We can never "cover all the bases" to avoid mishaps, pain, and problems. Jeff is in India ... I'm trusting he'll return safely. Both of the kids will be in high school next week ... I'm trusting they'll choose friends wisely and be safe in a crowded high school. Our oldest is driving off on her own, daily. Every time of life requires trust. How are you having to "trust" in your season?
New seasons and unexpected events stretch our trust. "Princes" of the Old Testament are leaders of governments today. So many who put their faith and trust in human leaders are reeling with the recent plunge of the financial markets and the conflict in governments around the world. They're men just like us.
Ultimately we can only put our trust in God. Only He can carry that load.
Psalm 146 shares a key statement, a command, with all of the last Psalms in the book: 146-150. "Praise the Lord!" It comes from the Hebrew word "Hallelu - yah," with the "yah" referring to Jehovah, the one true God. After declaring the intention to praise the one true God as long as he lives, the Psalmist gives us a warning and then the reasons behind it.(Read the 10 verse Psalm 146 here.)
Warning: "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" (vv.3-4).
Reasons why God is worthy of trust: He is creator, provider, liberator, and healer, the God who is perfect, just, compassionate, enduring, perfect, and holy. (vv.5-10)
"Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God" (v.5). He is our help and our hope. God is worthy of our trust.
- Unlike man ... There IS salvation in God.
- Unlike man ... His breath will never depart from Him.
- Unlike man ... He will never become dust.
- Unlike man ... His plans will never perish.
I'm feeling stretched by the way life is changing and the events of the week. I know You deserve to be trusted, and I want to put my confidence in You. Thank you for being my help and my hope, someone I can totally depend on. Whew! That feels better.