Psalm 146:3 Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help. 4 When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that very day their plans perish.
For whatever reason this morning these words bring to mind our political system. Our political parties are so vigorously partisan that cooperation is almost impossible. It would appear our president has been impeached but the politicians can’t agree on how to proceed so the process is stalled. Each side is looking for a way to spin events to their benefit. Truth be damned.
Untold hours and dollars are spent so one party or other can take “power” but that power is an illusion. Why? Because the scorched-earth tactics used to win elections hardens the resolve of the opposition – so very little actually gets done no matter who is in the majority. It’s ridiculous. It’s sad. It’s disheartening.
When I read our passage for today I’m reminded that such human futility is nothing new. There have always been people in the ruling class who find a way to screw things up. They are puffed up with self-importance – only to be forgotten once they are no longer in office. They come. They go. Repeat.
“Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help.”
If my hopes were dependent on our political class I would be in deep despair. But my hope is in the Lord, the Eternal One who has real power and real authority. He is worthy of my praise, my adoration, my fidelity, my worship. Glory be to our God who is Father, Son, and Spirit! Amen!