Psalm 146

  • Read Psalm 146 here.
  • If you missed Sunday’s sermon (27 July) you can listen to it here.

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As I read the verses about praising God I’m wondering if we only praise God through singing? It seems to me that our prayers more often are prayers of thanks, which I suppose may be a form of praise. But personally, I haven’t made a habit of praising God for things he’s done for me. I thank him for doing things for me and praise him for being who he is. Should we praise God for doing things for us? Can you give an example?

This psalm warns us not to trust governments or humans in general, but rather, to trust God. What are some ways we’re tempted to trust people other than God?

Songs from the Psalm

Brian identified another good theme in this psalm. It starts and ends by praising Yahweh (Hallelujah), noting in v10 that an eternal God deserves eternal praise. So here are some appropriate songs, although none quoting this particular psalm. Add your ideas by clicking on “comments” below.

  • How Firm a Foundation
  • O God, Our Help in Ages Past (v. 5)
  • Faith of Our Fathers
  • The God of Abraham Praise (GSII, at least) (v. 5)
  • Some May Trust in Horses (it quotes directly from another OT passage, but it supports vv. 3-4)

More particularly, the psalm is about the longevity not just of God’s existence, but of of his relationship with his people.

  • Great Is Thy Faithfulness
  • Can You Count the Stars (GSII, GSR)
  • I Know the Lord Will Find a Way for Me
  • O How Kindly Hast Thou Led Me
  • He Leadeth Me
  • God Is So Good
  • He’s So Good To Me

There are too many to list, but do you have a favorite “Praise” song?

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5 comments

  1. Brian Casey

    Though singing is typically the most common corporate way to express praise, there are other ways. I wish we explored other ways more! Besides praises in spoken prayers, the simplicity of spoken praise statements can be of high impact.

    I think we at Lawson Rd. might be speaking praise more than immediately meets the eye (ear?) already. If we played a tape of a few people’s comments yesterday, I suspect we’d hear some. 🙂

    I don’t think the antecedents for the words “worship” and “praise” (Hebrew or Greek) were originally synonymous, but we tend to use the words interchangeably today. One individual may use the word “praise” specifically to refer to things such as God’s acts in history, but the next individual may use the same word to refer to what is more properly “worship.” I tend to think of “worship” as the umbrella term, including such human responses as humble subjection, confession of weakness that recognizes the Presence of Greatness, adoration of deity, and expression of devotion, not to mention praise for God’s acts.

  2. Brian Casey

    Jack Taylor, author of , wrote this:

    “Until the practice of praise in private is continuous and free, the practice of praise corporately will be inhibited by fear, self-consciousness, and discomfort. . . .

    “When we praise, we are engaging in an eternal exercise. . . .”

    Now that’s humbling. . . .

  3. Jo H

    I think it is interesting that in some dictionary definitions of the word “praise”, the opposite example given is “criticism”…so maybe when we are without criticism, then we are able to be in that eternal state of praise Brian mentioned. This made me think of Paul’s attitude in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10.
    As an example of ways some trust others or government over God is with the legalization of things we as Christians know are wrong, like same sex marriages and abortions. Just because the gov. tells us we can, doesn’t mean we should.
    For a praise song, I’ll give an answer for Nicholas…anything with clapping or feet stomping. Those songs really give him the giggles!!

  4. ozziepete

    I agree that “praise” and “worship” have become synonyms. As we’ve studied psalms we’ve seen that worship can include laments, thanks, and praise for Creation as well as praise for God and His actions.

    Praise has to be more active than just the absence of criticism, but I think it’s fair to say that nothing dampens praise like criticism.

    I tend to believe that Christians can change the world by bringing others to Christ and making them His disciples. Yet it sometimes seems easier (and with more immediate results) to trust governments to change the world and legislate morals for us.

  5. Lisa Lee

    I think that when you say should we praise god for doing things for us, I believe that everyone’s answer might be slightly different depending on what your meaning of praise is. If you believe that praise means thanking him for doing things for then I believe that we should praise him for helping us out.

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