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SCRIPTURE: Psalm 146:1-10


KEY VERSES: 5 Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God:7 Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The Lord looseth the prisoners: (Psalm 146:5 & 7)


BACKGROUND: Key thoughts from Psalm 146…


·        The evidence of life is praise (Psalm 146:1-2). We are not just speaking of physical life, but the life of God in the heart. In heaven, it is all praise; in hell, there is no praise; here on earth, you must make a choice.


·        The encouragement to faith is praise (Psalm 146:3-4). When we have faith in somebody -- our doctor, for instance -- we praise that person to others. When our faith is low, our praise will gradually subside, but when we major on praise, our faith will grow.


·        The encouragement to hope is praise (Psalm 146:5-7). When our hope is in the Lord, we can praise Him no matter what the circumstances may be. Faith is the upward look, and hope is the forward look.


·        The encouragement to love is praise (Psalm 146:8-10). We are speaking of our love for the Lord and others, and the Lord’s love for us. When we love someone, we trust that person, and greater trust brings greater love.


·        Life, faith, hope, and love -- all are all bound up in the practice of praise!


INTRODUCTION: The five psalms that conclude the book of Psalms are all hallelujah psalms. Notice that they begin with “Praise ye the Lord” and end with “Praise ye the Lord,” which means, of course, “hallelujah.” No longer do they tell anything of persecution or suffering; there are no prayers for help or deliverance from the enemy; there are no prayers of vengeance. The night of sin and suffering is over. Weeping is past and joy has come in the morning of the Millennium (See Psalm 30:5).


Today, we want to take a look at Psalm 146. We want to try and see from these verses that He Is Worthy! We want to be reminded that He is worthy of our love. He is worthy of our devotion. He is worthy of our obedience. He is worthy of everything we can offer to Him. But, in this Bible study, we want to zero in on the truth that He is worthy of our praise. Let’s look into that as we think about our topic for today: Executing Justice!


I. WORTHY OF PRAISE. (Psalm 146:1-2)


A. A Call To Praise. (Psalm 146:1)


(Psalm 146:1) Praise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul.


The Psalmist calls upon his soul to praise the Lord. There are many times when these fleshly bodies can find no reason to praise the Lord; but the redeemed soul can find limitless justification for loud and long praise to the Almighty. (See: Psalm 103:1-5; Ephesians 1:3.)


B. A Commitment To Praise. (Psalm 146:2)


(Psalm 146:2) While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.


The writer goes on to tell us that his praise will know no boundaries and no limits.


1. An Earthly Commitment.


As long as breath fills his lungs; this psalmist declares his intention to praise the Lord. If you are saved, disease, age, pain, suffering, sorrow, and even death, can never touch the reasons for true praise. We are commanded to be thankful for all things, even the negative things of life (See: 1 Thessalonians 5:18; Ephesians 5:20; Philippians 4:6). But, the real reasons for genuine praise are internal and not external. They are some of the things found in Psalm 103:1-5. (1) We are saved; (2) we are sons of God; (3) we are secure in Jesus forever; (4) we are headed to a city called Heaven. Those things are ours and cannot be touched by (1) this world, (2) by time or (3) by Satan! Therefore, we have a reason to rejoice, even when life is harsh, Luke 10:20.)


2. An Eternal Commitment.


The psalmist goes on to tell us that as long as he exists, in any form, he will still be personally involved in the business of praising the Lord. It’s hard to find a reason to praise the Lord from an earthly perspective. But, when we have exchanged the earthy for the heavenly and we stand perfected in His presence in glory, we will have even more reason to exalt the name of the Lord. And, we will do just that! If you don’t believe me, just take a glimpse into your own future (See: Revelation 4:1-11; Revelation 5:9-14).




(Psalm 146:3-4) 3 Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. 4 His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.


We are cautioned against trusting other men in these verses. There is a two-fold reason why.


A. Man Is A Powerless Creature.


The psalmist cautions us against making any man the object of our praise. We are told that man lacks the ability to “help.” That is an interesting word! It is often translated “salvation, deliverance and victory” in the Old Testament. The idea here is this: man can be helpful from time to time in this life; but man can never offer you eternal help. Therefore, we are to be cautious in giving our praise to them.


ILLUSTRATION: The trend in our society to give praise to actors, singers, athletes, etc. The trend in the modern church to give praise to preachers and singers. But the only One Who is worthy of our praise is the Lord. He is the only One Who can redeem us from our sins and change our eternal destiny.


B. Man Is A Passing Creature.


At his best, man is a transient creature. He is here in this world for a short time and then he is gone (See: James 4:14). And, when man passes from the scene; all that he was and all that he offered to other men pass away with him (See: Ecclesiastes 2:16; 8:10; 9:5). God, on the other hand, is eternal. What He does and what He gives are eternal as well. Therefore, He and not man, deserves all the praise we can render to Him! He is worthy!




