“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.” Psalm 118:8, 9
When we look back at Psalm 62, we see that the author was surely a king, and it was probably David. The circumstances could well be the efforts of King Saul to topple David. No psalm surpasses Psalm 62 in its expression of simple trust in God.
In today's passage, we are reminded that it is better to trust God than man. It is better to trust God even if our other choice is a prince. Sometimes our judgment is swayed because of the social standing and wealth of a person. This passage is very clear. There is no one that is more trustworthy than God.
Gladys Alyward, missionary to China more than 50 years ago, was forced to flee when the Japanese invaded the city where she lived. With only one assistant, she led more than 100 orphans over the mountains to free China. During the journey, Gladys grappled with despair as never before. After passing a sleepless night, she faced the morning with no hope of reaching safety. A 13-year-old girl in the group reminded her of their much-loved story of Moses and the Israelites crossing the Red Sea. “But I am not Moses,” Gladys cried. “Of course, you aren't,” said the girl, “but Jehovah is still God.”
When Gladys and the orphans made it through, they proved, once again, that no matter how inadequate we feel, God is still God, and we can trust in Him.
Prayer for Today: Father, thank You for being our refuge and strength. Help us to always trust in You, not rulers or authorities. Amen.