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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 146

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The Fifth Book of Psalms (c 107-150)
Message: The Help of Man Versus God (v 1-10)

Psalms 146 Commentary 

(146:1) Praising God - These last five psalms overflow with praise. Each one begins and ends with "Praise ye the LORD." They show us where, why, and how to praise God. What does praise do? (1) Praise takes our minds off our problems and shortcomings and helps us focus on God. (2) Praise leads us from individual meditation to corporate worship. (3) Praise causes us to consider and appreciate God's character. (4) Praise lifts our perspective from the earthly to the heavenly. (5) Praise prepares our hearts to receive God's love and the power of his Holy Spirit. 146:3-9 The psalm writer portrays powerful people as inadequate saviors, making false promises they cannot deliver on (146:3). God brings hope and help to those who are in need. Jesus affirmed this concern for the poor and afflicted in Luke 4:18-21 and 7:21-23. He does not separate physical needs from spiritual needs but attends to both. While God (not the government) gives hope for those in need, we are his instruments here on earth to help make it happen. 

(146:9) Way of the Wicked - God's plans frustrate the "way of the wicked" because his values are the opposite of the world's. Jesus turned society's values upside down when he proclaimed that "many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first" (Matthew 19:30) and "whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it" (Matthew 16:25). The present world chooses gods of power and self-development. Jesus revealed that God is loving and taught his followers the path to greatness through service and self-sacrifice (Mark 10:42-45). Don't be surprised when others don't understand your Christian values; at the same time, don't give in to theirs.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

The Everlasting Word

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Psalms with Chapter 146. In our text today, we see the theme of man's help versus God's help. In making an application, we see that the help of man is temporal and unstable, but the help from God is lasting and complete. Today, the world teaches us to believe in ourselves, and bookstores are full of self-help books. The World's view is unstable, but God's view is lasting and complete. How about you? Do you value the world's opinion over God's perspective or the Word of God? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember that you can depend on the Word of God because it is complete, unchanging, everlasting, and without error.


Psalm 146

Psalm 146

 1Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul.

 2While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.

 3Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.

 4His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.

 5Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God:

 6Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever:

 7Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The LORD looseth the prisoners:

 8The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous:

 9The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.

 10The LORD shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the LORD.