September 1

Psalm 146

“Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help. When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that very day their plans perish.” vss. 3-4

The psalmist had been around the block a time or two and he knew better than to get caught up in the promises of religious or political leaders of any kind. He’d likely heard and seen it all, and understood the ebb and flow of power in his country. We’d do well to have that same nuanced attitude toward those who seek control. Our leaders make their promises and issue proclamations, and millions shout their approval, apparently believing all that they hear. And it’s all so futile! None of those leaders have the slightest notion about what will be! No one does! Obviously things are changing and life will be different in the future than it is now–but predictions, however reasoned they may seem, can only go so far. All that we know for sure is that the current crop of politicians and princes are going to die–none will make it to the next century. Very few will even be remembered! So the psalmist has a point. Why put our trust in any of them? The forces that determine the future of the universe are divine and dynamic, and they are in control.  And because that Divine Presence is the essence of goodness, the future we worry about is going to be just fine! All we need to do is hang on for the ride of our lives!

Thought for the Day: Where do I put my trust?

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