Bless our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard, who has kept us among the living, and has not let our feet slip. Psalm 66:8-9
We, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:12
I’ve been listening to Andy McCabe speak with Scott Pelley on 60 Minutes, the CBS Sunday night news magazine. McCabe is the former acting director of the FBI, and ultimately was fired from the FBI. There is great political intrigue and many eddies of personal and political nuances and alleged conspiracies from all sides. I have my opinions about all who are involved in this, but that is not the point of this paragraph. I share this to contrast the affairs of men with the ways of God.
Those who hope in men will never be truly secure. The ways and whiles of man are twisted and without solid foundations. Men and women will always seek to undercut one another. There will always be deception, duplicity, deceit and dishonesty.
This is why God’s providential care, gracious love, compassionate protection, and faithful promises are so precious. In his Small Catechism, Martin Luther speaks of God’s Fatherly divine goodness and mercy as the reason for God’s care. Then he says, “for all this it is [our] duty to thank and praise, serve and obey Him.
There will always be those who seek political power; those who take advantage of others; those who abuse the power they have amassed to themselves. Sadly sometimes that happens even within the church. Those who are thusly abused must turn to God, seek justice, and rely on his promises.
This is no glib platitude. Nor should our praise be thoughtless and trite. We who hope in Christ have a secure, good, reliable, and guileless One to whom we may turn in every situation. May we praise him from our hearts and entrust ourselves only to him.