Updated: Jan 22, 2022
The Psalm opens with several exhortations to praise (הַלְלוּ־יָהּ hǎl·lû-·yāh) the Lord (Yahweh). It describes the intention of the psalmist to sing praises to the Lord and trust in the Lord. Blessed are those who look to God for their help, in whom we have confidence. God is just. He cares for the poor, the suffering, the widowed, and the fatherless. The Lord reigns for all generations, and He is worthy of praise.
“Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! While I live I will praise the Lord; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. Do not put your trust in princes, Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help. His spirit departs, he returns to his earth; In that very day his plans perish. Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the Lord his God, Who made heaven and earth, The sea, and all that is in them; Who keeps truth forever, Who executes justice for the oppressed, Who gives food to the hungry. The Lord gives freedom to the prisoners. The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; The Lord raises those who are bowed down; The Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the strangers; He relieves the fatherless and widow; But the way of the wicked He turns upside down. The Lord shall reign forever— Your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the Lord!”(1)
1. Scripture quotations from; THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.