No trust in princes, Psalm 146

After two great sermons yesterday from Philippians that stressed our need to delight in Christ and imitate his servant attitude, my spirit rejoices as Psalm 146 conveys delight and trust in the Lord as our only hope.

The psalm begins, as so many do, with a rousing call of praise:

Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul!
I will praise the LORD as long as I live;

   I will sing praises to my God while I have my being (Psalm 146:1-2, ESV).

The psalmist clearly declares the folly of trusting in any mortal man:

Put not your trust in princes,
    in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
When his breath departs, he returns to the earth;
   on that very day his plans perish (3-4, ESV).

The psalmist contrasts that foolishly misplaced trust with wisely placed trust in the one and only sovereign God who created all things and continues to rule over all things.

Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
   whose hope is in the LORD his God,
who made heaven and earth,
   the sea, and all that is in them,
who keeps faith forever;
who executes justice for the oppressed,
   who gives food to the hungry.

The LORD sets the prisoners free;
    the LORD opens the eyes of the blind.
The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;
    the LORD loves the righteous.
The LORD watches over the sojourners;
    he upholds the widow and the fatherless,
   but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin (5-9, ESV).

Notice the action verbs of God’s continued providence. He executes justice, gives food, sets free, opens eyes, lifts up, loves, watches over, and upholds. All these things he does for the oppressed and suffering righteous. But he brings the wicked to ruin.

God reigns now and to all generations (10, ESV):

The LORD will reign forever,
   your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the LORD!

Believers do not trust in mortal leaders; we trust only in the immortal Lord. May he grant you today the ability to delight in him and trust him for every good thing!

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