The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BiblePsalms 118:8
[It is] better to trust in the Lord…
This, with what
follows in (Psalms 118:9) , is the conclusion from the above premises and
experience; it is good to trust in the Lord; such enjoy peace, are in
safety, shall not want any good thing, nor ever be ashamed and
confounded: the Targum is,
``it is better to trust in the Word of the Lord;''
than to put confidence in man;
it is not good to put confidence in man
at all; it is trusting to a broken staff, to a mere shadow, which can
yield no support or relief: it is best to trust in the Lord; he is able
to help, as well as willing; he is faithful to his word, and
unchangeable in his promises; whereas man, though he may have a will to
help, oftentimes has it not in his power; and when it is in his power,
and has promised it, he disappoints, being changeable or unfaithful.
Wherefore trust not in man, but in the Lord; yea, cursed is the man
that trusts in man; see (Jeremiah 17:5) .