Psalm 146:3,4 “Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.”
This psalm praises God the maker of heaven and earth and encourages us to put our hope in Him. In fact if we keep our focus on Him and what He does for the righteous we can’t help but praise Him. He is so wonderful.
If we put our trust in men, we will be disappointed and most likely deeply wounded. Paul addresses this in 1 Corinthians when he says there are some who are saying they are of Apollos, others of Cephas and then others of Paul. He asks them if they are not mere men. In verse 7 of chapter 3 he says: “So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.” Paul also said in chapter 2 that he did not come in wise and persuasive words but with the power of God. Why? So that our faith would be based on the power of God and not upon the philosophies of men! Every decade these philosophies change but He who saved us changes not.
There is a tendency with us to be impressed by flash and cash. For example ponzi schemes, which are illusions of huge returns on investments, are a prime example of putting your trust in a man. Many people are financially devastated after being sucked in by these plans.
The psalmist recognizes the folly of trusting men. In verse 5 he says: “Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God”. No matter how tempting the offer or how brilliant the presentation our hope always has to be in Him. Praise for the Lord will keep our trust in the right place.
Prayer: “Father, I trust you. I will rejoice in your salvation and your faithfulness to all who believe in you. Amen.”