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Why do we praise the Lord? In Psalm 146:1-10, we are given plenty of reason. Above all, we see that the Lord, unlike human leaders, is trustworthy. We can rely on him. He is the one who made everything, who keeps his promises, who gives justice, feeds the poor, and cares for all sorts of people enduring hardships.
Even the best of our earthly rulers will eventually act in a self-centered way. All will turn to self-protection. This is simply the way things work in this world. The LORD, the God of Israel, is not at all like that. He does good even when it doesn’t seem to be in his best interest.
This should be especially good news in today’s world, when we seem so interested in finding oppression and injustice. Sadly, the very people who are quick to become indignant at their bad treatment are also prone to dismiss Christianity out of hand. If, instead, our world would look to historic Christianity and find the people who minister God’s mercy and care, we would be quick to see in the LORD all the hope and help we need.
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