Tuesday, February 2, 2010

"Let" and "Put" - Not the same

"But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield." - Psalm 5:11-12 (KJV)
Two biblical terms to understand: "Let" and "Put" - One is to not prevent something that would automatically happen if allowed, the other is to cause something to happen, as an act of will and intent, which would not automatically occur.

We dare not confuse the two.

To "rejoice", here in the original language, means "to brighten up" and goes along with shouting for Joy; an emotional high or exuberance that is felt and expressed. The rejoicing is "LET", not "put"; it is a natural occurrence for a particular act.

"Trust", on the other hand, must be "PUT" somewhere. It won't automatically happen without a choice.

I think the reason some are depressed and distraught most of the time is because they "LET" their trust fall where it may while trying to "PUT" joy in their lives.

By God's grace I shall "LET" my joy occur as I "PUT" my trust in Christ, who is My Redeemer, My Defender, My Wisdom, the Great "I am", who surrounds me with favor like it was a shield.

- Fritz.

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