesied Prophet gave them the way, the truth, and the life into the eternal protection of God.

Moses made the tabernacle in the wilderness; the prophesied Prophet gave himself as the true tabernacle which the Lord pitched and not man, and exchanged his life for ours, the righteous one for the unrighteous ones.

Moses provided the Law; the prophesied Prophet fulfilled the Law and redeemed humanity from the law of sin and death.

Moses interceded between God and Israel; the prophesied Prophet interceded and spiritually brought humanity up to the threshold at the throne of heaven, to Him Who dwells there, and to Him Who freely blesses us with all spiritual blessings.

Deuteronomy 30:11-14:
-11: For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.
-12: It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
-13: Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
-14: But the word {God’s Word} is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.

God’s healing Word is so very close that Moses said that it is “in thy mouth, and in thy heart.” Yet, God seems so far off for so many people, some think He perhaps is in heaven; however, that no one can reach up to Him. But today in God’s grace as we discover the preached Word that is so very close to us, and as we believe on Jesus and confess in his resurrection, our inner quest for God becomes a reality because God’s Word is now in our hearts.

Our Prophet Jesus Christ meets us at a point that is further than halfway. Jesus brings the wonderful healing Word of God into our very hearts so that we may simply believe to receive the righteousness and graces of God.

Romans 10:6-9:
-6: But the righteousness which is of faith {believing faith} speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
-7: Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
-8: But what saith it {Deuteronomy 30 above)? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
-9: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Here the prophesied Prophet, Jesus Christ has fulfilled the hope of all humanity by giving us his righteous faith so that we can believe unto salvation.