The Power of Praise in Perilous Times
Psalm 146 is the picture of a person who had been through some kind of shattering experience, who had put his faith in men and it failed, who had put his faith in government and it failed, who had put his faith in the arm of flesh and it had failed, and he had learn that the only way he could stand, the only way he could have resources to live was to learn how to put his faith in God. And in this Psalm he gives us a formula for living; the formula that will work in any hard place, the formula that will work whenever you are under duress.
I. NOTICE FIRST OF ALL PERPETUAL PRAISE. (V1-2)
1. In verse 1 and 2 you see a theme of perpetual praise. All my life, as long as I live, while I have any being. The Psalmist has things in proper perspective. He knows now what is the supreme task in life to dedicate himself to praising God.
2. I've learned to praise God in my being. I've learned to praise god in my belonging. I've learned to praise God in my doing. I've learned to praise God when things are wrong, when things are good and when things are bad. I've learned to praise God in my success, in my failures, in my triumphs and my tragedies.
3. I've learned to praise God regardless of what's going on in my life. I've learned to live by the power of perpetual praise.
George Matheson suffered an accident. He was a great hymn writer. This accident caused his blindness. While he was sitting by the road waiting for the ambulance to come, by his own testimony he said, I decided in my heart that I would praise God regardless. I really was determined to use this tragedy for His glory. I want to tell you that out of that tragedy and out of that blindness were written some of the greatest hymns we have ever known.
Corrie Ten Boon went through the Holocaust and you know all the suffering that she and her sister Betsy went through. Betsy finally died in that ...
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