We need others in our life we can trust. We need to know that when we tell them a secret, it will stay with them. We need people we can turn to when moving an appliance or holding a ladder. The problem is every other human on the face of the earth is just as flawed as we are and will let us down. They may not mean to tell our secret, drop the refrigerator, or let go of the ladder, but somehow it happens. The psalmist reminds us that only God can be trusted fully and completely.
In Psalm 146:3-4, we find three reasons we can trust God. First of all, we can trust Him because He is able to save us. When we think about it, it makes little sense to trust another human just like us for our salvation. We don’t trust ourselves so why would we trust someone just like us? What sets Jesus apart is that He was human like us but was unlike us in that He was also God. Only God has the ability to save.
Secondly, the psalmist pointed out that God does not die. Kings die. World leaders die. Loved ones die. If we put our trust in an earthly king, then when he dies so does our hope. The promise of a king and the hope that accompanies that promise only lasts while he is living. Because God is eternal, so are His promises and the hope that accompany His promises. His never dying makes Him trustworthy.
The third reason we can trust God is His plans last. When a king dies, so do his plans. The next king may act on the previous king’s plans, but the new king will adjust those plans in some way to make them his own. God is eternal. Therefore, His plans do not change. The plan He had 3,000 years ago is the same plan He has today.
All three reasons remind us of God’s power and the eternal nature of that power. He will not leave His throne and no one will replace Him. He alone is God and therefore He alone is trustworthy.
What attribute of God gives you reason to trust Him?