Yesterday we talked about the importance of having a firm foundation; the need to build your life on Jesus and not people or things. Today we follow that up with Psalm 146. This psalm is a beautiful hymn that begins by telling us why we should not put our confidence in other people (verses 1-4) and ends by telling us that God is completely trustworthy and reliable (verses 5-10). It is okay to believe in people, institutions or governments, but at the end of the day it is God and God alone that you must trust to provide for all that you need. It is God, through Jesus, that you need to build your foundation on.
(Ps 146:1-4, NLT): Praise the Lord! Let all that I am praise the Lord. I will praise the Lord as long as I live. I will sing praises to my God with my dying breath. 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.
(Ps 146:5-10, NLT): But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is in the Lord their God. He made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them. He keeps every promise forever. He gives justice to the oppressed and food to the hungry. The Lord frees the prisoners. The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down. The Lord loves the godly. The Lord protects the foreigners among us. He cares for the orphans and widows, but he frustrates the plans of the wicked. The Lord will reign forever. He will be your God, O Jerusalem, throughout the generations. Praise the Lord!
We will end by asking the same question we asked yesterday, “Do you trust more in God and His promises or man and manmade things?”
Dear Father, every good thing comes from you. Please fill our hearts with unending love for You and we ask that You increase our faith. Give us the joy that comes from putting our hope in You. Help us anchor ourselves to Your firm foundation. Amen.