How blessed is the one who trusts in God!

How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God” Psalm cxlvi, 5.

In many Oriental countries, the lands of the Biblical events included, “connections” are very important. Friendship with the right people in high places is seen as lifelines that can pull one out of deep trouble or can fetch a help or two. People count on their influential friends who have connections in the Capital or in high offices. Often, power brokers live by selling their influence. How about the majority of people who do not have any influence or money to buy influence?

Time and again, the Bible makes it very clear that it is useless to trust in people. “Do not trust in princes, in mortal man, in whom there is no salvation. His spirit departs, he returns to the earth; In that very day his thoughts perish” (v 3, 4). Powerful men and women are mere “mortals.” They are like bubbles that appear on water. These powerful people need to know their frailty. In addition, those who curry their favor need to understand how foolish they are in placing their trust in mortals.

The LORD God is the only One who endures and He alone can save us from our troubles. This almighty God is described as the God “who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them” (v 6). Is anyone greater than Him? Is He dependable? Of course, He “keeps faith forever” (v. 6b).

Who are the ones the Lord is interested in? He “executes justice for the oppressed,” gives food to the hungry, raises up those who are bowed down; He protects migrants who are strangers in alien lands, He supports the fatherless [those who don’t have a defender] and the widows [those who do not have a breadwinner in the family]. The Lord loves the righteous but he scuttles the plans of the wicked.

When you are in trouble or in need, who do you turn to for help? Resist the temptation to run to a man or woman whom you think will save you. God loves those who consistently trust in Him.  Trust in the Lord and join the club of the blessed. “How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God.