Reading: Psalm 146
The psalmist advises us to put our trust in God alone. God alone is worthy of our praise and adoration. He alone will the psalmist worship all the days of his or her life. We are invited to join in with our praise all the days of our lives as well.
The psalmist also warns us about trusting in earthly kings and rulers. It is pointed out that they cannot save and that they too will one day die and return to the ground. It is a bit grim but knowing the context of the Psalm helps. The recent kings were not worshippers of God and led the people astray. The result has been the very recent destruction of Jerusalem and the temple. Those of worth were hauled off to exile in Babylon. Our reality today is that here and all around the world there are good rulers and there are not so good rulers. There are a few Christian rulers, but in general are the exception.
Perhaps the destruction and exile has something to do with the focus on the hungry, oppressed, imprisoned, blind, orphaned, and widowed. All who had value were hauled off to exile. Those left behind certainly needed God’s care and attention. It was a tough, fend for yourself kind of time.
Today we have a population in all of our communities who in essence have been left behind or left out. Our culture of me-first individualism and too busy lives have left many on the margins. Many think the government or someone else should deal with those who are struggling, but here in the Psalm we are reminded that God really loves those on the edges. If we truly love the Lord, we too will love those He loves. In the opportunities He places before us today, may we love all as God loves all.