Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Psalm 146 Trusting God, Not Princes

KEY TEXT: Ps 146:3-7 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.

KEY THOT: Instead of putting our trust in princes who are mortal, we are called to put our trust in the God of Jacob who is immortal. Those who trust in the Lord is “blessed” because the God of Jacob "keep faith" with His saints: He ensures we get justice when we are mistreated, food when we go hungry, freedom when we are trapped in the prison of our sinful addictions; sight when we become spiritually blind; courage when we are feeling down and out; safety when we travel; support when we are widowed and orphaned. But “princes” cannot do any of this for us forever—only the eternal God can do it. So, when we trust in the Lord, he will keep faith with us. We are blessed indeed. 

Sometime, it is easier to put our trust in things we can see (people, property and purses) rather than in God whom we cannot see. We rather walk by sight than by faith. But God’s Word consistently commends those who walk by faith and not by sight: “for we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7). Faith is not blind for it sees beyond the visible reality into the invisible reality where God and his angels are. When we walk by sight, we focus on what we can see; when we walk by faith, we focus on what we cannot see—and that is infinitely far more superior and powerful than what we can see with our eyes.

When Elisha's servant saw the Syrian army of horses and chariots surrounding them, he was terrified. Elisha said: "Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them." And Elisha prayed for his eyes to be opened and the servant saw on the mountains surrounding the Syrian army were multitude of angelic horses and chariots of fire.

The real world is not just what is visible. When people trust in “princes” (political figures) for their salvation, their faith is in vain, for these princes will one day die with their plans for greatness. But our God is eternal, unchanging in his power and might and is consistent in his rule of love and justice. We will never be disappointed when we train our eyes to focus on the invisible reality, not just the visible one.

Father, You are the God who is invisible, invincible and infinite. Nothing on earth can compare with You, for only You can keep faith with Your people forever and ever. Amen.

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