“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. 4Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:” Isaiah 26.3-4
When someone uses the word trust, we often ask ourselves, “Why should I?” The word trust occurs two times in these two short verses. In one phrase we read: “Trust ye in the LORD for ever … ” Generally speaking, when we are asked to “trust” someone, we carefully consider the object of trust.
V. 3 tells us, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” I wonder if we can visualize the concept of our minds being “stayed” on someone? Can you remember when you were attracted to someone and all you could think about was him or her? When you were with them, you couldn’t keep your eyes off them. In some small way that may illustrate this idea of being “stayed” on someone.
In exchange for having our mind stayed on the Lord, He promises us “perfect peace.” Sometimes when our trust is placed in another human, we are deeply disappointed with their behavior. But when our mind is “stayed” on the Lord, we will never be disappointed. We literally can “trust” in Him without fear of failure or disappointment.
V. 4 states: “Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:” Again, when we ask ourselves why we should trust Him, we are told that “the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:” The Eternal Self Existent One is our everlasting strength. We are admonished that we can trust Him forever. If we can have confidence enough to trust Him forever, surely we can receive from Him what we need to serve Him, and that is “everlasting strength.” Don’t try to accomplish in your own strength what can only be accomplished when we make Him our everlasting strength. Just my thoughts …