Psalm 146 – Only In God We Trust
Updated: Aug 26, 2019
Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, my soul.
I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.
Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God.
He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them - He remains faithful forever.
He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free,
the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but He frustrates the ways of the wicked.
The Lord reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the Lord.
We often trust in fellow men, to varying degrees, to help us and save us. Men will always fail us, perhaps not now, but somehow someday, it’ll eventually happen. We aren’t really that surprised because we know we aren’t perfect either. How could one trust another fully when both parties know they’re not perfect? That’s why the Psalmist exhorted, “do not put your trust in princes, in human beings”. They “cannot save” us for they will die too, and “their plans come to nothing”.
Instead, when our “hope is in the Lord”, we will be blessed. He is powerful, the “Maker of heaven and earth”, and He “remains faithful forever”. How blessed do you think you’ll be when you trust in someone with your best interest at heart and has the power to make things happen? When we trust in the Lord, everything makes sense again.
God takes care of the forgotten, the unnoticeable, those who fall through the cracks. He “upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry”, and He “watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow”. He rights the wrongs that society makes, meets the needs of the neglected. Do you forget those who face injustice and are in need? Are you the one who is in that situation? Be assured because God has got your back.
It is an incredible relief that the Lord “sets prisoners free” and “gives sight to the blind”. We are the prisoners, trapped by our sins with no chance of escape; and we are the spiritually blind, unable to see the glory of God or figure out our lives. We will always be trapped and blind, unless God frees us and opens up the eyes of our hearts. But do we realise our condition? Have we grown accustomed to our deplorable state? When we are “bowed down” in humility and realise our need for Him, He will lift us up.
God “loves the righteous” and “frustrates the way of the wicked”. Do you want to be loved by God or frustrated by Him? To be righteous is to be faithful and trust in Him. Be like the “fatherless” and the “widow” in your desire for a relationship that will protect you and provide for you. God is the Father and the Husband, and He longs to love you.
When we are able to come to this understanding, we can praise Him all day long, and sing praises to God all our lives. It is worth it.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people. (Ephesians 1:18)
Andy is the head of compliance for an international bank and is happily married, with three daughters. He became a disciple of Christ three decades ago, and studies God's Word passionately. He desires to be constantly led by the Spirit.