Trust In Princes?

Psalm 146:3-4

Put not your trust in princes,
    in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
When his breath departs, he returns to the earth;
    on that very day his plans perish.

“Put not your trust in princes”, words to live by, especially in this day and age.

All the princes of today, all of our “leaders”, our “representatives”, are telling us to put our trust in them.  But we should realize they are anything but trust worthy.  They say trust us, we will make your life better, we know what is best for you.  To listen and believe this rhetoric, no matter who it comes from, is pure folly.  As David writes there is no salvation.

What is salvation?  According to the Merriam Webster dictionary it is:

  • Preservation or deliverance from harm, ruin or loss.

Isn’t that what they promise? We will deliver your from harm, we will protect you and watch over you, we will look out for you, that is our motive.  That isn’t their motive.  They don’t get down in the mud and wrestle with all the pigs for our salvation.

Let’s look at definition number two:

  • Deliverance of sin and its consequences.

There is no salvation given by the princes for sin and its consequences.  They want you to believe there is no sin and there are no consequences.

As we become more knowledgeable and enlightened about these princes, as the man behind the curtain is revealed to us, the princes begin to treat us as whores.  They offer us money and profess a utopia to be had by all in exchange for our freedom, our lives and our soul.  Sadly many of us fall for it.

David knew of this thousands of years ago.  It was true then and it is true now.  And this is why governments want to do away with religion.  David tells us, do not put your trust in these people, do not put your trust in government.  They are humans and your salvation is not their priority.  It is not on their agenda of things to do.

David goes on to add this caveat.  Even if the prince is good, just, honorable and righteous (good luck with that), one day they will be gone and with them all their honor and righteousness.

So where do we place our trust?  David tells us in verse 5:

Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
    whose hope is in the Lord his God

We put our trust in the Lord.

How do we put our trust in the Lord?  By having God in our hearts and living a righteous life.  It’s a simple concept but very hard to execute and requires much work.

Many of us prefer the prince who tells us our salvation will come without a price.  That is false, there is a price to pay for everything in this universe.  It’s part of the balance of the universe.

Why put your trust in the Lord? Why put God in your heart and live a righteous life?  David tells us in verse 10:

The Lord will reign forever,
    your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the Lord!

God in your heart will always be there as long as you make room.  With God in your heart, you then put the trust in yourself and within lies your salvation.

© Otis P Smith and About the Groove, 2018. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Otis P Smith and About the Groove with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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