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COMMENTARY


Psalm 146 is the first of the five final Hallelujah psalms that bring the book of Psalms to its conclusion. Each of these psalms begins and ends with the exclamation “Hallelujah!” or “Praise the LORD!” The praise of God is the destiny of the Psalms, and it is our destiny as well. The path to that destiny is the way of faith. So the first psalm in this grand doxology calls us to praise the Lord (146:1–2) and to trust him as well (146:3–10). As we will see, praise and faith always go together (Westermann 1981:155, 160–161), for faith in God as our ultimate help and hope produces praise for him in our lives.

Futato, M. D. (2009). The Book of Psalms. In Cornerstone Biblical Commentary, Vol 7: The Book of Psalms, The Book of Proverbs (p. 429). Tyndale House Publishers.

 

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION


  • React to the phrase, “In a real way, the object of our praise defines us.
  • How are verses 7-9 a good description of who you are in Christ?
  • How is verse 10 a source of hope? How is it an affront to our cultural sensitivities?
  • What or who are you expecting? What will happen upon arrival?
  • What are some daily life examples that we have been created to praise?

 

EXTRA CREDIT


  • What makes it easier for us to accept the labels our enemies – particularly our own sin – want us to wear?
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