1 Praise the LORD!Praise the LORD, O my soul!
2I will praise the LORD as long as I live;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
3 Put not your trust in princes,
in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
4When his breath departs, he returns to the earth;
on that very day his plans perish.
5 Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the LORD his God,
6 who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them,
who keeps faith forever;
7 who executes justice for the oppressed,
who gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets the prisoners free;
8 the LORD opens the eyes of the blind.
The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;
the LORD loves the righteous.
9 The LORD watches over the sojourners;
he upholds the widow and the fatherless,
but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
10 The LORD will reign forever,
your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the LORD!
God alone is worthy of our trust. No matter how important we see political leadership, medical expertise, educational skill to be, God is the One who is in charge of absolutely everything. This Psalm calls us to never put our trust in princes. Princes cannot save. They cannot heal the soul. They are, as verse 3 reminds us, victims of death, just like the rest of us. Why, the Psalm makes us wonder, would anyone put their eternal hope in one who is a victim of the fall and unable to rescue us from its consequences? The prince dies and his plans die with him (verse 4).
The Lord, on the other hand will reign forever and triumphs over death (verse 10). This is a Psalm about Jesus Christ. Note the use of the phrase “son of man”, in verse 3. We do not trust in a son of man whose plans die when he dies. We put our trust in the Son of Man who defeated death and now reigns as Ruler of all the created order. The God Man has come and done what no other man could ever have hoped to do. He has defeated death for us. Put your hope in no one less than He who makes death cower. There is only One and He receives all who seek Him. What a God.