Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Psalm 146:5-10 Blessed if God is Your Helper

KEY TEXT: Psalms 146:5-7 Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry.

KEY THOT: If we put our hope in God and have God on our side as our helper, we are blessed indeed. The psalmist gives us four good reasons in verses 6-7 why this is so:
  1. He is all-powerful: The Lord is the one who "made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them" (v.6a). With God as our helper, we are on the winning side. Who can be more almighty than the One who created everything we see in heaven and on earth--both living and non-living things. Having the most powerful Sovereign and King of the Universe as our helper is truly a privilege and an act of amazing grace on his part to be on our side. As David has said in Psalms 8:3-4, "When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?
  2. He is faithful: The Lord is also one who "keeps faith forever" (v.6b). He will not abandon those who put their trust in Him. He is faithful to His word and His promises. He will not renegade on them. So, if He has promised that He will bless those who put their faith in him, He will carry through his promise. None of his promises will ever fail, as Joshua discovered: "Not one word of all the good promises that the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass" (Joshua 21:45). How can we not trust the One who is faithful to his promises? But in order to know all the promises the Lord has made to those who trust him, we must study the Scripture to find out.
  3. He is just: The Lord is also one who "who executes justice for the oppressed" (v.7a). If we have been unfairly treated, we can be sure that the Lord will execute justice and vengeance on our behalf when we look to him for help. No matter how wicked and evil others might be who plot our downfall, if we have integrity of heart and trust in the Lord, He will be our side and fight our battles for us: "For the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hand" (1 Samuel 17:47).
  4. He provides: The Lord is one "who gives food to the hungry" (v.7b). He knows our needs and he provides for those who trust in him. If our trust is in the name of the Lord and not on human providers, he will not let us go hungry. We may not be rich but we will not be destitute. God promises to meet our need, not greed, if we seek first his kingdom and righteousness: "Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'  For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you" (Matthew 6:31-33).
So, it's foolish to trust in self or in man when the Lord of this Universe has offered to be our helper if we call upon him. So, Jeremiah reminds us: "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit" (Jeremiah 17:7-8). 

Amen.

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