Pastor Lisa’s Journal
Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God. – Psalm 146:5
It’s interesting to read Psalms 105 and 146 together. Both praise God’s faithfulness yet provide different evidence of that faithfulness.
Psalm 105 emphasizes God’s “mindfulness” of the covenant made with Abraham and his descendants. The psalmist’s evidence is a veritable best of list of God’s actions in Genesis and Exodus; recounting the early history of the Hebrew people from the creation of the covenant to settlement in the Promised Land.
Psalm 146 also praises the God of Jacob and provides a list of God’s wonderful works, but this list emphasizes different aspects of God’s faithfulness and power. While these works apply to the Hebrew people, it is clear they also apply to those beyond the bloodline.
- Verse 6 proclaims God’s creative power as the Maker and Sustainer of heaven and earth
- In verses 7-9, God is the faithful champion and provider to those in need: the oppressed, the hungry, those who are bowed down, the stranger, the orphan and the widow.
- Verses 7-8 also praise God’s power to heal and liberate: prisoners are set free and the blind receive sight, literally and spiritually.
- The psalmist summarizes God’s faithfulness as loving the righteous and bringing justice against the wicked
An isolated reading of Psalm 105, away from the grand sweep of the Bible, might cause a person to think God was only interested in the descendants of Abraham. Psalm 146 reminds us of a key aspect of the covenant promise- it is a vehicle for bringing salvation to the world. “I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven, and will give to your offspring all these lands; and all the nations of the earth shall gain blessing for themselves through your offspring.” (Genesis 26:4)
God chose a particular people- the small, flawed and poor descendants of Abraham- to extend blessing and salvation to the world, especially to others who are also poor in resources, power, and influence. This incredible plan is echoed by the prophet Isaiah and later Jesus himself as he proclaims God’s faithful fulfillment of the covenant through him. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:8-19)
God is steadfast, faithful, and consistent in fulfilling the plan to save the world.
Steadfast Savior, your faithfulness is our anchor. The world shifts and turns. Situations change and people are fickle. The future is unknown and unpredictable. But you are our Rock. Your grace is consistent. Your provision is sure. We need never doubt your deliverance of those who turn to you, nor your love for all. Great is your faithfulness. Great are you Lord and worthy of all trust and devotion. Hallelujah! Bless the Lord our God, the Covenant Keeper! Glory to You, now and forever! Amen.
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You are invited to join me on a summer adventure through one of the most beloved books in the Bible, Psalms. To download the Summer in the Psalms reading plan, click here Psalms Reading Plan
As you read, you are encouraged to use the SOAP Method for keeping a spiritual journal, as taught at New Hope Christian Fellowship in Hawaii. For more information on this simple and powerful way of engaging the Word of God, please click here or use the simple instructions provided in the reading plan itself.
I look forward to reading your comments and to all that Jesus will do in you and through you as you seek him this summer. – Lisa <><
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