Recently, I found a wonderful Bible miracle in conjunction with the importance of, “Trust in the Lord.”
The center chapter of the Bible is Psalms 117, which is also the shortest chapter (two verses) and which should be at the center of our worship:
Ps 117:1 O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.
2 For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise ye the Lord.
You will find there are 594 chapters before and after this chapter: 594 + 594 = 1188; if you now read Ps 118:8, which immediately follows this shortest chapter and the center chapter, “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.”
Psalms 118 also contains the poignant scripture for our day: “22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. 23 This is the Lord’s doing, it is marvelous in our eyes. 24 This is the day which the Lord had made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” And this is profoundly explained in JST Matt. 21:42-56.
“Trust in the Lord” is the center message of the Bible, which immediately follows the center chapter. Now it is interesting that Palms 118 is not only preceded by the center chapter and the shortest chapter (2 verses), but it is followed by the Longest chapter (Ps 119 with eight verses for each of the 22 Hebrew letters = 176 verses)
One of the long standing favorites of most Christians is Proverb 3:5: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding”.
As a Christian nation, this verse has been one of the mainstay counsels of our belief system. However, in recent years, secularism has attacked the basic fiber of our spiritual foundation, thereby usurping our longstanding Christian beliefs and values.
As Christians, we need to stand firm in our trust in the Lord, Jesus Christ, so we may be counted among the faithful and be lifted up to dwell in His kingdom.
The Book of Mormon
The Book of Mormon amplifies beautifully on this center message of the Bible. In the 1953 addition of the Book of Mormon, there is a footnote (p) in conjunction with Mosiah 23:22 with 12 scripture references.
Nevertheless—whosoever putteth his trust in him the same shall be lifted up at the last day. (p) Yea, and thus it was with this people.
Because of the importance of this message, I have studied these references, and have kept this message in my heart over the years. I share with you the following as a synopsis of my studies:
Those who trust in the Lord shall be lifted up at the last day and have eternal life in celestial realms of glory.
Alma tells us in Mosiah 23:22 “Nevertheless—whosoever putteth his trust in him the same shall be lifted up at the last day.” In other words, they shall have eternal life in celestial realms of glory.
Those who help to build up Zion in our day have the same promise as Nephi relates:
1 Nephi 13:37 And blessed are they who shall seek to bring forth my Zion at that day, for they shall have the gift and the power of the Holy Ghost; and if they endure unto the end they shall be lifted up at the last day, and shall be saved in the everlasting kingdom of the Lamb; and whoso shall publish peace, yea, tidings of great joy, how beautiful upon the mountains shall they be.
As Nephi laments over the hardness of the hearts of Laman and Lemuel, he also assures us of the promise to the righteous:
1 Nephi 16:2 And it came to pass that I said unto them that I knew that I had spoken hard things against the wicked, according to the truth; and the righteous have I justified, and testified that they should be lifted up at the last day; wherefore, the guilty taketh the truth to be hard, for it cutteth them to the very center.
Alma the younger, after turning his life around with angelic assistance, shares with his son, Helaman: Alma 36:28 “And I know that he will raise me up at the last day, to dwell with him in glory; yea, and I will praise him forever, …”
After Jesus finishes the Sermon on the Mount with the Nephites, he shares the promise:
3 Nephi 15:1 And now it came to pass that when Jesus had ended these sayings he cast his eyes round about on the multitude, and said unto them: Behold, ye have heard the things which I taught before I ascended to my Father; therefore, whoso remembereth these sayings of mine and doeth them, him will I raise up at the last day.
As you read 3 Nephi 27:13-22 you will see it is the best synopsis of the gospel in all of scripture, and the Savior concludes with this great promise to those who live it: “Therefore, if ye do these things blessed are ye, for ye shall be lifted up at the last day.”
Mormon laments over the wickedness of his people, but has the great assurance of eternal life to sustain him during this most trying time in his life:
Mormon 2:19 And wo is me because of their wickedness; for my heart has been filled with sorrow because of their wickedness, all my days; nevertheless, I know that I shall be lifted up at the last day.
The Savior through the Brother of Jared reaches out to us:
Ether 4:18 Therefore, repent all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me, and believe in my gospel, and be baptized in my name; for he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned; and signs shall follow them that believe in my name.
19 And blessed is he that is found faithful unto my name at the last day, for he shall be lifted up to dwell in the kingdom prepared for him from the foundation of the world. And behold it is I that hath spoken it. Amen.
So you see, if we truly “Trust in the Lord,” we will be lifted up at the last day and we are guaranteed eternal life in celestial realms of glory. You can see why I have been so excited in doing and sharing this study around the phrase, trust in the Lord.
David W Allan