Who Do You Trust?
Psalm 146 (NRSV)-
Praise for God’s Help
1 Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! 2 I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God all my life long. 3 Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help. 4 When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that very day their plans perish. 5 Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God, 6 who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever; 7 who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free; 8 the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous. 9 The Lord watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin. 10 The Lord will reign forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the Lord!
Have you ever noticed that when times are tough and we are vulnerable, often, our first response is to turn to others for help?
People are great and they want to help, but we are only human. And, as humans, despite our genuine intentions, we disappoint, fail, and let one another down.
In Psalm 143, the Psalmist refers to our human condition when he writes, “Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help.” We will always have the potential to fail one another, even when we have the best intentions. God, on the other hand, never fails.
God is our help and He is our hope. He is our healer. He is our provider. He is our King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is our strength. And through it all, “The Lord will reign forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations.”
When times are tough, things go wrong, or our expectations are not met, we ask God “Why?” Then, we turn to everyone else for advice on what to do. And, there is nothing wrong with asking God why or seeking wise counsel. But, if we put all of our hope in other people, our trust is misplaced.
Today, if we found ourselves in a tough position, let’s trust God by prayerfully placing our hope in him, knowing that he never fail or disappoint us.
Father God, we know that you will never let us down. We know that your intentions are perfect. We know that you always exceed our expectations. And, we know that you will never disappoint or fail us. So, through the unfailing love of Jesus Christ, please guide us to place our hope and trust in you. In His name, we pray. Amen!