-Theme: Temporal man verses the eternal power of God
-Historical Insight: This is an anonymous Psalm of the 5th book.
-*Application* Praise is once again emphasized as this chapter commences. Our LORD desires every ounce of our praise with all our soul while we live. Even after we will worship the King forever (Psalm 30:12; 145:1). Because God is eternal, and man is not, He is the only source and hope for salvation. The thoughts of princes and rulers of this world will perish when they depart (Psalm 146:4). The only way to be eternally blessed is to hope in the LORD God of Jacob. He is our help. He is the Creator of everything and keeps faith forever (Psalm 146:5-6). The LORD is the One who executes justice for the oppressed and food to the hungry. He sets the prisoners free (Psalm 146:7)! Not only that, He, as portrayed so well by the Messiah, opens the eyes of the blind and raises up those who are bowed down in humility (Luke 7:22). The LORD loves the righteous, or in other words, those who have the righteousness of Christ Jesus (Psalm 146:8, Philippians 1:11; 3:9). He protects strangers and supports the fatherless and the widows. He frustrates and thwarts the way of the wicked who scheme evil (Psalm 146:9). God reigns forever to all generations! What began with praise also ends with praise (Psalm 146:10).
Verse to Memorize: Psalm 146:8