What Does It Mean to Follow God?

Psalm 146

Finding Our Hope in the Lord


Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help.  When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that very day their plans perish.  Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God.

Psalm 146:3–5


Where do we find hope in this world?  Our culture makes it easy for one to find hope in celebrities, politicians, or athletes.  Yet this psalm reminds us that these people are just as human as you and me.  Therefore, we must not look for hope from those who are idolized in this world.  Any hope found in this world is temporary.  Eternal hope is found in God alone.  For our God created the world and actively intervenes in our lives.  It is our God who makes all things possible.  By finding our hope in God, we know that God’s justice, grace, and mercy will reign supreme no matter what we face in this world.  By finding our hope in God, we can join the psalmist in singing praises to our God all our life long.


God of Creation, help us to find our hope in you today.  Deliver us from the temptation of putting our hope in the things of this world.  Amen.


Will DeLaney, Boiling Springs, South Carolina

From “These Days”-October, November, December

Presbyterian Church (USA)