Psalm 146 is one of my favorites. As the psalter comes to a close today, we are reminded of many important beliefs and practices through these praise psalms.
I attended a funeral service yesterday that was life changing for all who were present. It was a celebration of a Christ-centered life well lived. As I read this psalm this morning I couldn’t help but recall all of these themes from yesterday’s service.
I will praise the LORD all my life;Psalm 146:2 NIV
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
We are called to praise our God as long as we live, no matter what life holds. In the good times and the bad, in joy and sorrow, in health and in death, we are to praise God!
Do not put your trust in princes,Psalm 146:3-4 NIV
in human beings, who cannot save.
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
on that very day their plans come to nothing.
Life is short. We are all from dust and to dust return. Nothing in this life lasts, therefore our trust should be in God alone.
He is the Maker of heaven and earth,Psalm 146:6 NIV
the sea, and everything in them—
he remains faithful forever.
This is difficult to remember at times. When chaos seems to affect our lives it’s difficult to remember God is faithful. Yet he always has, and always will be faithful and we are called to join him in this faithfulness. No matter what life hands, no matter how much hurt or pain or destruction comes in this life, God is faithful. We are called to be faithful as he is faithful.
The LORD watches over the foreignerPsalm 146:9 NIV
and sustains the fatherless and the widow,
but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.
This is a key theme throughout the Hebrew Scriptures. God is one who looks after the widow, orphan, and foreigner. We are called to do the same. God is compassionate and cares for those in need. We are called to do the same.
Today I am thankful for who God is and for what he has done. Though I don’t always understand why things work out the way they do, he is sovereign and faithful. He loves the sinners and abhors the sin. He cares for the needy and those whom society has forgotten. He is faithful forever, and loves us in spite of our faults. And he calls us to be just like him. And for that we praise the LORD.