December 20 @ Psalms 146-148

Psalms 146-148 (NLT link) 

Discover His heart: He delights in those who put their hope in Him

My husband tells the story of watching a television program a few years ago of Congress interviewing the smartest man in the world.  Congressmen were trying to figure out how the bottom fell out of our economy in the United States, and they brought in Alan Greenspan, then Chairman of the Federal Reserve, to question.

After much pontification, they finally put the question to Mr. Greenspan, “How did this happen?”  And the smartest man in the world and one of the most powerful men in the financial world replied with all seriousness, “I don’t know.”  Tom got a good laugh out of that.  Our Psalms today give us a clue as to who we can depend on and who we can’t. 

@ Psalm 146
“Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there.  When they breathe their last, they return to the earth, and all their plans die with them.” (3-4)  This writer in Psalms understood the risk involved in placing our trust for the future in powerful people.  Paul wrote about it to the Corinthians, “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.  We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.” (I Corinthians 2:4-6)  There is only one power in which we should place our confidence and trust, and that is God’s forever power. 

@ Psalm 147
“Praise the Lord! How good to sing praises to our God! How delightful and how fitting!… He takes no pleasure in the strength of a horse or in human might.  No, the Lord’s delight is in those who fear him, those who put their hope in his unfailing love.” (1,10-11)  The Lord is delighted by our trust and confidence in His unfailing love, and this response to Him on our part comes with a promise.  “Trust in the Lord and do good.  Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord.  Trust him, and he will help you.” (Psalm 37:3-5)  We delight in Him, He delights in us and gives us our heart’s desires.

It makes us wonder why we would trust in the establishments of this world, in the smartest men of our day or any human wisdom that is coming to nothing.  God is the one who “Heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds…whose power is absolute…whose understanding is beyond comprehension…” (3,5-6)  God is the one to trust today to meet our needs, to heal our bodies and to protect our homes. “How good to sing praises to our God!  How delightful and how fitting! (1) 

Moving Forward:  I’m placing my confidence today in the only One who can be trusted, He will delight in me, and I will sing praise to our God. 

Tomorrow @ Song of Solomon 5-6

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