Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O My soul! While I live I will Praise the Lord; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. Psalm 146 NKJV
This is the first of five hymns of praise that end the book of Psalms. Each begins and ends with praise the Lord. They encourage us to praise God for His greatness and graciousness.
God is the great I Am. That name describes the Lord as nothing else can!
God does not have to explain Himself to anyone or anything. He is self-existent. He has no beginning. He will have no end. God will be the ultimate authority over all things everywhere forever. Jesus simply is and will always be the One and Only True God!
God’s greatness is incomparable! That alone is reason enough to praise the Lord!
Do not put your trust in princess, Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help. Vs 3
Don’t waste your time trusting powerful people to rescue you from trials and hardship. There is a limit to what even the rich and powerful can accomplish. The truth is we cannot truly depend on anyone. Only God is always trustworthy, true and righteous!
Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the Lord his God, Who made heaven and earth, The sea, and all that is in them; Who keeps truth forever. Vs 5-6
These verses remind us that God created all things. That is why people who have Jesus to help them and put their trust in the Lord have joy that surpasses human understanding.
God keeps truth forever, executes justice for the oppressed, gives food to the hungry, gives freedom to prisoners, opens the eyes of the blind, raises those who are bowed down, loves the righteous, watches over strangers and relieves the fatherless and widows!
This psalm gives us these examples of God’s graciousness towards people who love and obey Jesus. It also tells us He turns the way of the wicked upside down!
The bible describes wickedness as opposition to God, unbelief, worship of false Gods or idols and other forms of willful sin. God turns the lives of wicked people upside down so they will repent and turn to Jesus. He also does it to protect us!
Jesus turned your life right side up when He saved you. Only the great I Am could have done that. Only Jesus can lead you into eternity spent in His loving presence!
Do not let anyone deceive you. Jesus is gracious longsuffering and full of compassion for you. His love for you moves Him to be gracious longsuffering and full of compassion!
Make today the first of many you praise Jesus for His greatness and graciousness!
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