Today we continued our study of the Book of Psalms with a focus on Psalm 146. The psalmist exhorts us to have unconditional faith in God because of His conduct and His character. If we praise and thank God only when our circumstances are favorable, our worship will be inconsistent and incomplete.
In Psalm 146, the psalmist tells us that the LORD is worthy to be praised. One of the most compelling reasons why He’s worthy of our praise is His unconditional love for us. We were born into sin – “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.” – Psalm 51:5 As rebellious and sinful creatures, we deserve God’s judgment. Instead, He offers us salvation because He loves us – “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” – 1 Peter 3:9. As a matter of fact, Jesus’s Hebrew name, Jeshua literally means “God is salvation”.
From Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21, the Bible is basically God’s love letter to us. Billy Graham put it this way, “The Bible is God’s love letter to us, telling us not only that He loves us, but showing us what He has done to demonstrate His love. It also tells us how we should live, because God knows what is best for us and He wants us to experience it. Never forget: The Bible is God’s Word, given to us so we can know and follow Him.” This is why we study God’s Word and one of the key reasons that He is worthy to be praised.
Please note that next Sunday, Aug. 6, we will continue our study of the Book of Psalms with a focus on Psalm 51. This psalm of David is an example of a full confession before God, complete commitment to repentance, and a desperate appeal for forgiveness. It’s David’s broken spirit and humbled heart that resonates with God.