Psalm 146

The author cautions us to not trust people in positions of leadership. He intends to praise the LORD all his life, and even with his dying breath.

 


 

DO NOT TRUST LEADERS

 

VERSE 1. Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, my soul.

Praise the LORD. The Hebrew expression is hallv-yohh.

 

VERSE 2. While I live, I will praise the LORD. I will sing praises to my God as long as I exist.

While I live. The author intends to praise the LORD all his life, and even with his dying breath.

 

VERSE 3. Don’t put your trust in princes, each a son of man in whom there is no help.

Don’t put your trust in princes. Powerful leaders cannot to be trusted. Their only interest is self-interest. To the extent that we feed into their own self-interests, they will treat us nicely. But once we do not feed into their self-interests, they will abandon us or persecute us.

  • That is the case for secular leadership as well as for religious leaders.

 

VERSE 4. His spirit departs, and he returns to the earth. In that very day, his thoughts perish.

his thoughts perish. When we die, our plans die with us. There is no more recourse. For the person who does not know God, this can be frightening.

he returns to the earth. When we die, our body returns to the dust:

Psalm 104:29. You hide your face: they are troubled; you take away their breath: they die, and return to the dust.

Ecclesiastes 3:20. All go to one place. All are from the dust, and all turn to dust again.

 

VERSE 5. Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD, his God:

Happy is he. If we know the LORD, our life, and even our own death, can be marked by joy.

 

VERSE 6. who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps truth forever;

made heaven and earth. The author sees the LORD as the creator.

Psalm 115:15. Blessed are you by the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

 

VERSE 7. who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The LORD frees the prisoners.

 

VERSE 8. The LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD raises up those who are bowed down. The LORD loves the righteous.

 

VERSE 9. The LORD preserves the foreigners. He upholds the fatherless and widow, but the way of the wicked he turns upside down.

foreigners. They are very special to the LORD.

 

VERSE 10. The LORD will reign forever; your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the LORD!

 


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