This has always been another of my favorite psalms and songs. In a time of great trouble (when was David ever NOT in trouble), he sang,
My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. (1-2)
The thing that strikes me is the words, “in God alone.” David had lived long enough to realize that people are not always faithful. That things like money and wealth cannot always be depended upon.
Lowborn men are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie; if weighed on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath. Do not trust in extortion or take pride in stolen goods; though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them. (9-10)
In other words, it doesn’t matter if people are great or small; you cannot always lean on them. Sometimes they will betray you. But even if they never do, death claims us all. The day will come when you will have to learn to stand without them.
And though money, whether honestly or dishonestly gotten by, can seem to buy happiness for a while, it too will eventually leave you empty.
So David says I do not put my trust or hope in these things. Instead, he says,
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. (5)
And he tells us as well,
Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. (8)
Where do you place your trust? In people? In wealth? In yourself? All of these are false refuges. And in the end, they will fail us. There is only one place, one person worthy of our trust. And so David closes by saying,
One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving. Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done. (11-12)
Let us place our trust in the one who will never fail.