It’s been awhile since I’ve written anything on the Psalms, but as I begin to do so again, an appropriate section of Scripture for our times came to light. Look at what the Bible says in Psalm 118:8-9,
It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.
Psalm 118 is all about trusting in God. It is He who is our strength, our refuge, and our salvation. In light of Tuesday’s historical election, we would all do well to evaluate our hearts from the past election season. Some of us were intensely passionate about our candidate… almost to the point of seeing them as a Messiah of sorts–and that goes for supporters of any candidate (some Obama supporters saw him as a Messiah for the country; some McCain supporters saw him as a Messiah to deliver us from Obama). Now that the election is over, some of us are excited. Some of us are scared. I, for one, am neither. I did not vote for President-elect Obama. I disagree with his philosophy of government. But as a follower of Jesus, I must pray for him, honor him, and submit to him. And as a Christ follower, I do not put my hope for real change in President-elect Obama or any other political candidate. I think that’s why I’m at peace (much more than I thought I would be) with the results of the election. The government isn’t my strength, refuge, or salvation.
As we all get used to the reality that Obama will be our new President, let those of us who follow Jesus and voted for Obama not get so excited about his election that we lose sight of our true hope. Likewise, let those of us who follow Jesus and voted for any of the other candidates not get so despondent that we become disobedient to God (we do not pray for, honor, or submit to the new President). Some of us may need to repent of our attitudes toward other people who did not vote the way we did. All of us need to be aware of our attitudes as the new President prepares to take office on January 20.
No matter what, may we never lose sight of the fact that the only real hope for true, lasting, and eternal transformation is Jesus Christ. If we will live as we are called to live, imitating Jesus in the midst of God’s community (the church) by loving God, loving people, and serving the world, then we will see the transforming power of the gospel of Christ become evident–in our lives, the lives of the church community, and in the lives of those who are captivated by the hope that is within us.