Summary: Why we should PRAISE GOD!
Psalm 146 Why we should PRAISE GOD!
I. WE SHOULD PRAISE THE LORD BECAUSE OF - HIS HELP
Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help,.. (v. 5a). He keepeth truth forever (v. 6b). This refers to the faithfulness of God. Jacob's life proves the faithfulness of God!
Deut. 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God,..
2 Tim. 2:13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
Lam. 3:22,23 It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
II. WE SHOULD PRAISE THE LORD BECAUSE OF - HIS HOPE
Happy is he...whose hope is in the LORD his God: (v. 5b). Our God is a personal God!
1 John 1:3,7 ..our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ... if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another,..
2 Cor. 6:16 ...ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
III. WE SHOULD PRAISE HIM BECAUSE OF - HIS HOLINESS
He executeth judgment and the wicked He turneth upside down (v. 7, 9).
IV. WE SHOULD PRAISE HIM BECAUSE OF - HIS PROVISION
He giveth food to the hungry (v. 7).
Matt. 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Ps 107:9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
V. WE SHOULD PRAISE THE LORD BECAUSE OF - HIS POWER He ..made heaven, and earth, and sea, and all that therein is: (v. 6).
God Is All Powerful. Gen. 1:1; In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Ps. 33:6; By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. Ps. 119:90. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.
Ps 62:11 God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God. Heb 1:3 He upholdeth all things by the word of His power
He Has Power To loose the prisoners. (v. 7), open the eyes of the blind (v. 8), raise them that are bowed down (v. 8). To save, secure, satisfy, sanctify, separate...
VI. PRAISE THE LORD BECAUSE OF - HIS PRESENCE The Lord loveth the righteous (v. 8).
John 14:23 Jesus said,.. If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He loves me with an everlasting love!
VII. PRAISE THE LORD BECAUSE OF - HIS PROTECTION
The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: (v. 9a). Here we see the Goodness, Mercy, & Grace of God. Ps. 145:15-17. The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. 16 Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. 17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.
We Deserve Nothing By His Gracious Hand, yet He provides sunshine & rain, wind & storm, grace & mercy.
VIII. PRAISE THE LORD BECAUSE OF - HIS PRE-EMINENCE
The Lord shall reign forever.. (v. 10a).
Will Man Reign Forever? (v. 3, 4). Ps 10:16 The LORD is King for ever and ever: Ps 145:13 Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations. Rev. 11:15 ... The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
CONCLUSION: HOW SHOULD WE PRAISE THE LORD? (v. 1, 2).
Through Salvation - Praise the Lord, O my soul (v. 1)
Through Service - While I live I will Praise the Lord (v. 2)
Through Song - I will sing praise unto my God (v. 2)