Praise the Lord, O my soul!
I will praise the Lord all my life
Sing hymns to my God while I exist.
Put not your trust in the great
In mortal man who cannot save.
His breath departs
He returns to the dust
On that day his plans come to nothing.
Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help
Whose hope is in the Lord his God
Maker of heaven and earth
The sea and all that is in them
Who keeps faith forever
Who secures justice for those who are wronged
Gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free
The Lord restores sight to the blind
The Lord makes those who are bent stand straight
The Lord loves the righteous
The Lord watches over the stranger
He gives courage to the orphan and widow
But makes the path of the wicked tortuous.
The Lord shall reign forever
Your God, O Zion, for all generations.
-Psalms 146 (JSB)
I love this psalm mostly because it tells of how active God is – he is not static while He is unchanging:
He is Creator
He keeps faith
He secures justice
He gives food
He sets free
He restores sight
He heals the bent
He gives courage
Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in the idea that God is hanging out somewhere distant just watching things transpire – somewhat in the way the Greeks of old believed their gods did, and that it was only when those gods were bored that they would ‘interfere’ in the lives of men.
The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is alive and well and involved with His creation in a loving and creative way. You can humble yourself and call on Him at any time. He listens. He answers.
I charge you:
Be strong and resolute
Do not be terrified or dismayed
For the Lord your God is with you
Wherever you go.
The Lord is coming!