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Psalm 146

Praise for God’s Help

1

Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord, O my soul!

2

I will praise the Lord as long as I live;

I will sing praises to my God all my life long.

 

3

Do not put your trust in princes,

in mortals, in whom there is no help.

4

When their breath departs, they return to the earth;

on that very day their plans perish.

 

5

Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,

whose hope is in the Lord their God,

6

who made heaven and earth,

the sea, and all that is in them;

who keeps faith forever;

7

who executes justice for the oppressed;

who gives food to the hungry.

 

The Lord sets the prisoners free;

8

the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.

The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;

the Lord loves the righteous.

9

The Lord watches over the strangers;

he upholds the orphan and the widow,

but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

 

10

The Lord will reign forever,

your God, O Zion, for all generations.

Praise the Lord!


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Verses 1–4

If it is our delight to praise the Lord while we live, we shall certainly praise him to all eternity. With this glorious prospect before us, how low do worldly pursuits seem! There is a Son of man in whom there is help, even him who is also the Son of God, who will not fail those that trust in him. But all other sons of men are like the man from whom they sprung, who, being in honour, did not abide. God has given the earth to the children of men, but there is great striving about it. Yet, after a while, no part of the earth will be their own, except that in which their dead bodies are laid. And when man returns to his earth, in that very day all his plans and designs vanish and are gone: what then comes of expectations from him?

Verses 5–10

The psalmist encourages us to put confidence in God. We must hope in the providence of God for all we need as to this life, and in the grace of God for that which is to come. The God of heaven became a man that he might become our salvation. Though he died on the cross for our sins, and was laid in the grave, yet his thoughts of love to us did not perish; he rose again to fulfil them. When on earth, his miracles were examples of what he is still doing every day. He grants deliverance to captives bound in the chains of sin and Satan. He opens the eyes of the understanding. He feeds with the bread of life those who hunger for salvation; and he is the constant Friend of the poor in spirit, the helpless: with him poor sinners, that are as fatherless, find mercy; and his kingdom shall continue for ever. Then let sinners flee to him, and believers rejoice in him. And as the Lord shall reign for ever, let us stir up each other to praise his holy name.




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