Sunday, March 16, 2014

7 Reasons to praise the LORD

Read Psalm 146.

We have cause to praise the LORD.  Putting our trust in anything or anyone else will eventually prove disappointing.  But placing trust in the one and only Eternal God, Creator of heaven and earth, we find help and hope (v.5).

That God loves us as individuals would be enough to praise Him forever.  But the the psalmist cites observable reasons for such adulation.
1. The LORD executes justice for the oppressed. (v.7a)
God is the ultimate Judge.  He has promised to right every wrong.

2. The LORD gives food to the hungry. (v.7b)
God sees the individual plight of human beings.  He has promised to meet our needs.

3. The LORD sets the prisoners free. (v.7c)
Before experiencing God's deliverance, people are bound by sin.  He offers complete forgiveness and freedom in Christ.

4. The LORD opens the eyes of the blind. (v.8a)
Naturally, people are spiritually dead.  When by faith they become alive in Christ, the veil is lifted and they can begin to see and understand spiritual truth.

5. The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down. (v.8b)
The Holy Spirit is called the Comforter.  He comes alongside the believer in Jesus to encourage and strengthen us.

6. The LORD watches over the sojourners. (v.9a)
We are strangers and pilgrims in this world.  Our true home is in heaven.  In the meantime, while we are here, Jesus is the Good Shepherd who watches over us and cares for us.

7. The LORD upholds the widow and fatherless. (v.9b)
God's special attention is given to those who cannot help themselves.  The Scriptures contain severe warnings for those who would try to take advantage of the helpless.

How can we NOT praise the LORD?

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