5 Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord their God.
6 He is the Maker of heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them—
he remains faithful forever.
7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed
and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free,
Praise for the greatness and the grace of God is the subject of this psalm as well as of Psalm 145 and others. Here the psalmist vowed to praise God all his life because the One who made the heavens and the earth is faithful and just to the oppressed of the earth. The psalmist also acknowledges in the preceding verses (1-4) not to put one’s trust in people for it is not worth it, for people can not save. Only God can save.
Where do you put your trust in with the hope that it will save you? Is it people, your work, yourself, relationships, material possessions or financial security? Remember the wisdom in verse 3:
‘Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save’.
Thoughts for the day
- Which area of your life are you not living as a someone who has been called to belong to Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Wherever you are, take time to acknowledge God and trust in Him again. Give God your worries. Take a moment to give each thing you are worrying about back to God.