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Psalm 118:8

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.


Put confidence in man? When we read those words we are like, no thanks I’m not putting my confidence in a man.

Can you name one person who has never let you down? I dare say there are few people who would say, I have never been let down by a certain person in my life. Human beings let you down. Even if you are fortunate enough to be in a relationship with your soul mate and they are your best friend also, there are times when they let you down. That is not the end of the world. They are human and they are going to let you down sometimes. We can’t hold that against them. How are we going to hold our partner to a standard of perfection when we can’t live perfect ourselves? We don’t even the confidence in ourselves that we should have.

Have you ever said I’m going to do this or that and immediately this little seed of doubt creeps up into your mind and you are like, well I’m going to try anyway? Of course we have. Regardless of how self confident we are we have all let ourselves down at times. There’s not a person alive who has never one time not let themselves down, if they are honest.

“It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.” The LORD will never let you down. He has been tested and tried all the way to the point of physical death and He never let us down. Had the LORD failed short of His crucifixion on that old rugged cross, we would never have had salvation available to us. The LORD completed His journey of suffering and death because our salvation depended upon it. Therefore we can trust Him and place our trust and confidence in Him in whatever it is that we face today.

To put our trust and confidence in the LORD means to be secure and fear nothing. When our trust and confidence is in a human being, including ourselves, we are like this will work out provided that certain thing doesn’t go wrong. Not so when our trust and confidence is in the LORD. When our trust and confidence is in the LORD we are secure and we have “nothing” to fear. There is no thing, “nothing”, to fear but rather we are secure and confident of the LORD’s love and mercy in our life.