The last five psalms begin and end with “Praise the Lord!” When we praise the Lord, it takes our mind off ourselves and places the focus on the One who has all the answers. Praise leads us into worshiping with others.
Verse 1 – Praise the Lord! (Hebrew, Hallelujah) Praise the Lord, O my soul!
Verse 2 – While I live I will praise the Lord; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
Verse 3 – Do not put your trust in princes, nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help.
Verse 4 – His spirit departs, he returns to his earth; in that very day his plans perish.
What man can do for another is only temporary. What God does is complete and everlasting.
Verse 5 – Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God,
Verse 6 – Who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps truth forever,
Verse 7 – Who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. The Lord gives freedom to the prisoners.
Verse 8 – The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; the Lord raises those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.
Verse 9 – The Lord watches over the strangers; He relieves the fatherless and widow; but the way of the wicked He turns upside down.
God’s ways are not like the world. Jesus proclaimed, the first will be last, and many who are last will be first (Matthew 19:30). He also stated, “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, and whoever losses his life for My sake will find it (Matthew 16:26). Jesus spoke the opposite of how the world thinks.
That is why He tells us not to be conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, by reading His Word.
Verse 10 – The Lord shall reign forever – Your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the Lord!