In light of recent political events many of us have come to the conclusion that life, as we know it, is over. It is wasn't obvious before, it is now: America is going to hell in a handbasket. Depending on our party affiliation we will be destroyed by either illegal immigrants or intolerants, criminals or corrupt law officers, conservative Supreme Court justices or liberal judges, big government or big business, pacifists or terrorists, sexists or humanitarians, socialists or capitalists. By the sound of it, our nation's future may very well be determined by those in the adjoining rest room stall or those who allegedly hate them.
And for folks who believe that our country's moral demise may one day be traced to the wife or husband of the 2016 president elect, let me remind you that Kanye West is planning to run in 2020.
The truth of the matter is, if we have this kind of miserable and misguided mindset, we are doomed. As long as we put our hope and faith in people we can expect our country to go into a free fall.
Our trust must be in God and God alone. He is our Hope. He is our Deliverer. He is the Savior of the world. If we truly believe that He sits on the throne does it really matter who sits in the oval office?
Imagine how different our Facebook pages, our lives, and our world would be if, instead of expecting the worst from people we expected the best from God.
Centuries ago, the Holy Spirit inspired an anonymous writer to pen lyrics to a powerful and profound song which today we know as Psalm 146. Since the Middle Ages, believers of various spiritual traditions have found peace, confidence, and hope by reciting, singing, and more so, by believing these words. We may want to dust off the sheet music.
Praise the Lord! Let all that I am praise the Lord. I will praise the Lord as long as I live.
I will sing praises to my God with my dying breath.
Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there.
When they breathe their last, they return to the earth, and all their plans die with them.
But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is in the Lord their God.
He made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them. He keeps every promise forever.
He gives justice to the oppressed and food to the hungry. The Lord frees the prisoners.
The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down.
The Lord loves the godly.
The Lord protects the foreigners among us.
He cares for the orphans and widows, but he frustrates the plans of the wicked.
The Lord will reign forever. He will be your God, O Jerusalem, throughout the generations.
Praise the Lord!
(Psalm 146, NLT)