July 14, 2008 Ration

Psalm 146:3-7

“Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. When his breath departs he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free…”

Trust and Hope; where are yours placed artist? I have to ask myself this question every day because where I have my trust and hope misplaced, I will be disappointed in my artistic ventures, though princes pursue them.

No matter who pursues your artistry, put not your trust in princes. The Psalmist isn’t saying, "do not associate with princes", he is saying that a prince is a false hope for your heart to put its trust in. A prince will die. A prince will lie. A prince will be bought out. A prince is a man of failures just like you, so be careful not to put your trust and hope in one.

So what do we do with these massive affections of hope and trust that churn in our soul? We must exercise them and not suppress them. We must not let them atrophy and make a cynical, despairing miser out of us. We must find an object for these affections that will not disappoint. Man will not be that object. A plan of ours will not be that object. No market will be that object. No association will be that object.

But God is unlike man. God’s breath does not depart from Him. God’s plans never perish. Only in God is there salvation from God. God has made heaven, earth, the sea and all that is in them. He keeps faith forever. He executes justice, feeds you, sets prisoners free, opens the eyes of the blind, lifts up those who are bowed, loves the righteous, watches over the sojourner, upholds the widow and fatherless, and brings to ruin the way of the wicked, among countless other things.

Trust and Hope are immense affections of our hearts, and God is the only one colossal enough to deliver on the trust and hope of the collective world. Artist, blessed is the one whose help is God! Put your trust and hope in Him alone in your artistic pursuits. Trust not in a market, in your plans, in the work of your hands, in a proven method, or in the prince of your particular artistic field. All are governed by God anyway, so why hope in a middleman who may like your work when you can trust the Governor General who loves you? Then, where God accomplishes what concerns you through an affiliation with a prince, or even a pauper, understand that the one who plays the means of God and God Himself are two different objects. And only in God must your trust and hope abide.

When your trust and hope unflinchingly rest in God alone in your artistic endeavors, your trust and hope will be such a pleasure to employ! To trust in the All-knowing and to hope in the All-powerful is a combination that secures your pleasure and satisfaction, even through the most violent artistic famines and storms.

Artists, God is the One to put your hope and trust in as you pursue your pleasures in the arts. Do not be foolish by placing your trust in various princes, their plans will die with them if not before them. But God has ordained paths for you to walk in, and His ordinations are sure! Walk in them and enjoy the unspoiled blessings of one who trusts and hopes solely in God for what concerns him in the arts. And be ready, the views may be completely different from what you are familiar with. God does reserve some sights for those who hope in Him alone.

Jason Harms


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