Don’t Trust “Princes”

Put not your trust in prices, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.  His breath goeth forth, he returned to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.

Psalm 146:3-4

In the Bible, the term “princes” refers to those who have political authority over us.  Now, personally, I enjoy studying and discussing politics and economics.  Being a history teacher, I am interested in the way governments work and in the history of politics.  And, from reading these verses (and others like them), it seems that little has changed in the realm of politics since the Bible was written thousands of years ago.

We are told to “put not our trust in princes…”  How often have we been disappointed by politicians?  Has anyone ever heard a politician say something while campaigning and then seen him change his mind once he got into office?  Has a politician ever broken a promise?  Of course, the answer to these questions is a resounding “yes.”  But that should not disturb us too much because we are not to be putting our trust in politicians.

And it goes even beyond politicians: we are not to put our trust in any other people, either “…nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.”  When you look around, other people are struggling with the same problems that we are.  However, there is one Person to whom we can turn for help.  There is One that we can most definitely trust.

Verse 5 goes on to say “Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help…”  That describes us!  We can trust in the Lord.  We can have the God of Jacob for our help.  And, knowing that can make us happy even when others around us are disappointing us!  What a comfort to have God Himself helping us.  As we come up on another year of elections and campaigning, let us remember to make sure that our trust is in the Lord, not in the politicians!

3 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks Ben

    As I read, I remembered a Sunday School song…it’s not the chariots or the horses (or the princes…), it’s the name of the Lord that will support and sustain us. “The God of Jacob is our refuge.”

    Thanks for the reminder.

    Blessings,
    ann

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  2. It seems like if we trust in people at too deep of a level, then we also blame them when they turn out to just be people like us and fail. Thank you for helping us trust in the One who never fails!

    Reply

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