Preparation for the Party

Preparation for the Party

Psalm 146

Psalms 146-150 are called the Hallelujah Psalms.

They all begin and end with “Hallelujah!”

 

-A life of praise now is preparation for the party later.

There is power in praise.

v1a  Hallelujah!

“hallelujah” is a Hebrew word that means “Let us praise the LORD!”

hallelu = Let us praise

jah = contraction for God’s name Yahweh

-This is a call to corporate praise.  But praise must also be personal.

verse 1b-2 Praise the LORD O my soul.

“as long as I live” “while I have my being”

This is all-in praise. Nothing withheld.

It’s a praise that offers our whole self to God.

verse 3-4 Put not your trust in princes…

Trust– Hebrew “batach” means to be confident, bold, secure

Who or What do you put your trust in?

 

Don’t “Just follow your heart”

Jer. 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately sick…”

The Word says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart…”

Acts 4:12 “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

verse 5

Jesus is our Help.  Psalm 109:26, Psalm 124:8

Jesus is our Hope.  Psalm 39:7, Psalm 130:7, Psalm 131:3

 

verses 6-9 

-A life of praise is easier when you know the One you are worshiping

 

verse 10a  The LORD will reign forever

“to all generations”

 

-Our children and grandchildren need to see us live a lifestyle of praise.

 

verse 10b Hallelujah!

-Our worship today is a warm-up for eternity!

 

-The word “hallelujah” is found only four times in the New Testament

 

Revelation 19:1, 3, 4, 6

Everyone who is born again will sing praise to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb!

-A life of praise now is preparation for the party later.