Psalm 146:7 Who executes justice for the oppressed; Who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free.
V.7. Our God can be trusted to provide justice for the oppressed, downtrodden, or persecuted either on earth or in heaven. God is the source of all food through His grace and mercy for the conditions to produce food. God is the source of liberty. He brought Joseph out of slavery, black people out of slavery peacefully in England and after a great war in America. As faith in God becomes more common then liberty will abound. As faith declines, liberty declines, people become slaves to selfishness, drugs, sex, power, etc. This is the current situation in America.
Psalm 146:8-9..8 The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; The Lord raises up those who are bowed down; The Lord loves the righteous; 9 The Lord protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, But He thwarts the way of the wicked.
V.8a. Jesus opens the eyes of the blind through His word and the Holy Spirit for salvation. Jesus frequently opened the eyes of the blind proving He was Christ the Messiah. People using the minds God created have developed medical technology that dramatically improved our lives. I have had multiple eye and heart surgeries that have prolonged my life and its quality. For 38 years of my life I could not look at a TV or computer screen for 5 minutes without having major problems. After 3 surgeries in 1998 I am writing this on a computer.
Vv.8b-9.The Lord gives greater grace to the humble and mercy to the depressed, bereaved, etc. He loves His disciples, the righteous, and gives them peace, joy and the ability to love Him and others. By His common grace he protects those who are strangers to Him. We need to be careful to do the same as we fulfill His great commission to make disciples of people from all the nations and help and encourage the lonely, downtrodden, the fatherless, and widows.
Those who have rejected Jesus often find themselves enslaved to idols that do not give the promised pleasure, liberty and peace in life on earth. The Bible is very clear that their ultimate destination is the “lake of fire” for eternity. [Revelation 20:11-15] But they can turn to Jesus for eternal life with Him. It is not too late as long as there is life. How to have peace with God? Now!
Praise the Lord! Turn to Him today! He is worthy of our praise.
Henry Luke 8/2/2017
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