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Who Can you Trust?

April 29, 2021 | John Rowe

In our culture, there are many distractions and voices that are attempting to lure us away from Jesus.  When we succumb to any of these things our hearts can grow weary, anxious, confused, and/or angry.  When I get into this state, I realize this spirit is not from God. This drives me to the source of truth, the word of God.

Psalm 146, which is quoted and sometimes at least alluded to in the New Testament, is a helpful resource for putting these things in perspective and pointing to the One we can fully trust.

 “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. 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. 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. 10 The Lord will reign forever, your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the Lord!”

Just a few thoughts I have found helpful from this passage; verse 3 - tells us not to put our trust (faith/hope) - for peace, contentment, salvation, and protection in “princes“ or in any other man. Of course, the NT teaches us that kings, princes, and presidents are important – and are to be obeyed and prayed for as long as our faith will not be compromised. Verse 4 - Whatever significance/influence that man may seem to have will perish at his death. Verse 5 – those who trust God will be blessed (Ps 118:8-9). And then, in Vss. 6 thru 10 - the author tells us why we can have confidence and trust in Him alone.

  • He is the creator of everything! (Colossians 1)
  • He keeps faith forever – He can be trusted to do what He says he will do.
  • He executes justice for the oppressed, gives food to the hungry, sets prisoners free, and opens the eyes of the blind. He lifts up those who are bowed down (humble). He loves the righteous. He is watching over the widow and the fatherless.  He sees and is involved in and cares about virtually every area of life (See Isa. 61, also Luke 4:16-22).
  • We can trust that in His perfect timing these promises will happen for those He has made righteous. Trust/ faith comes in here because we may have to wait for eternity for fulfillment.
  • We need not be concerned about the wicked – in the end, the Lord will bring them to ruin.
  • The Lord God reigns forever, as opposed to princes, politicians, various heroes, and others who will one day perish.

The Psalm is bookended by the phrase “praise the Lord!”  What other response could we have to the character of God represented here! The truths of this Psalm are affirmed in the entirety of the scriptures. Who do you trust?