Psalm 118:9

Psalm 118:9 “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.”

David found this out the hard way, he put his confidence in Saul his King, another time in Achish, the Philistine and there were others. He learned that he could not depend on men no matter how noble and wise they were, they were still just mere men.

I know how David felt, I have experienced those moments where I had turned to someone for help only to find myself hurt because of their betrayal. My confidence was misguided and I was left with hurt and feeling betrayed. There were a few times when I was not the only one hurt by the betrayal.

When we put our trust in men/woman instead of God we often get what you would expect from a man/woman. We have to remember that God is mighty, men are weak. God is faithful, men are not always, God is all knowing, men are limited. God is giving, men tend to be selfish. God knows your heart, men know only what you share. God is everpresent in our daily lives, helping us through his spirit with grief, disappointment, and questions, men cannot fill those places inside us when tragedy or disappointment come. Even on our best days as humans, we fall so far short.

Our faith, hope, and trust need to be centered on Jesus. He is our ever-present help in time of trouble. (Psalm 46:1) He is Sovereign over everything. (Isaiah 46:10) “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, ‘My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure.” (Daniel 4:35) “All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, but He does according to His will in the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of earth; and no one can ward off His hand or say to Him, ‘What have You done?’

We need to first run to Jesus. As the old song says: “Tell him all about it, He will hear your faintest cry and He will answer by and by.” He needs to be our first line of defense. When David went to the Lord he was not disappointed, he knew he could trust God.

Friends are great, especially spirit-filled friends and there are times when their council is just what you need. You know that God has spoken through them, but we need to weigh what we say and keep our expectations at a place of understanding, remembering that friends, Kings, Princes, Presidents and so on are not God. They cannot fix it all. There is a chance you will be disappointed, hurt and used.

When I shared with someone I was confident I could trust it broke my heart. I love and have forgiven this person for their betrayal, however, I no longer share my deepest heart with them. I learned the hard way I couldn’t.

Be sure of who you trust and remember you can always trust the one who formed you, holds you, fills you, knows you and died for you. He really is the smartest one, EVER!

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