Misplaced Trust

“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

About Jon J. Cardwell

"The Spirited Speaker" - Pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama. Nationally recognized speaker and publisher. Author of several books, including the bestseller, Christ and Him Crucified.

4 Comments

  1. I love these wonderful words of reminder! Truly, we cannot hear them enough! For the unbeliver they speak of the error which Robert refers to as “Fig Leaf Salvation” or of Cain’s vegetable offerings. Man’s way of salvation is always “vegetarian”, and earthly in nature – but God’s way is different for without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin. Only by the blood of the spotless Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, can there be redemption.

    To the believer these words challenge us to fix our eyes upon Jesus, our great Jehovah-Jireh.

    Thank you for this brother Jon!

    Blessings on you Lisa this weekend!

    • Thank you for you thoughtful comments, sister. Thank you for your prayers.

      We’re attending conference this week (but I do hope to get an email out to Josh).

      Blessings to you and Robert.

  2. I’ve thought about this a lot lately. I trust that “fallen men of station or authority” include Christians because even the more mature and sanctified saints do not attained incorruptible perfection on this side of life. While our submission to our spiritual leaders, along with our mutual exhortations and encouragements are commanded in light of scripture, we need to realize that even the best of teachers, preachers, authors, speakers, or friends are not yet immune to sin and error. The most resolute Christian pilgrim is not out of danger until he has entered the Celestial City and might yet miscalculate and turn from his path. We must keep our eyes upon Jesus as we travel in close-knit fellowship and trust in Him alone. We cannot follow others blindly. If they fall into the miry bog, we shall tumble after!

    Thank you for another thought-provoking piece of truth! Many blessings to you!

    • Thank you, dear sister, for your thoughtful comments.

      We are out of town this week attending a conference and we are so thankful for the blessed encouragement we receive from you, your blog, and your comments.

      Many blessings to you this week, sister.

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