Scriptures

Psalm 146

Introduction

In Psalms 146-150, the focus is purely on the praising of God. There are no requests and there are no cries of distress, they are all simply psalms of praise, where the psalmists praise God for who He is and what He’s done.

In this psalm, the psalmist simply praises God because He is the only One who has the power to save, protect and meets everyone’s needs.

‘Praise the LORD. Praise the LORD, my soul. I will praise the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.’ Psalm 146:1-4

The psalmist begins by declaring the great hallelujah, that is, praise the LORD.

They will praise him with their soul, that is, their inner being, they will praise Him with their life, that is, with everything they’ve got, with their entire being they will praise Him all the days of their lives, Psalm 104:33.

The psalmist tells his readers that princes, that is, the rulers, and human beings, shouldn’t be praised because they can’t save, that is, they are merely mortals, Isaiah 2:22 / Jeremiah 17:5.

When princes and rulers die, their spirit departs from them and they return to the ground, Genesis 3:19 / Ecclesiastes 12:7 / Isaiah 2:22. On the day they die, their plans come to nothing, in other words, the very thoughts of mortal man stop being an advantage to those who are still alive, Luke 12:19-20.

‘Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God. He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them—he remains faithful forever. He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free, the LORD gives sight to the blind, the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves the righteous. The LORD watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. The LORD reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the LORD.’ Psalm 146:5-10

After telling us that princes and human beings can’t save us, the psalmist now tells us that God has the power to do so.

We’re blessed when we put our hope in the LORD our God, the God of Jacob, instead of humans. It’s only God who can help us, and those who put their trust in God are assured of His help.

Princes and human beings don’t possess the power to create anything, whereas, God is the Maker of heaven, earth, the sea and everything in them. In other words, we should put our hoe on God because He is the creator of everything.

If God is powerful enough to create everything out of nothing, Genesis 1-2, then surely He has the power to take care of those who put their trust in Him.

Unlike princes and human beings, God remains faithful forever, that is, He never changes, He is trust worthy, He never breaks His promises to those who are faithful to Him.

He speaks up and defends those who are oppressed and He provide food for the hungry, Luke 1:53. The LORD can be trusted because He sets prisoners free, that is, He vindicates the righteous, and so, frees them from their oppression, Job 36:8-9.

The LORD can be trusted because He gives sight to the blind, that is, it’s through truth and we come to know God, Isaiah 35:5 / Matthew 9:27-29.

The LORD can be trusted because He lifts up those who are bowed down, that is, those who are humbled through grief are encouraged, Luke 13:11-13. The LORD can be trusted because He loves the righteous, that is, those who live right in God’s eyes, Matthew 13:43 / Matthew 25:46.

The LORD can be trusted because He watches over the foreigner, that is, He protects and looks after those who aren’t Israelites, Exodus 12:49 / Exodus 22:21 / Exodus 23:9 / Leviticus 19:33 / Deuteronomy 1:16 / Deuteronomy 10:18-19 / Isaiah 56:3 / Isaiah 56:6 / Matthew 8:5-10.

The LORD can be trusted because He sustains the fatherless and the widow, that is, He cares for the needs of those who are vulnerable in society, Luke 7:12-15 / James 1:27.

The LORD can be trusted because He frustrates the ways of the wicked, that is, He will execute justice on all those who practice wickedness, Matthew 21:12.

The psalmist ends by declaring to all of Zion, that is, Israel, that their God, their LORD can be trusted because He shall reign forever, He shall reign through all generations, Exodus 15:18.

The psalmist ends their psalm in the same manner they begun, with the great hallelujah, praise the LORD.

Conclusion

The psalmist simply praises God over and over again, because He is a God who can be trusted.

Most of us enjoy relationships with others and these relationships are built on the foundation of trust. Sadly, many relationships fall apart because trust becomes a major issue.

People start lying to each other, people start to change their minds, they make promises but fail to fulfil them. All of these things bring about distrust and can easily bring any relationship to an end.

The good news is that God can be trusted because He isn’t like humans, He doesn’t lie, He doesn’t change His mind, He acts upon what He says He’s doing to do and He fulfils the promises He makes, Numbers 23:19.

Although human relationships break down, which often results in one person leaving the other, our God can be trusted because He promises that He will never leave us or forsake us, Hebrews 13:5.

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DAILY BIBLE VERSE

"Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."

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