We all know our nation is greatly divided, including whether we are in despair over our future with a Trump Administration or giddy at the prospects of draining the swamp. Tomorrow, Donald J. Trump will be inaugurated as our next President. Scripture gives us wisdom on how to approach the next four years (or maybe eight). Regardless of your sense of the coming Trump Administration, heed the wisdom of Psalm 146.
Put Not Your Trust in Princes
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
2 I 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.
4 When 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!
If you are unhappy about Donald J. Trump as President, don’t put your trust, or in this case, your fears, in “Princes.” The Lord is the sovereign. If you are giddy about Mr. Trump’s administration, don’t put your trust in “Princes,” but in the Lord who raises up and puts down “Princes.”
Give your worship only to the God who is our creator, sustainer, and redeemer. We have only one Messiah, his name is Jesus, not Donald.