SUMMARY: Effective praise
OVERVIEW: The psalm begins and ends with commands to praise God and compares the foolishness of praising humans instead.
BIG IDEA: Choice of the day: Praise men and women who are frail and limited or praise the living God who is eternal and limitless.
KEY VERSE: Psalm 146:2–3
I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
You would be wise to praise me. It’s in your best interest. Sing out to me and tell others about my love and my power. I am the one who offers hope. Regardless of what’s going on around you or in your heart, mind, and body, you can trust me to strengthen and sustain you.
Consider the alternative. There are many voices competing for your attention. They make promises and boast of grand goals and accomplishments. But all they have to offer is short-lived. I, on the other hand, am the maker of heaven and earth, and I am eternal. I will not grow old or tired or lose my ability to provide. I have provided in the past and I will be there in the future. But I am also available to you now. I am here today to lift you up, to encourage and sustain those who are weak or tired, and to give sight—physical or spiritual eyes—to those who need it. Put your trust in me and praise my name.
Take time to evaluate where you truly place your trust. Is it in an insurance policy, a human relationship, your own skills, or is it in God? Talk to God about any changes you need to make.