To back up what he is saying, the Psalmist shows us why the person who knows the Lord has many reasons to praise his name. You see, those who place their trust in themselves or others have no reliable reasons for rejoicing; but all those whose faith is in God have more to praise Him for than they can ever comprehend! That is the message of verse 5 (Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God:). And, the support for that position is offered in verses 6-10.


A. The Greatness Of God. (Psalm 146:6)


(Psalm 146:6) Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever:


We can always praise the Lord for His greatness, which is revealed in two special ways.


1. The Greatness Of His Power.


He is the God of creation! He is the God Who said “Let there be…” and there was (See: Psalm 19; Isa. 40:12)! His power is awesome and it is limitless! It is this power that He extends to us in salvation and in our support day by day! When you are overwhelmed by life, remember Who your God is and what He has done. Then remember that He is still “able” (See: Ephesians 3:20) and that He is still the “I Am” (See: Exodus 3:14). When you trust Him, His power becomes your power!


ILLUSTRATION: My car can move down the highway at high rates of speed. It can keep up that pace for hours on end. It can climb hills that would wear me out long before I ever reached the top. My car can do many things that I cannot do; but when I trust its power and yield myself to it abilities; the abilities of my car become mine! Suddenly, I can do what it is able to do, all because I trust it. The same is true, in a far greater sense, when it comes to the Lord. When I trust Him, His wealth becomes my wealth. His power becomes my power. His ability becomes by ability. I am enabled to stand, to walk, to win, all because I am resting in His power and not my own. He is worthy!


2. The Greatness Of His Promises.


We are told that God “keepeth truth forever.” I am sure there are many shades of meaning in that phrase. But, I think it has reference to the fact that God will stand by His Word. In other words, what God has promised, God will bring to pass. God’s children need ever fear a single one of His promises passing away unfulfilled. God will do everything He has said He would do. Every promise from His putting food on your table and clothes on your back (See: Matthew 6:25-34); to His saving you and keeping you saved (See: John 10:28); to His promise of a perfect home in Heaven someday (See: John 14:1-3; Revelation 21:4), will be perfectly and completely kept. He keepeth truth forever!


ILLUSTRATION: F.B. Meyer said, “If any promise of God should fail, the heavens would cloth themselves in sackcloth; the sun, the moon and the stars would reel from their courses; the universe would rock, and a hollow wind would moan through a ruined creation the awful fact that God can lie.But we need never fear that taking place! Why? -- You can count on Him (See: Hebrews 6:18; Titus 1:2)! Therefore, He is worthy!


B. The Grace Of God. (Psalm 146:7-9)


It think we could stop right there and understand the great truth the He is worthy of all our praise. But, the psalmist continues to list the reasons the redeemed have for praising the Lord. Just look at what He does for His people and I think you will agree: He is worthy!


1. The Lord Fights For The Helpless. (Psalm 146:7)


(Psalm 146:7) Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The Lord looseth the prisoners:


He helps those who cannot help themselves! Just as He delivered Israel from the cruel bondage of their captors; He has delivered His redeemed people from the cruel bondage of sin and Satan. When we could not deliver ourselves, He stepped in by grace and saved us (See: Psalm 40:1-3). He is worthy!


2. The Lord Feeds The Hungry. (Psalm 146:7)


(Psalm 146:7) Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The Lord looseth the prisoners:


Not merely our daily bread; but every need we have both physical and spiritual is met by our wonderful Father (See: Philippians 4:19)! We like to focus on those blessings which are physical in nature; but the greatest of God’s blessings are spiritual. I can remember times when I needed a word for my soul; and He never let me down. He is worthy!


3. The Lord Frees The Hostage. (Psalm 146:7)


(Psalm 146:7) Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The Lord looseth the prisoners:


He delivered Israel from her tormentors and He has done the same for you and me. Jesus came to set man free (See: John 8:36). He delivered us from the greatest danger of all; He delivered us from our lost, hell bound condition (See: Luke 4:18). He is worthy!


4. The Lord Lights The Blind. (Psalm 146:8)


(Psalm 146:8) The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind: the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down: the Lord loveth the righteous:


Again, there is praise for a physical benefit. But, the opening of blinded eyes would be one of the calling cards of the Messiah when He came (See: Isaiah 42:16-18; Luke 4:18). Throughout His ministry Jesus did just that. He opened blind eyes on many occasion. But, I would remind you that there is a greater darkness that physical darkness! That poor soul trapped in sin is blind to the things of God. He is held prisoner in his darkness by Satan (See: 2 Corinthians 4:4). I was there one day, but Jesus came to where I was and He healed my blindness and restored my spiritual sight and brought me into His glorious light (See: 1 Peter 2:9). He is worthy!


