His Heart Trusts Her
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I will say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust" (Psalm 91:2 NAS).

To trust (Batach-#982) means to confide in or set one's hope and confidence upon anyone (Gesenius' Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon to the Old Testament). In Scripture, the word refers both to faith that is placed foolishly and to faith that is placed wisely. Clearly, the object of one's trust determines the peril or the safety into which one enters through the act of trusting.

As to foolishly-placed trust, the Old Testament usages of Batach show a host of things in which people should not trust:  Egypt, its gods and kings; graven images; man, the arm of flesh, and friends; bows, swords, horses and chariots; fenced cities, lying words, robbery, and perversity; one's riches; and one's own wisdom, knowledge, strength, heart, and self, to name a few.  All these disappoint the hope put in them.

As to wisely-placed trust, all but one of the uses of this Hebrew word point to people putting their trust directly in the Lord God, His Name, His Word, His mercy and salvation.  That is why a second meaning of Batach is "to be secure, to fear nothing for oneself" (Gesenius), for "whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe (Proverbs 29:25 KJV).

But the one atypical usage of Batach stands out, for it involves placing trust in someone other than God and still being safe and blessed:

The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life (Proverbs 31:11-12 NAS).

Compare this verse about the husband of a God-fearing wife with the following:

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped (Psalm 28:7 NAS).

God intends for a husband to trust his wife.  It means actively and voluntarily opening his heart and inner self to her, confiding in and putting his confidence in her, and entrusting his life into her hands, much as he would to God.  It makes him vulnerable, touchable, accessible, but it honors his wife and God, and it releases her to truly be his helper.  Although God intends for a husband to do this, men fear it and struggle against it.  In our counseling, we often help men to learn to trust their wives, and wives to learn to do their husbands good and not evil.

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