Psalm 146 — The God who is trustworthy

So many times in this life, people let us down.  We look to them to help us and support us, but they leave us hung out to dry.

And so the psalmist here writes,

Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save.  (3)

So often in Israel’s and Judah’s history, they put their trust in the surrounding countries and their kings to be their protection against their enemies, instead of putting their faith in God.  The result?  They were either ultimately betrayed or disappointed by the ones they put their trust in.

And so what the prophets consistently told these kings, the psalmist writes here.

Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them — the LORD, who remains faithful forever.  (5-6)

But God not only watches over the kings and their nations, he watches over all who love him, but are hurting.  He’s with the oppressed, the hungry, the captive, the blind, the alien, the fatherless, and the widow.  And though they may suffer on this earth, he never leaves them lonely.  What’s more, he promises to always meet their needs.

Like I said yesterday, while he is an infinite God, he is also an intimate God who truly cares for those he has created.

So if you are hurting, or even if you’re not, let us draw near to this infinite, but intimate God.  And remember what Isaiah said.

The one who trusts will never be dismayed.  (Isaiah 28:16)

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About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: crossroad-web.com 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください: crossroad-web.com
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