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Bible Commentaries

Smith's Writings

Psalms 146

Verses 1-10

PSALM 146

Israel, delivered from all their enemies, realize the folly of trusting in man, the happiness of trusting in the Lord in whom they trust.

(vv. 1-2) The godly in Israel delivered from all their enemies look on to a life of unbroken praise to the Lord in which they see no shadow of sorrow. Each one can say, “I will sing praise unto my God while I have any being.”

(vv. 3-5) By past experience they have learned, first, the folly of trusting in men whether great or small. In such there is neither help, nor continuance, nor the fulfillment of their purposes. Second, Israel has learned the blessedness of having the God of Jacob for their help and hope.

(vv. 6-9) They have found, and delight to own, that Jehovah is a mighty God who has made heaven and earth, and all that is therein.

He is a faithful God, who keeps truth for ever. “He is true and His Word is truth, and that Word He keeps, not for a time, but for ever” (Perowne).

He is a righteous God that executes judgment for the oppressed.

He is a bountiful God “who giveth bread to the hungry.”

He is a gracious God, who looses the prisoner, opens the eyes of the blind, and raises up them that are bowed down.

He is a loving God that loves the righteous.

He is a compassionate God that has pity on the defenceless, - the stranger, the fatherless and the widow.

He is a holy God that deals with the wicked.

(v. 10) Such is the One who will reign for ever, even the God of Zion. Well indeed may the psalmist say unto all generations, “Praise ye the Lord.”

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Smith, Hamilton. "Commentary on Psalms 146". "Smith's Writings". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/hsw/psalms-146.html. 1832.