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During a recent time spent in the Psalms, I slowly and prayerfully read through Psalm 146. Know what I discovered? A clearly laid out list of things the Lord will do for us. The only thing He needs from us is to trust in Him. Really trust. Have complete confidence that He will do what He has said. He is going to do what He promises and nothing, not one single thing, will deter him or move him off his course, because He is faithful. Forever faithful.
It may seem obvious, but there is one other thing he needs from us. To not trust in mortal men. Since all men are mortal that would include all of them. Even those of high earthly rank. Verse 3 says, “princes,” but I think we can use a modern term like presidents. They are mere mortals and as such their promises are limited and temporal when they can be trusted at all. In the end “their plans come to nothing,” (v.4). God, not the government, is the hope of mankind, the hope of the needy.
So what is on this list of things God will do?
1. He upholds the cause of the oppressed.
Who are these oppressed? All of us. At one time or another we all endure unjust treatment. Most of us several times throughout our lives. It goes along with being human and living in a flawed world. Nevertheless, whatever injustices have followed us, whatever oppression has held us down, God promises that he will uphold our cause.
2. He gives food to the hungry.
Nothing is more oppressive than hunger. Lack of food has done more to bring about oppression than anything mankind has ever devised. But hunger is not limited to food alone. Spiritual hunger is also a reality and leads to spiritual oppression.
3. The Lord sets prisoners free.
Without Christ, we are prisoners of sin. In Christ we are freed from sin and death. Free to live new life in him. Free to worship and serve him
In the physical realm, many are imprisoned unjustly and often for their faith. The freedom Christ offers is the hope that justice will prevail. The freedom to rest in his sovereignty.
4. The Lord gives sight to the blind.
It is by the power of the Holy Spirit that the scales fall off and our eyes are open to the wonderful grace and mercy that is found in Christ. Through eyes of faith we begin to see the hand of the Lord working among men. With eyes of faith we see and understand our own depravity and the power of Christ death on the cross to free us from sin.
5. The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-38
6. The Lord loves the righteous.
Those He loves He will not forsake. He loves the righteous, but He also loves the sinner. This is proven in that “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8
7. The Lord protects the foreigners among us.
He loves and cares for those who don’t look like us or think like us. He loves and cares for those who do not believe like us. He loves all mankind, and we must too. We are Christ’s ambassadors to the world bringing the knowledge of his salvation to everyone.
8. He cares for the orphans and widows.
In the ancient world, orphans and widows were among the outcast of society. In the modern world Christians are often outcast, pushed aside as not fitting in. Christ is preparing us a home with the Father and will return to take us there.
9. He frustrates the plans of the wicked.
When all is said and done, sin and death will be no more and all the plans of the wicked will come to naught.
10. The Lord will reign forever.
11. He will be our God throughout all generations.
I pray this has encouraged you, given you hope, and inspired reverent awe in our incredible God.
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