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Monday, December 22 2014
Psalm 31: Trust In the LORD
"In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust"
The English words trust and true originated from the same ancient Anglo-Saxon word, trow, which meant to rely on the integrity of someone who is being true to you. The logic is simple - it's impossible to trust someone who you know is untruthful in word or deed. The principle of trust and truth are based upon the Ninth Commandment.
"20:16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour." (Exodus 20:16 KJV)
"Trust" is used to translate a number of original words of the Holy Scriptures, including the Hebrew words pronounced kaw-saw, baw-tawkh, and mib-tawkh - all of which mean to take refuge in. King David expressed his trust of the LORD throughout the Psalms in those and other words that profoundly expressed the reason for trust, not merely trust alone. A few examples:
"9:10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee." (Psalm 9:10 KJV)
Many of the trust in the LORD lessons were learned by David from his exposure to the evil behavior of treacherous, godless men who trusted in their dead-end worldly power. David knew exactly why it's always best to "I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the LORD."
"31:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.
This Day In History, December 22
640: The Saracens under Amrou conquered Alexandria, having invaded Egypt two years earlier.
880: Luoyang, eastern capital of the Tang Dynasty, was captured by the rebel leader Huang Chao during the reign of Emperor Xizong.
1135: Stephen of Blois was crowned as the king of England.
1216: Pope Honorius III approved the establishment of the Order of Preachers, more commonly known as the Dominicans.
1681: New England colonists revoked a 22 year-old ban on Christmas celebrations; the ban on the pagan-based festival was soon observed again (listen to our Sermon The Ho-Ho Hoax).
1715: James Stuart, the "Old Pretender" and claimant to the British throne, landed at Peterhead from exile in France to start a rebellion.
1769: The Sino-Burmese War (1765-1769) ended.
1790: The Turkish fortress of Izmail was captured by Alexander Suvorov and his Russian armies.
1807: The U.S. Congress passed the Embargo Act. While it banned all U.S. trade with all other countries, it was directed primarily at Britain and France. The Act was repealed a few years later due to the devastating effect that isolationism had on the U.S. economy itself i.e. it "defended" jobs and business that were negatively affected by competition from imports, but it destroyed the many U.S. jobs and businesses that were dependent upon exports.
1851: India's first freight train began service in Roorkee, India.
1885: Ito- Hirobumi, a samurai warrior, became the first Prime Minister of Japan.
1894: Alfred Dreyfus, French artillery officer, was convicted of selling secrets to Germany and sentenced to imprisonment on Devils Island. He was completely exonerated in 1906.
1896: An arbitration tribunal in Paris ruled that the Bering Sea (a vast area of the north Pacific Ocean between the continents of Asia and North America was international waters, not a U.S. possession.
1942: After his Nazi air force consistently lost to the Royal Air Force in air combat over Britain, Adolf Hitler signed an order to develop rockets as a weapon that could be safely launched from Europe onto Britain (beginning the modern age of combat-from-a-desk, "push button" no-courage-required warfare).
1968: The 82-man crew of the U.S. spy ship Pueblo were released after being seized by North Korea. The ship itself remains in North Korea to this day.
1988: A Pan Am 747 airliner was blown up by a terrorist bomb over Lockerbie, Scotland. All 295 people on board, and 11 people on the ground, were killed.
1989: A revolution in Romania overthrew communist leader Nicolea Ceausescu after 23 years as president.
1990: Former "Solidarity" union leader Lech Walesa became Poland's President.