Praise the Lord, O My Soul (Psalm 146)

1 Praise the LORD!
Praise the LORD, O my soul!
2 While I live I will praise the LORD;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

3 Do not put your trust in princes,
Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help.
4 His spirit departs, he returns to his earth;
In that very day his plans perish.

5 Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help,
Whose hope is in the LORD his God,
6 Who made heaven and earth,
The sea, and all that is in them;
Who keeps truth forever,
7 Who executes justice for the oppressed,
Who gives food to the hungry.
The LORD gives freedom to the prisoners.

8 The LORD opens the eyes of the blind;
The LORD raises those who are bowed down;
The LORD loves the righteous.
9 The LORD watches over the strangers;
He relieves the fatherless and widow;
But the way of the wicked He turns upside down.

10 The LORD shall reign forever—
Your God, O Zion, to all generations.

Praise the LORD!

The unnamed psalmist opens this song with an admonition to praise the Lord.  He goes on to warn against trusting in man, and lists the blessings of believing in God.  Happiness, hope, truth, justice, provision, and freedom all come to the one who serves God.  He also opens blinded eyes, raises up the oppressed, provides relief to those in distress.  Yet he turns the way of the wicked upside down.

The psalmist gives a compelling argument for praising and believing in the God of Jacob.  If the God of Jacob is as great as described–and He is–He is truly worthy of our faith.  Let Him give you happiness and freedom.  Believe Him for justice and provision.  God will definitely fulfill your longings and needs as you trust Him.  He will not fail!

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