A Christian Perspective on Psalm 146

v1-2, Declaring a determination to praise God, is the consequence of pursuing a relationship with Him. He always proves himself praiseworthy, Jesus attributed the greatest commandment humanity could obey was to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, body and mind, Mark 12:30.

Verses 3 and 4 make a point by a play on Hebrew words. In Hebrew adam, meaning ‘man,’ is the same word for ‘earth’ or ‘ground.’ So dirt goes to dirt.

v6 is quoted twice in Acts 4:24 & 14:15. The praiseworthy position and character of Jesus as The Lord is based on the fundamental right of power over his own creation, which we are an innate part of. We are created to praise Him for our own benefit, strength & salvation. His integrity is real from beginning to end, see Titus 1:2 & Hebrews 6:18

v8-9

· Jesus opened the eyes of the blind (Matthew 9:27-29).

· Jesus raised those who are bowed down (Luke 13:11-13).

· Jesus loved the righteous (Matthew 13:43, 25:46).

· Jesus watched over the strangers (Matthew 8:5-10).

· Jesus blessed the fatherless and widow (Luke 7:12-15).

· Jesus turned the way of the wicked…upside down (Matthew 21:12).

· The logical conclusion is that Jesus is Yahweh, the LORD.

Like Father, like Son. For us, these lines may bring to mind the oracle of Isaiah 61 by which Jesus announced his mission, and further signs of his identity which he sent back to John the Baptist (Luke 4:18f.; 7:21f.).
 v10, The sovereignty of the LORD is seen both in the power of his creation, as well as the all encompassing reach of his grace to humanity, forever! John Newton put it this way, “One of the most beautiful paradoxes in God’s wisdom is sovereign grace. The same grace that is unmerited is also unstoppable”: So why stop praising His grace, once you get it?

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