Psalm 146:1-10 Hymn By Anonymous
Psalm 146:1-10 Help! I Need Somebody!
The remaining psalms are hymns of praise. What a great way to conclude a great book. The psalmist begins by exhorting everyone to praise the Lord (v. 1). Everyone will praise the Lord someday. Every knee will bow to Christ (cf. Phil. 2:9-11). Whether from Heaven or from Hell, every created being will praise the Lord.
The psalmist may praise the Lord in Heaven forever but his concern at this point is to praise the Lord on earth (v. 2). Did you know you can praise the Lord with your life? You don’t have to go around saying “Praise the Lord” to everyone, though you could. A better way to praise the Lord is to live such a life that others question what’s different about you. You can do that in your office or in your job. Christians already have a different smell about them (cf. 2 Cor. 2:14, see A Good Stink). When we act like Christians, people notice.
When we leave this earth, we can no longer have an effect here (v. 4). We should take advantage of the opportunity to lead people to Christ while we are here. There won’t be anyone to lead to Christ in Heaven. Everyone is already saved up there!
We might think that the more we cozy up to powerful people, the more power we will have (v. 3). But the All Powerful One (vv. 6-7) is the one we should trust. He alone has the power to save us from every situation including sin. Of course, He saves us from the worst sin, rejecting Christ. If we trust Him, we will live with God forever (cf. Eph. 2:8-9).
The twelve patriarchs were all sons of Jacob (v. 5). Jacob was later called Israel. All salvation comes from the Israelites and a son of Jacob, Jesus. When the Bible speaks of a “son,” it can mean any generation of descendant, technically speaking.
When you feel down, try witnessing to someone about the Lord (vv. 6-7). You’d be surprised how that will cheer you up. That is one way of praising the Lord. Another way to praise God is with our lips (cf. Heb. 13:15). We can thank Him for giving us food and providing food for others.
He sets free all who are bound in any way and trust in Him (v. 7c). Sometimes He does that while we are on terra firma. Sometimes he sets us free by taking us to Heaven. Don’t rush getting to Heaven. Do God’s will and let Him decide our time of arrival up there. I had a preacher say that at a funeral. Sometimes older people lose their friends and want to speed up their spiritual journey. Don’t. Serve the Lord (cf. Josh. 24:15).
Years ago a fella in my college dormitory challenged me to read John 9, the story of a blind man healed by Jesus. I kept telling him I didn’t know where John 9 was in the Bible. He was persistent. I opened right to John 9 after he handed me his New Testament. God had gotten my attention. Not long after, I prayed to know God through Christ. The fella explained to me that though the blind man had been physically healed, more importantly, he was able to see spiritually.
Verse 8 states that the Lord opens the eyes of blind people. He heals some physically. He heals all who call upon Him, spiritually (cf. Isa. 55:6). He does not wish that any go to Hell (cf. 2 Pet. 3:9).
God loves righteousness. He makes everyone righteous through Christ who becomes a Christian (v. 8c, cf. 1 Cor. 1:30). Did you realize that if you’ve trusted Christ, you are righteous in God’s eyes? Theologically, that’s called “positional righteousness” or “positional sanctification.” Try using those terms at your next dinner party. It means God sees us as He sees Christ. Christ’s righteousness becomes our righteousness. But our job is to act out His righteousness. That’s called “practical sanctification.”
God should be praised because He takes care of everyone, even Gentiles, orphans and widows (v. 9). He sends rain and sunshine on the evil and righteous alike (cf. Matt. 5:45). But He enjoys tripping up the unsaved.
The best way to lead someone to the Lord is to try to “throw a wrench” into “their works” (v. 9c). If you can get the gears of their mind to grind to a halt, they can think outside their boxes. Sometimes, then, the Holy Spirit can convict them and open their minds to the Lord (cf. John 16:8).
The God of Jacob, the Jews and Jerusalem, will rule over the universe forever, as He always has (v. 10). But someday, in a special way, the Descendant of Jacob and David, Jesus, will reign over the world. Right now, the devil is in charge (cf. 2 Cor. 4:4; Eph. 2:2). But he will be deposited into his future home, the lake of fire, bequeathing control of the earth to Christ (cf. Matt. 25:41; Rev. 20:10).
What a wonderful day that will be! Christ will reign over the cosmos forever! Praise the Lord! I can hardly wait!
John 16:7 “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.”
Proverbs 18:2-3 Text Messages
One of my favorite proverbs is, “A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding than a hundred blows into a fool” (Prov. 17:10).
A fool is hard to reach (v. 2). They don’t use reasoning. They don’t read the Bible even if they are Christians. A fool in Proverbs is generally code for an unbeliever but many Christians are also fools. Technically, they are “carnal” or “fleshly” (cf. 1 Cor. 3:1-3 KJV NASB).
We have a whole generation now that does not use their minds. They are basically mindless. Not all of them but a lot. It is the fault of our generation. We made things too easy for them: calculators, computers, smart phones, electronic games. They no longer have to think. Who can blame them? Many cannot make change when at cashier jobs. Soon they won’t be able to sign their names in cursive. Prty sun evrythg will be in txt lingo. LOL.
Have you tried to explain the gospel to anyone lately? Have you been in a church where the gospel was explained to you? I was in a meeting of pastors that supposedly wanted to reach the city with the gospel. I asked what I thought was an obvious question. I asked them, “What is the gospel?” No one could tell me. I told them I wondered how we could spread the gospel if we didn’t agree or know what it was? The pastors group never met again, to my knowledge. Maybe they just didn’t invite me.
By the way, the gospel is on the first page of my website, in the right-hand column under How To Be Sure You’re Going To Heaven (no fine print, no caveats).
Fools only want to hear themselves speak (v. 2b). They love the sound of their own voice. Some of them are wicked. Wicked people cause good people to scatter (v. 3a). Most people don’t like them (v. 3b). A wise person is out looking for wisdom and will avoid fools.
Who are you hanging with these days? Bad company will corrupt you (cf. 1 Cor. 15:33). They don’t want to hear what the Bible says only what they believe. Many of them will text but won’t read the Text. What kind of person are you?