Psalms 146 – Trust in the Lord, not men

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The psalmist portrays powerful people as inadequate saviors, making false promises they cannot deliver (146:3). God is the hope and the help of the needy. Jesus affirms his concern for the poor and afflicted in Luke 4:18-21; 7:21-23. He does not separate the physical needs from spiritual needs but attends to both. (Source: Life Application Bible)   1  Praise the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul. 2  I will praise the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. 3  Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save. 4  When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. 5  Blessed is he whose help is the God…
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Psalms 136 – Praise God for His enduring love

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Repeated throughout this psalm is the phrase “His faithful love endures forever.” This psalm may have been a responsive reading, with the congregation saying these words in unison after each sentence. The repetition made this important lesson sink in. God’s love includes aspects of love, kindness, mercy, and faithfulness. We never have to worry that God will run out of love because it flows from a well that will never run dry. (Source: Life Application Bible)   1  Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever. 2  Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever. 3  Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever. 4  to him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever. 5  who by…
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Psalms 139 Praise God for His intimate knowledge of us

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Sometimes we don’t let people get to know us completely because we are afraid they will discover something about us that they won’t like. But God already knows everything about us, even to the number of hairs on our heads (Matthew 10:30), and still he accepts and loves us. God is with us through every situation, in every trial—protecting, loving, guiding. He knows and loves us completely. (Source: Life Application Bible)   1  For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. 2  You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3  You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4  Before a word is…
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Psalms 3 – Deliverance against your enemies

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David, being now driven out from his palace, from the royal city, from the holy city, by his rebellious son Absalom, Complains to God of his enemies, ver. 1, 2. Confides in God, and encourages himself in him as his God, notwithstanding, ver. 3. Recollects the satisfaction he had in the gracious answers God gave to his prayers, and his experience of his goodness to him, ver. 4, 5. Triumphs over his fears (ver. 6) and over his enemies, whom he prays against,, ver. 7. Gives God the glory and takes to himself the comfort of the divine blessing and salvation which are sure to all the people of God, ver. 8. (Source: Matthew Henry Commentary)   1  A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom. O…
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