Throughout the history of Israel, God provided them with examples to remind them not to put their trust in military power. When they left Egypt during the Exodus, pursued by the Egyptian forces, God parted the Red Sea to save them (see Exodus 14). When Gideon attacked the Midianite troops, he succeeded with only 300 men that God had winnowed from his original army of 32,000 (see Judges 7).
Our psalm today is a jubilant hymn of praise to God, because He alone is worthy of our hope and trust. He is the Creator (vv. 6–9). The entire world owes its existence to His word that brought it into being. No global military power or multinational corporation can claim that!
In fact, the Lord sees the hearts and deeds of everyone, from the mightiest ruler to the lowest peasant (v. 15). The tyrant might think that his power comes from his political skill or military intimidation; the tycoon might think that his wealth comes from his own shrewd investments and financial risk-taking. They don’t see that God has allowed them whatever success they enjoy for a brief time, for His own purposes and reasons.
The only true hope is to be found in acknowledging the Lord as the sovereign Creator whose love never fails (v. 18). No matter what happens to us, we have the confidence in His ultimate deliverance from the clutches of death, a hint in this psalm of the truth of the resurrection life that awaits all those who hope in God.
This kind of hope allows us to rejoice even while we are waiting to see God act. It allows our hearts to be filled with joy because we trust in His holy, faithful, loving character. We have hope because He never fails.