“Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.” —Psalm 146:3
Ever since the curse that came as a result of Adam’s disobedience, fallen man has tried to work for all he can attain, by “the sweat of thy face” (Genesis 3:19). With regard to salvation (which is translated “help” in our text), fallen man either wants to help himself or trust in the help of other fallen men.
Yet, God tells us not to place our trust in princes, that is, in fallen men of station or authority, as if their place and position of prominence has the help we need unto salvation, or the strength we need in continued sanctification. The Lord also tells us not to place our trust in the son of man. This is not the expression that speaks of Jesus as the Messiah of the LORD Almighty, but an expression of the natural generation of man; that is, what fallen man produces of himself naturally.
Why not trust in what I can do, or what others can do? Because, the Lord tells us, that there is no salvation from them; they have no salvation for you; they are weak and frail. There is only one Prince that bringeth peace; there is only one, the Son of Man, Jesus Christ whom God has given for men to trust
Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified. —Psalm 40:16