It is better to take refuge in Yahweh than to trust in flesh.
It is better to take refuge in Yahweh than to trust in rulers.
Middle class Americans are worried about their stock portfolios, retirements, and home mortages.
Others are worried about what they will eat today, what they will wear as winter draws near.
Republicans wring their hands in worry over a future Obama administration and Democrats are terrified that McCain-Palin might actually win.
Others suffer under oppressive regimes without freedom of speech or religion.
Americans worry about the escalating cost of health care and the inconvenience of waiting roooms.
Others watch their children die from polluted water and the inaccessibility of medical care.
In whom or what do we Americans trust? Our economic investments–our treasures laid up on earth? Our political leaders–human counsel and direction? Our military–in our “horses and chariots”? Our constitution–human wisdom and governance?
Trusting in our own resources and rulers generates fear because our resources and rulers are feeble and fallible. When we trust in ourselves, fear will ultimately arise because we know our own faults and have seen enough of our own history. We, therefore, are either uneasy with ourselves or we are self-righteous in our confidence. Life ultimately reminds us that we are powerless over our futures. We are not in control.
Trusting in God, however, roots out fear. Trusting his love removes the shame of past failures and the fear of future realities, whatever they may be. Recognizing God’s sovereingty–his power over all things–roots out fear. Such trust is a process–never perfectly embraced but hopefully progressively learned and lived.
Believers who become so emeshed in political and economic worries, so emeshed that their hearts are filled with fear over the future and their words are peppered with derision, believe in something other than the God of the Story who loves, rules and wins.
Lest we fear, let us remember that our Father is in heaven–he is the transcendent sovereign lover, and he knows the way we take–he “knows” not only in the sense of cognition but in the sense of care, empathy, and compassion. This is the God we trust.
At the same time, while we do not trust in our own resources or rulers, we also recognize our call to co-rule this world with God and co-create the future with him. We are not isolationists but participants. We pursue mercy, justice and faithfulness, but we leave the results with God.
Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal humans, who cannot save…
Blessed are those whose help is in the God of Jacob, whose hope is in Yahweh their God.
Yahweh reigns forever.
Psalm 146:3, 5, 10
Suggestion: Read the whole Psalm to see the hope!
Here it is just in case you don’t have the time to search for it…..Praise the LORD!
1 Praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD, O my soul.
2 I will praise the LORD all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
3 Do not put your trust in princes,
in mortal men, who cannot save.
4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
on that very day their plans come to nothing.
5 Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the LORD his God,
6 the Maker of heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them—
the LORD, who remains faithful forever.
7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed
and gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets prisoners free,
8 the LORD gives sight to the blind,
the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down,
the LORD loves the righteous.
9 The LORD watches over the alien
and sustains the fatherless and the widow,
but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.
10 The LORD reigns forever,
your God, O Zion, for all generations.
Praise the LORD.