April 23: Psalm 146
Praise for creation, salvation and God’s final reign
The first of the final five “Hallelujah” psalms
87.87 double Ode to Joy (Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee), p. 159
Beecher (Love Divine, All Loves Excelling), p. 149
Austrian Hymn (Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken), p. 189
Hyfrydol (Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus), p. 169
Nettleton (Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing), p. 179
Hallelujah! Praise Jehovah! O my soul, Jehovah praise!
I will sing the glorious praises of my God through all my days.
Put no confidence in princes, nor for hope on man depend;
He shall die, to dust returning, and his purposes shall end.
Blessed is the man who chooses Jacob’s God to be his aid;
He is blessed whose hope of blessing on the Lord his God is stayed.
He has made the earth and heaven, Seas and all that they contain;
He will keep His truth forever, Rights of those oppressed maintain.
Food Jehovah gives the hungry, Sight Jehovah gives the blind;
Freedom gives He to the pris’ner, Those bowed down His mercy find.
For Jehovah loves the righteous; To the stranger is a stay;
Helps the fatherless and widow, But subverts the sinner’s way.
Over all God reigns forever, Through all ages He is King;
Unto Him, thy God, O Zion, Joyful hallelujahs sing.
I will sing the glorious praises of my God through all my days;
Hallelujah, praise Jehovah, Hallelujah, our God praise!
The list from Psalm 146 (of great messianic signs) is not unlike our Lord’s own description of His ministry in Matt. 11:5, and the signs prophesied in Isaiah 35:4-6 and 61:1 (which Jesus announced were being fulfilled in His own ministry in Luke 4:18-21). These miracles and wonders that marked the work of Jesus among humanity were at once the fulfillment of prophecy and signs of the divine presence. They are integral to the proclamation of the Gospel itself, and were not merely incidental to Jesus’ revelation and redemption. First, revelation. The miraculous healings and other signs done by Jesus are revelatory of the presence of God (Matt. 15:31). Second, redemption. The miraculous signs in the earthly life of Jesus, but most especially His healings, are directly related to the mystery of the divine atonement. All of the Lord’s various restorations were both the foreshadowing and the firstfruits of that definitive curing of the human race accomplished on the Cross. (Reardon, p. 291-292)