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8 January 2019

Matthew 20
Psalm 146

Psalm 146. Do you consider God worthy of praise and thanks? From the depths of your soul? Do you see His nature and works clearly enough in your life to want to honour Him for His mercy to you? Is God worthy of trust in your understanding? Really? Does His invisible presence, power and help register in your life?

This is the encouragement of Psalm 146. To trust God … completely!

‘Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God’ (verse 5). We are to have an expectation of help from God. That is the very definition of faith (Hebrews 11:6). Believing that the invisible God will help and do something in me or my circumstances.

‘Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save’ (verse 3). Clearly, we’re not meant to idolise people and expect them to fulfil what only God can.

God is the ‘… Maker of heaven and earth … He remains faithful forever’ (verse 6). God is awesome and consistently rules over His world and us.

‘[God] upholds the cause of the oppressed … the hungry … the prisoners … the blind … those who are bowed down … the foreigner … the fatherless … the widow’ (verse 7-9). God will actively care for the ‘oppressed’ and help those who call on Him.

God also ‘frustrates the ways of the wicked’ (verse 9). God is King.‘The Lord reigns forever … Praise the Lord’ (verse 10).

God has the power and willingness to save His people. Praise the LORD’ (verse 10).

Prayer: LORD, I praise you because You reign forever. Please God, help us to trust You for your active help and salvation in all our troubles. Thank you that Your help and mercy can reach us because Jesus has removed all cause for separation from You.