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Sunday, 10 March 2019

Psalms 146

“Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God…” -Psalm 146:5

In the last five Psalms (146-150) no author name or the situation surrounding them is recorded. Bible scholars think that these five Psalms have been written by one person. All the 5 chapters begin and end with the statement – “PRAISE THE LORD!” Each Psalm states only one thing— to praise our Lord God Almighty for His greatness.

Our Key verse speaks of the happiness of a child of God whose hope is in the Lord, along which it is written, no to put your trust in anyone else. "Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD . . . for it does not cease to bear fruit." (Jer.17:7-8). God is a helper to those who trust Him in whatever situation (Ps 146:5). For a child of God, everything about our Father is praiseworthy. The one who waits for the Lord and trusts Him will never be ashamed. The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him (Nahum 1:7). Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted, but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:30-31)

The greatness of God is indescribable – a few of them are described here by the Psalmist:

  1. He is the Creator of all things (Ps 146:6): Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grows weary; his understanding is unsearchable. (Isa 40:28, Isa 40:12-13)

  2. Keeps truth forever (Ps 146:6): And also the Glory of Israel will not lie or have regret, for he is not a man, that he should have regret." (1 Sam 15:29)

  3. Executes Judgment for the oppressed (Ps 146:7): The LORD works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. (Ps 103:6)

  4. Gives food to the hungry; Sets prisoners free; Opens blind eyes & Raises the bowed down (Ps 146:7-8): These have been fulfilled in Jesus Christ, during His ministry on earth. To a child of God, He has given the authority to exercise through the help of the Holy Spirit.  To open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness (Isa 42:7,Isa 61:1-3).

  5. Loves the righteous (Ps 146:8): For the LORD is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face. (Ps 11:7)

  6. Preserve strangers. Relieves the fatherless and widows (Ps 146:9): Do not rob the poor, because he is poor, or crush the afflicted at the gate, for the LORD will plead their cause and rob of life those who rob them. (Prov 22:22-23)

  7. Reigns forever (Ps 146:10): "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever." (Rev.11:15)

From the above, we have seen the greatness of God! Now as a child of God we have responsibilities. He chose each of us to be the light of the world (Matt.5:14). All around us, people are facing problems; many souls are perishing, countless are without hope. Can we intercede for them; spread Christ’s Hope-so that Hope in the Lord will work in their hearts? If so we can witness the greatness of God in midst of the troubled ones!


Thought for the Day:

 “But this is a people plundered and looted;

they are all of them trapped in holes and hidden in prisons;

they have become plunder with none to rescue,

spoil with none to say, "Restore!" Who among you

will give ear to this, will attend and listen for the time to come?”

Isaiah 42:22-23

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