“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.
Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God,
who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them,
who keeps faith forever;
who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets the prisoners free;
the LORD opens the eyes of the blind.
The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;
the LORD loves the righteous.
The LORD watches over the sojourners;
he upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.”
It is tempting to put our trust in what we can see. In that which is tangible. In the people in front of us who promise a better life one way or another. But salvation isn’t found there. Hope isn’t within their plans. Salvation is in the name of our God. Hope is found in knowing Him.
The application of this concept to our daily lives may be difficult to see. But the writer of this psalm paints a beautiful picture for us of who our God is. Our great, powerful, majestic King “who keeps faith forever.”
He is our help. No matter what we face, nothing is stronger than our Lord who is within us, giving us strength for each moment, pouring out grace to meet our every need.
He is our hope, however dark the night is. He made all that there is, and reigns in righteousness over it all.
He is faithful and true to each of us, meeting us where we are and fulfilling His every promise.
He executes justice. All wrongs will be righted. All sin will be dealt with. Each will be accountable to the Lord our God. So we need not seek out revenge or retaliation. We can trust that He sees everything and will act perfectly in both justice and grace.
He gives food to the hungry. He sees our need and uses it to draw us closer to Him, so that we will know Him as our Provider and see His great faithfulness in our circumstances.
He sets prisoners free. “He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and burst their bonds apart…For he shatters the doors of bronze and cuts in two the bars of iron” (Psalm 107:14-16).
He opens the eyes of the blind. “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law” (Psalm 119:18).
He lifts up those who are bowed down, burdened by sin or pain, discouragement or weariness. “But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head” (Psalm 3:3). “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). “Jesus stood up and said to her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ She said, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more’” (John 8:9-11).
Our Lord loves the righteous. He will not forsake or abandon them. We may look around us and fail to see evidence of His grace and rich kindness toward us, but it is always present. “Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart” (Psalm 73:1).
The Lord watches over the sojourners. Those who appear to not belong. Those who may feel left out or cast aside. He watches over them. He draws them close. No matter how far away they may have been, His arm is long enough to reach them. “But now in Christ Jesus you who were once far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ” (Ephesians 2:13). “Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people,’ and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved.’ And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ there they will be called ‘sons of the living God’” (Romans 9:25-26).
He upholds the widow and the fatherless. Those who may appear weak to the outside world. Those who seem to have no defense, no support. He personally comes to their side as their strength, their hope, and the light in their darkness. “Do not move an ancient landmark or enter the fields of the fatherless, for their Redeemer is strong; he will please their cause against you” (Proverbs 23:10-11). “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation” (Psalm 68:5).
This is our God who keeps faith forever. Not in a generic sense, but in a very real and personal way to each of His children. He sees you. He loves you. He is for you. So draw near. Place your trust and your hope in the One who will never let you down.