Notes from my morning worship in the Word
The Bible calls us to sing praises to “the LORD,” Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and nothing else. The Bible calls us to worship and trust him, and him alone. To trust in princes (v. 3) is wrong. “Princes” here literally means “nobles.” That is, do not trust in those with a lot of money, status, fame, etc. Do not trust them because they cannot give you salvation. Do not trust a noble because his breath (Hb. ruach: “spirit”) will leave his body, just like yours, and everything he planned up to that day dies with him.
Therefore, Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God (v. 5). Not help for material gain, but help in daily living–for every circumstance imaginable. It is better to trust in Yahweh than a noble man because God made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever (i.e. “stays faithful forever”).
Verses 8-9 catalogue the great things God does, giving him the glory and honor due his name, not a noble man or anyone else for that matter. With God there is complete justice, righteousness, love, compassion, and redemption. He cares for those who are weak and would not normally be cared for by a noble–the blind, bowed down, sojourners, widow, and orphan. Yet at the same time, he equally loves the righteous (his own people). And he brings the wicked to ruin.
Because of who God is and what he does, he will reign forever and therefore all generations should Praise the LORD (v. 10).
The ESVSB comments that the Lord’s reign makes him a sure hope for God’s suffering people. We know that God is with his suffering people because Jesus is not only Immanuel, he is also the Suffering Servant who not only suffered for us on the cross, but also suffered with us. He did this so that he might be able to say that he has gone before us and knows what we go through, because what he endured was infinitely worse than our trial or tribulation (Heb. 4:15-16; 12:3-4). When we find ourselves in the thick of a trial, we will be able to say Hallelu-yah! Praise the LORD! because we know that God is present with us, and that he has not left us. When this happens our perspective changes. Because the Father sent his curse on his Son on the cross, and turned his back on him, we are assured that God will never turn his back on us.
Thankfully, Christ did not stay separated from the Father. He rose from the dead, and was thus vindicated by God and is not seated at the right hand of the Father (Eph. 1:20; Col. 3:1; Heb. 12:2). All those who believe in Christ are perfectly accepted by God on the basis of who Christ is and what he has done, and they will reign with Christ forever. That is a better position to have and a better promise to hold on to than to trust in a so-called “noble” for help in time of trouble.