This election cycle has been, for me, the most depressing of my lifetime. Frankly, I dread the thought of either candidate winning. This morning, as I read an article on the internet, the author mentioned the magnificent words of Psalm 146:3-4 where the psalmist writes, “Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.” It seems that we all have the tendency to put our trust in men and in the institutions of men. We look to government to solve problems that only God can solve.
The psalmist understands this and he declares that our hope is to always be anchored in God: “Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God.” In the rest of the psalm he explains why God and God alone is worthy of our confidence: He is the one who created the world, he is the one who formed humanity, he is the one who sustains all that exists, he is the one who keeps faith, who executes justice, who provides for our needs, who brings the wicked to ruin. He is the one who rules through good rulers and bad ones, through the ones I would have chosen and the ones I just can’t stand.
“The LORD will reign forever, your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the LORD” (Psalm 146:10)! Whoever is elected tomorrow, whoever declares that their election is proof to push their platform, it is the Lord who reigns. He always will.