In the very first sentence of Psalm 146, the Psalmist commands the listener to give praise to the LORD. Then, the writer gets distracted and doesn't keep teaching, he spends the rest of the Psalm praising God himself. 

The Psalmist doesn't just include a list of attributes or character traits to an unseen deity. The writer praises God for his own being and soul. He includes God's actions of healing and miracles. He also includes praises for God's creation - heaven, earth, seas, etc. Finally, the writer re-gathers himself and once again tells us to "Praise the LORD". 

What seems at first like a hodgepodge of intimate, inanimate, and character traits about our Creator God for which we are to offer praise, the order becomes much clearer when I reflected on the Object of our praise from the first sentence. The LORD, YAHWEH, the covenant-keeping God who is the creator of all things is also the one who makes promises and offers intimate relationships to individuals.

The Psalmist teaches us an important lesson, not only in the content of his song but also in his presentation. I need to remind others to "Praise God" and then I need to let myself be carried away with the joy of doing just that. May 2020 be a year of celebrating His goodness and being wrapped up in His promises.

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Psalm 145 - As I read and study the books and passages of the Bible I am always mesmerized by the Psalms. And Psalm 145 is one of my favorites. As it "extols" all of the great virtues of our Father. Joy swells in my heart as I read here of His wondrous power!


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