5. The Lord Lifts The Broken. (Psalm 146:8)


(Psalm 146:8) The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind: the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down: the Lord loveth the righteous:


The idea here is that God lifts the burden from the backs of the weary ones. Oh, how many times has He lifted my burden and given me rest (See: Matthew 11:28). How many times have I been privileged to roll my burden over on Him just because he cares for me (See: 1 Peter 5:7; Psalm 55:22). But, then there was that day when the burden of sin on my soul was so heavy that I felt that I could not go another step. I came to Him by faith, rolled by sin burden off onto Jesus and He lifted me by His mighty power! He is worthy!


6. The Lord Loves The Believer. (Psalm 146:8)


(Psalm 146:8) The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind: the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down: the Lord loveth the righteous:


God has a special place in His heart for those who are in a right relationship with Him (See: Jeremiah 31:3). He tells us that nothing can ever severe that bond of love that ties us to the Lord (See: Romans 8:38-39). He loves us even when we are unlovable! He loves us when we deserve hatred. He loves us in spite of our foolishness and our failures. He loves us unconditionally, completely and eternally! He is worthy!


7. The Lord Safeguards The Strangers. (Psalm 146:9)


(Psalm 149:9) The Lord preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.


The psalmist even praises the Lord because He watches out for those who are not even part of the nation of Israel. He cares for those who are strangers by birth, but have adopted Israel as their new home. What grace! Of course, there is a sense in which you and I are strangers and pilgrims (See: 1 Peter 2:11). And, as we travel through this earthly land as pilgrims headed for a city, we can count on the Lord to watch over us, protect us and to be ever present with us as we journey (See: Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5). I sure am glad that as I journey through this world, I am secured by His protection and by His promise. He is worthy!


8. The Lord Supports The Sufferers. (Psalm 146:9)


(Psalm 149:9) The Lord preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.


The most disadvantaged members in that society were the focus of God’s watch care and protection. Those that others would often ignore and forget were never off the mind of God. He cared for the sufferers. By the way, He still does! When you and I hurt as we travel this path, we can trust Him to comfort us in our suffering for His glory (See: 2 Corinthians 12:9; Hebrews 4:15-16). You and I may not have much by the world’s standards, but the poorest believer possesses more than the world’s richest person! Thank God, there is grace for the journey! He is worthy!


9. The Lord Sentences The Sinner. (Psalm 146:9)


(Psalm 149:9) The Lord preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.


This doesn’t sound like much of a reason for praise, but when we view it from God’s perspective, it is. You see, just as the Lord cares for His Own along the path of life; He frustrates the plans of the wicked. In the end, God will vindicate His Name and exalt Himself. All those who love Him will live with Him in heaven. But, those who deny Him will face the judgment of Hell. How is this grace? Imagine if you will, a heaven filled with unregenerate, unredeemed sinners. Heaven would be Hell! We may not understand this truth fully today; but when we arrive in Heaven, with a mind like the Lord’s, we will! He is worthy!


C. The Glory Of God. (Psalm 146:10)


(Psalm 146:10) The Lord shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the Lord.


He will forever be God. He will forever reign. He will forever be worthy of our praise. His promises will forever stand. His people will be preserved forever. And, as the endless expanse of eternity unfolds before our eyes, we will forever lift our voices in praise to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. We will forever declare that He is worthy!


CONCLUSION: The anthems of the redeemed in Heaven revolve around the fact that God is worthy. But, let me remind you that He is worthy right now! Therefore, let me challenge you to praise the Lord and to magnify His name for He is worthy!


If you are behind in the praise department and want to catch up; you can begin that process right now. If you are not a child of God and would like to experience all the great things He can do for you; you can have that. If there is a burden, a need or a situation that needs to be brought to the Lord; you can do that as well.


THOUGH TO REMEMBER: “God can hit a strait lick with a crooked stick!” -- Dr. G. Carl Green


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REFERENCES: References used in this Bible study are the King James Bible (KJV), the Scofield Study Bible, the Believer’s Bible Commentary, David C. Cook Publishers Bible-in-Life, Charles J. Woodbridge Bible Outlines, Dr. Cliff Robinson Bible Outlines, Dr. Lee Roberson’s Sermons, Rev. Don Robinson’s Bible Outlines, KJV Bible Commentary, Our Daily Bread, Women’s Study Bible, The Bible Reader’s Companion Ed. 3, The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version, Thru the Bible with J. Vernon McGee, (Warren) Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the New Testament Ed. 4, (Warren) Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the Old Testament, With the Word Bible Commentary, Warren Wiersbe’s “Be” Series: Old & New Testaments, selected illustrations, and other references.



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