Sunday, June 23, 2019

Psalm 146:7b-10 NIV 2011

The Lord sets prisoners free, the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but frustrates the ways of the wicked. The Lord reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the Lord.

The powerful end to, as one commentator wrote, “a hymn in praise to Zion’s heavenly King.” The Lord releases believers from the bondage of sin by giving clear direction for living lives yielded to Him. The righteous honor God by ordering their lives according to His will. The Lord watches over everyone including those who are not His and acts according to His will. Psalm 145:20, “The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.” God is worthy of praise.

One commentator wrote, “The Psalter…is also the enduring prayer book of the people of God.” Having studied many of the Psalms during our BSF year, I’ve come to find great help in growing closer to the Lord through the Psalms. Many point to Jesus and give me direction in worship and praise daily. Psalm 121:1, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from” My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” My help comes from our praise worthy God.

Why is God worthy of our praise?

Praising God together,

S

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