Study Guide – Psalm 146

Psalm146

1 Praise the Lord.*

 Praise the Lord, my soul.

I will praise the Lord all my life;
    I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.


In verse 1, why might the writer of this psalm talk to his own soul?
What would someone's life look like if they actually lived out verse 2? 

Do not put your trust in princes,
    in human beings, who cannot save.
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
    on that very day their plans come to nothing

Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
    whose hope is in the Lord their God.


Explain these verses (3-5) in your own words.  Why should we not put our "trust in princes" but in God?

He is the Maker of heaven and earth,
    the sea, and everything in them—
    he remains faithful forever.
He upholds the cause of the oppressed
    and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free,
    the Lord gives sight to the blind,
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,
    the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the foreigner
    and sustains the fatherless and the widow,
    but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

 10 The Lord reigns forever,

  your God, O Zion, for all generations.

 Praise the Lord.*


From these verses (6-10) make a list of 6-10 reasons for trusting in the God of Jacob (e.g. I should put my trust in God because, while humans don't keep all of their promises, God does.).

 
Next, take your list, and pray through each reason for trusting God. Try to connect your list with something currently in your life that gives you anxiety or concern.

* (NIV) Hebrew Hallelu Yah; also in verse 10

Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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