A Life of Praise

Gordon VanWylen

READ : Psalm 146:1-10

Praise the Lord! This is the pervading theme of the last five psalms in the Psalter. As the psalmists contemplate God’s presence in various facets of life, their joy and gratitude overflow into these hymns of praise. This psalm begins with the author declaring his intention to let praise be a dominant theme throughout his entire, though limited, life. It closes by embracing all of God’s people (Zion) in a song of praise throughout eternity.

Verses 3-4 and 5-6 are a contrasting couplet about the person in whom we trust. Will it be princes and human leaders, whose days like ours are limited, or God, the Creator who remains faithful forever? The reason for trusting God is not simply that he endures, but that his actions are so different from most human leaders. He upholds the cause of the oppressed, gives food to the hungry, sets prisoners free, gives sight to the blind, watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless and widows. A recent video shows joyful worship and singing at a large church in a refugee camp in Africa. People living in desperate circumstances have found life in Christ, in part through a Words of Hope>/I> radio broadcast. Is our praise matched with gracious deeds and trust?

PRAYER

Lord, help me to perceive your love and care in my life, the lives of others and your creation, and then respond with genuine praise and deeds of compassion. Amen.