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Psalm 146 tells us not to put our hope in princes. I know I’ve been guilty of overlooking the very next line in the Psalm. Why don’t we put our hope in princes? Is it because they let us down? Because a governmental solution won’t take care of everything? Is it because they are less powerful than some other princes? Not at all.
All their plans end with them. The benefit we receive from political solutions is fleeting. The care we receive from powerful people will come to an end. It’s there one moment, but it may be gone the next moment. That’s why we don’t put our hope in princes. They are not permanent.
God, on the other hand, is permanent. He never ends and he never changes. His loving care for his people lasts to eternity, long past the time of our earthly life. It is God who is able to do all these works of justice that we want so very much. He is able to do them in this generation and for generations to come. He’s the one who provides for the needy. He’s the one who rescues prisoners and helps those who are oppressed. He’s the one who can bring healing. He’s the one who delivers the truth we need.
The Christian turns to God the Father through God the Son, Jesus, in the power of God the Holy Spirit. We trust in this one true, triune God, who is able to care for all our earthly trials. He has already shown himself victorious over sin and death. There is nothing left to conquer.
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