"THE KING TRUSTS IN THE LORD"
By Wayne S. Walker
"For the king trusts in the LORD, and through the mercy of the Most High he shall not be moved" (Psalm 21:7). Oh that this were the case today! We understand that our nation is not set up like Old Testament Israel with the civil and the religious intertwined, but our first amendment guarantee of freedom of religion does not necessarily demand that our government be completely secular and refuse to acknowledge our dependence on God. Even our founding documents recognize that "…all Men are created equal, and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…." Whatever their faults, our founding fathers trusted in the Lord!
However, this is not always the case today. If a conservative, Bible-believing President suggests that He truly looks to the Lord for guidance, the liberals in our society hoot, and holler, and laugh at what they scornfully view as such benighted ignorance. Yet, when election time rolls around, these same liberals, seeing that a vast number of the American people are basically conservative and religious, all of a sudden "get religion" or at least hire advisors to help them make inroads among churchgoers (to get their vote!), all the while continuing to support abortion, promote homosexual rights, and take other positions that are clearly anti-Biblical. "They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him…" (Titus 1:16).
It is important for us to remember "that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses" (Daniel 4:32). Government is ordained of God, and while God may not necessarily approve of all governments, no government can exist without His permission. At the same time, while no government is perfect because each one is made up of fallible human beings, the Bible is clear that when a government and the people under its rule truly trust in the Lord, they will be blessed.
"Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people" (Proverbs 14:34). We recognize that no civil ruler, political party, or form of government can make us right with God–only Jesus Christ can do that. However, it should behoove Christians to seek out and support people in government who will stand up for and promote righteousness rather than those who endorse and encourage sin. And we should pray that our leaders will trust in the Lord and that through the mercy of the Most High they will not be moved.