Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! While I live I will praise the Lord; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. Do not put your trust in princes, nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help. His spirit departs, he returns to his earth; in that very day his plans perish. Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps truth forever, who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. The Lord gives freedom to the prisoners. The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; the Lord raises those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the strangers; He relieves the fatherless and widow; but the way of the wicked He turns upside down. The Lord shall reign forever– Your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the Lord! (Psalm 146)
While I Have My Being
The end of the Psalm book is filled with praise. What better way to conclude a book that is filled with worship to God at every level. The author of this psalm is deeply moved by the power of the Lord and shows that happiness can only be found in trusting the plans of the Creator rather than man. This would seem to come from a writer of older age as the maturity of confidence has been found throughout life. Reflecting upon a lifetime of battles won and lost the author recognizes the eternal truth that only God can deliver. No greater power can there be but the presence of the One who made heaven and earth. His experience proves the word of the Lord is sure, justice can only come from above and none of God’s children are forgotten.
Psalm 146 sings forth in loud anthems of praise that God is faithful in every way. This is the same Lord we worship today. David writes that Jehovah is his Shepherd and he would have no wants in life. Psalm 146 burst forth with a song of praise echoing the majesty of worshipping the Lord who will not forget His people. He does not forget us. He protects us and delivers us from evil. The hand of the Lord shields us from danger and blesses us with the bounty of blessings material and spiritual. He will always, always be in our lives.
Wednesday is a great day. We are in the middle of the week but we are still at the beginning of our day of worship. Today – meditate on how many times God has blessed you and watched over you in life. Look carefully through the dust files of yesterday and witness the hand of the Lord delivering you. You will see many wonderful things. Take this psalm with you (write it down and stick it in your pocket) and praise Him today. As you go through the day think about the psalm as given by this author – “I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.” The author does not suggest he will praise the Lord just in this life. He knows that his praise will last beyond this life and then through the eternal ages. Now that is a long time. But he wants to do that and so should we. While we have our being … as long as we exist!
Adoration is the surge of the spirit of man upward and Godward. (Georgia Harkness, Prayer and the Common Life, 1948)