A Season of Psalms - Psalm 146:5-10
“Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin. The Lord will reign forever, your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the Lord!”
English Standard Version (ESV)
In the 1930s, between the two world wars, France erected the Maginot Line between itself and Germany. The line was thought to be so trustworthy, so impenetrable, that Germany would never again be able to invade France. However, the German armies were able to rapidly bypass the fortress and sweep virtually unopposed across France, Belgium, and Holland to the English Channel. The military might of the Maginot Line in which France had placed its salvation had quickly become a house of cards.
Psalm 146 describes a similar house of cards, one that will fail every time: man. Verse 2: “Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.” Man is not eternal; he is finite and his existence is but a vapor in the economy of God. On the day of his death, all of his grandiose plans come to nothing and perish with him. But the one whose help and hope rests firmly in the eternal God of Jacob will be blessed. We can trust the One who creates and sustains all things, knowing He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is the same God who releases the captives, opens blind eyes, straightens the crooked, favors the righteous, and watches over strangers, orphans, and widows. He is the same God who is intimately interested in every facet of your life, who rejoices when you rejoice and weeps when you weep. He is Jehovah, God of creation, Lord God Almighty, the Balm of Gilead, the Rock of Ages…and He is the only One worthy of our “hallelujah.” Today, in whatever your hands find to do, be sure to praise the Lord!
Further Reading: Jeremiah 17:1-8; Luke 4:16-22
Pray with me:
Father, I come to worship and bow down, to kneel before the Lord my God and Maker. My heart and my spirit cry “hallelujah” for the great things You have done. To God be all the glory! I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.