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Blessed is He Who Has God Psalm 146 Blessed is He Who Has God Psalm 146

Praise the Lord (1 -2) • Hallelujah • O my soul, with all my Praise the Lord (1 -2) • Hallelujah • O my soul, with all my being – cf. Luke 10: 27 – not half-hearted • While I live – a lifetime commitment Revelation 14: 13 • I will sing praises – through worship, often publicly John 4: 24

Failed trust (3 -4) • Do not trust in princes – leaders, or those Failed trust (3 -4) • Do not trust in princes – leaders, or those in power - Psalm 118: 8 -9 • In worldly affairs, we often turn to leaders for help – both diplomatically and in business • But man can disappoint and often does • Israel and Judah both trusted in men at times – Solomon 1 Kings 11: 1 -13, Isaiah 30: 1 -2, 2 Chronicles 16: 7 – Asa, Jeremiah 17: 5, etc.

Failed trust (3 -4) • Do not trust in princes • How many today Failed trust (3 -4) • Do not trust in princes • How many today put their trust in men and their ways while rejecting God? • Don’t trust in uncertain riches – 1 Timothy 6: 17, 1 Corinthians 2: 5

Failed trust (3 -4) • Do not trust in princes • Why? Because all Failed trust (3 -4) • Do not trust in princes • Why? Because all men die, Ecclesiastes 12: 7 Hebrews 9: 27, James 4: 14 1 John 2: 15 -17 • With men there will always be uncertainties and unknowns

The God of Jacob (5 -10) • The psalmist declares faith in the ONE The God of Jacob (5 -10) • The psalmist declares faith in the ONE true God • Consider this in light of the multiple gods and idolatry of surrounding nations • He is the LORD (YHWH) God – declared by name (God of Israel) • He is the ONLY true God, John 17: 3, 1 Thessalonians 1: 9

The God of Jacob (5 -10) • God is a helper – one to The God of Jacob (5 -10) • God is a helper – one to whom we can turn! • We need to believe in someone who cares and can help us. • He is a God of hope – Romans 15: 13, 1 Peter 1: 3 Why? 1 John 4: 4, John 16: 33

The God of Jacob (5 -10) • God is Creator – He made heaven The God of Jacob (5 -10) • God is Creator – He made heaven and earth, sea and all that is in them • The ONLY Creator – He made all Psalm 19: 1 -6, Acts 14: 17, Romans 1: 20, Acts 4: 24– a prayer • Why the God of Jacob? Why trust YHWH instead of other gods?

The God of Jacob (5 -10) • He keeps His truth forever (6) • The God of Jacob (5 -10) • He keeps His truth forever (6) • He makes promises and keeps them Hebrews 6: 18, Numbers 23: 29 – He cannot lie! • Depending upon when this psalm was written, there were many proofs that He keeps His word – from the promise to Abraham, delivery from Egypt, miracles…

The God of Jacob (5 -10) • A God of justice for the oppressed The God of Jacob (5 -10) • A God of justice for the oppressed (7) • He cares and takes note of those whom others (such as princes, elitists) reject or ignore • He is just – Romans 3: 26, 8: 33 • We too ought to care for the needy Matthew 25: 31 -46, 10: 42, James 1: 27 • One of Israel’s failures was neglect of the poor – Isaiah 10: 1 -2 cf. Matthew 23: 14

The God of Jacob (5 -10) • He give freedom to the prisoners (7) The God of Jacob (5 -10) • He give freedom to the prisoners (7) • Isaiah 61: 1, Luke 4: 17 -19 Jesus quoted this verse of Himself • On more than one occasion, God provided freedom (liberty) to Israel. • Our ultimate freedom - freedom from sin - Romans 6: 18

The God of Jacob (5 -10) • Demonstrated by His works (8) • He The God of Jacob (5 -10) • Demonstrated by His works (8) • He opens eyes of the blind, raises the bowed down. • Who knows what miracles were performed from time to time in Israel? (Elijah, Elisha, prophets, etc. ) • Jesus DID – John 9: 32 -33, Matthew 11: 5, etc. • Could this psalm be Messianic?

The God of Jacob (5 -10) • The LORD loves the righteous (8) • The God of Jacob (5 -10) • The LORD loves the righteous (8) • He knows those who belong to Him – John 14: 21 -23 2 Timothy 2: 19, “The Lord knows those who are His”

The God of Jacob (5 -10) • He watches over strangers and relieves the The God of Jacob (5 -10) • He watches over strangers and relieves the fatherless and widow (9) • Again, we see His compassion.

The God of Jacob (5 -10) • He turns the way of the wicked The God of Jacob (5 -10) • He turns the way of the wicked upside down (9) • Again, Israel’s history demonstrates this – deliverance from Egypt, Sennacherib (Isaiah 37 ), Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 4 ), Israel and Judah’s punishment • What about today? He is still in control!

The God of Jacob (5 -10) • The LORD shall reign forever (10) • The God of Jacob (5 -10) • The LORD shall reign forever (10) • Worldly kingdoms will come and go, but God’s word will remain! Revelation 11: 15, kingdoms of the world have become the kingdoms of the Lord…He shall reign forever 2 Peter 1: 11, an everlasting kingdom

Where are you putting your trust? Where are you putting your trust?