Psalm 146 King James Version (KJV)
1 Praise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul.
2 While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.
Solomon sad it best when he was finishing up the book of Ecclesiastes. “Fear God and keep His commandments for this is the whole duty of man”. Fearing God means that we are totally awed by His majesty and the fact that He takes the time to care about little old me. If you really think about that it should make you shout His praises from the housetop all day long. Here is the creator of the universe, the one who keeps the heavens moving and makes the sun to shine, the one who raises the tide and brings the summer breeze, the one who prated the Red Sea and stopped the sundial in it’s place. He takes the time to hear my prayer!
Imagine if you would, just for a minute, that The President of the US was at you’re beck and call. Anytime you needed him, he would be there for you, to give you peace or joy or comfort. He would listen to your every request and make sure you knew that he loved you and would take care of you through any type of problem. Imagine that he had the ability too grant any request you brought to him, and that he was powerful enough to move mountains if that’s what it took. Wouldn’t you be devoted to him if that was the case?
Our God is so much bigger and higher than any earthly leader. And He can accomplish so much more. There is nothing impossible with Him. How can I keep silent when I have this loving God watching over me. As long as He keeps me alive I will praise Him.
3 Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.
This is a hard saying. I am always putting my trust in man. I trust my banker to take care of the money I have in the bank (even though it’s not much). I trust my mechanic to fix my car the right way and not overcharge me. I trust the grocery store to have food that is not tainted with anything that will harm me. I trust the mailman to give me all my mail and not take the stuff that he might want. The list is endless on whom I will trust on this earth.
But there is only one I will trust my life to and that is God. There will come a day when we will be asked to turn our backs on God and trust earthy leaders to supply our needs. We will have a difficult choice to make on that day. If we do not take the mark of the beast we will not be able to buy or sell anything (Rev 13:17). Our family and friends will plead with us to take that mark and just be normal. The pressure to take that mark will be more than anything we have ever faced in our lives. What will you choose? I pray I have the strength to choose God over man on that day.
4 His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.
5 Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God:
6 Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever:
7 Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The Lord looseth the prisoners:
Our hope must rest in the God of Jacob, the God of Israel. He made all that we can see – in the earth and the heavens. There is nothing man can discover that God did not make. We keep exploring the heavens to find planets like earth, or stars like the sun – to see if there is any other life out there, or a planet that maybe we can one day live on. Mankind is fascinated by space. Star Trek, Star Wars and other movie series are proof of that. The heavens call us to discoverer more.
Yet we serve the God who made those heavens. He put everything in place. I would much rather spend my time searching Him out, studying His word, getting to know Him, than gazing at His creation. He has all the answers – the stars do not have any answers. If you really want the answer to a big question about how a building was built, you would go to the architect. If you wanted to know the minute details of how a car was put together, you would go to the auto manufacturer. You would go to the one who created it,
If scientists really want to know how this universe came about, they should seek the one who made it! I have no doubt God remembers how He came up with the idea and how He put it all together. Genesis 1 gives us an outline. The details are with the master planner – God. When we get to know Him, our questions will be answered. He loves us so much that He will take time to show us the answer if we just ask Him.
8 The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind: the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down: the Lord loveth the righteous:
9 The Lord preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.
10 The Lord shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the Lord.
What is ailing you today? What is keeping you from praising the Lord? Have you been blinded by the allurements of this world and taken your eyes off the Good of heaven, who loves you? Are your eyes closed to what God is actually doing in your life right now, through any trial or test you may be facing? God can open those blinded eyes and show you His purpose and His plan if you’ll just trust Him. Are you bent over in pain or under a financial burden that you can’t seem to get rid of? God can alleviate the burden and set you straight again. There is nothing to hard for Him. No enemy can defeat Him, no power can come against Him, and He is on your side. He will always care for you and see you through the difficult moments in life when you take the time to praise Him. He loves you more than you can possibly fathom and he wants to bless you.
Right now, lift up your hands to heaven and sing out a praise song to the God of the heavens. Lift His praise to fill your household. Lift your praise so all will hear of your love for our wonderful, awesome God. Lift your praise and feel His presence come into the room, engulfing you in pure joy and peace. He is thee in the midst of your praise. He has been waiting to hear your voice because He loves you. Just praise Him!