This morning I read one of the great “Hallel Psalms” – Psalm 146. The Hebrew word “Hallel” means “praise.” Add “Jah” at the end of the word and it’s “Hallelujah!” (“Praise the Lord!”) – nearly a universal expression of worship among Christians and Jews! Most scholars see Psalms 113-118 and 145-150 as “Hallel Psalms” – Psalm 136 is sometimes referred to as “the great Hallel” (and is believed to have been sung “antiphonally” [responsively] by two choirs in worship.
But back to Psalm 146. If I were to give it a title it would go something like this: “Praise the Lord Alone! – Put Your Trust in Him, Not Man!” Listen, human leaders will fail us. But the Lord is creator, sustainer, provider, protector, deliverer, public defender and ultimately King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Praise Him! Trust Him! Well that’s my personal summary of this great Psalm. But my summary pales in comparison to the words of the Psalm itself…
“Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul! I will praise the LORD as long as I live! I will sing praises to my God while I have my being!
“Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.
“Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry.
“The LORD sets the prisoners free! The LORD opens the eyes of the blind! The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down! The LORD loves the righteous! The LORD watches over the sojourners! He upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked He brings to ruin! [Note: most of the exclamation marks have been added by me… couldn’t help it!]
“The LORD will reign forever – your God, O Zion, to all generations! Praise the LORD!”
(Psalm 146 ESV)
My response? Oh, praise the Lord! Let’s put our trust in Him!