Psalm 146 (NIV)
One of the Hallelujah psalms!
“Hallelujah is a compound word made up of two Hebrew words: hallel (an imperative verb meaning ‘praise’) and jah (a contraction of the name for God, Jehovah). So hallelujah means ‘Praise the Lord (or Jehovah).’”
— James Montgomery Boice
1 Praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord, my soul.
2 I will praise the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
“We cannot be too firm in the holy resolve to praise God, for it is the chief end of our living and being that we should glorify God and enjoy him for ever.”
–Charles Haddon Spurgeon
3 Do not put your trust in princes,
in human beings, who cannot save.
4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
on that very day their plans come to nothing.
5 Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord their God.
6 He is the Maker of heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them—
Colossians 1 tells us that JESUS is supreme in all creation: For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.
he remains faithful forever.
7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed
and gives food to the hungry.
Think of Jesus touching and healing lepers and feeding thousands of people with miraculous bread and fish!
The Lord sets prisoners free,
8 the Lord gives sight to the blind,
. . . and remember how Jesus helped crippled people to walk and opened the eyes of the blind!
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,
. . . and don’t forget the bent-over woman, and the woman with the issue of blood, when Jesus took their hands and literally lifted them up!
the Lord loves the righteous.
9 The Lord watches over the foreigner
. . . and look at how kindly Jesus healed the centurion’s servant and the Syro-Phonecian woman’s daughter!
and sustains the fatherless and the widow,
. . . and he brought joy to the widow of Nain when he brought her son back to life!
but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.
10 The Lord reigns forever,
your God, O Zion, for all generations.
From the Nicene Creed, speaking of Jesus:
And He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
Praise the Lord.
“Here endeth this gladsome Psalm. Here endeth not the praise of the Lord, which shall ascend for ever and ever.”
–Charles Haddon Spurgeon
HERE is a song that just begs you to sing along! — “Jesus, What a Beautiful Name.”