DEVOTION: Psalm 146
"Put Not Your Trust in Princes"
146 Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
2 I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
3 Put not your trust in princes,
in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
4 When his breath departs, he returns to the earth;
on that very day his plans perish.
5 Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord his God,
6 who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them,
who keeps faith forever;
7 who executes justice for the oppressed,
who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets the prisoners free;
8 the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
the Lord loves the righteous.
9 The Lord watches over the sojourners;
he upholds the widow and the fatherless,
but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
10 The Lord will reign forever,
your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the Lord!
How much trust do you have in President Obama? How much trust do you have in President elect Trump? How much do you trust your elected officials at all?
If you said "none" or "very little" you are in good company. Most people don't trust their government. Why? Because the government is full of people with power, and power, no matter how much or how little, too often corrupts people. Also, the person in office might not hold the same ideals or vision as you, so you don't trust that person because you don't agree with him or her.
We put way too much trust in our elected officials to make everything better, or in Trump's words "make American great again". I have some bad news for you if you trust in Trump. He isn't going to be able to do many of the things he promised. I know that may come as a shock, but he is only human after all. Obama didn't save the world or save America either.
David, a king himself, says very plainly, "Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation." Don't do it! Don't put too much trust in the president, the school board, the mayor, the church council, or any other man. Put your trust in God alone to save you! Trust in Christ for your salvation, both eternal and earthly.
If we think that an elected official can save us, we will be extremely disappointed. If we think that some sort of financial plan, or foreign policy is going to fix everything we are in for a lot of heartache. Instead, if we seek the Lord where he may be found, and seek his will in all circumstances, and if we trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding, we will have peace.
Have peace, rest, trust and salvation in Jesus alone today!!!
Let us pray: Lord, help me to place my trust in your certainty and not in the continually changing "leaders" of this world. Amen.
Mon- Confirmation canceled; Holy Yoga 7pm
Tues- Quilting 9-noon; Ladies Christmas lunch at Denny's noon
Wed- Women's work day 9:30; Supper 5:30; Worship 6:30; Choir 7:15
Thurs- Karate 5:15-7:30
Fri- Bible Study at Hendershot's 7pm
Sat- Sunday school Christmas program practice 10-11am; Worship 5pm
Sun- Worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; Chapel 11; Elder's meeting noon
WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS COMING WEEKEND:
Acolyte- Wed- Abby Vossen 8:30- Sarah Cluver 11- Cameron Faerber
Ushers- Wed- Brett Nordwald, Charlie Figura, Jason Figura, Erv Yoder
Sun- Don Hance, Rich Boeger, Doug Walters, Don Tate
Altar- Wed- Terry McKenzie Sat Set up- Cheri' Hofeldt; Clean Up- Joanne Hachtel
Elders- Sat- Jim Rahn; 8:30- Roy Bohning 11- John Hachtel
Greeters- 8:30- Randy and Patty Sweet; 11- Al and Karen Benton
Lay Readers- Sat- Jim Rahn; 8:30- Roy Bohning; 11- John Hachtel
Piano- Kathy Barrow
Organist- Rachel Fisher
Projectionists: Sat- Perricone; Sun- Yoder
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ: Here's a "what do you think" question: