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Preaching Series on Psalms
Psalm 146:1-10 Commentary
by Rolf Jacobson
[This is Week 6 of a 6-week preaching series on Psalms.]
Preaching text: Psalm 146; accompanying text: Luke 7:18-23
Reorientation, Part 3: Praise and Trust
The Psalter ends with an extended call to praise -- seven psalms of praise bring the Psalter to an astounding peal of praise.
Psalm 146 is one of these psalms. This psalm calls us to praise and invites us to trust.
In the call to praise, the psalmist calls others to praise the Lord (Praise the Lord!) and at the same time exhorts himself or herself to praise the Lord (Praise the Lord, o my soul!).
In the reasons for praise, the psalmist emphasizes that the Lord is the only one in whom we can truly place our trust: “Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals in whom there is no trust.”
The psalm then recounts God as both creator and deliverer: The one who made heaven and earth and sets the prisoners free, heals the sick, lifts up the oppressed.
These acts are not universal -- not everyone experiences every grace from God. The Psalter knows that we grow ...
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