Tomorrow is Independence Day in the United States, and since if falls on a Monday it’s a three-day weekend for a lot of people. All weekend we will celebrate our freedom and our country. With the idea of freedom on my mind, I did a keyword search on Biblegateway for a Psalm with the word “free” in it. Of the seventeen search results, I decided on Psalm 146 to post because it is a reminder that true freedom comes from God above. Although our country is great, we cannot put all our trust in those who run it and be sure that we will always enjoy the freedoms our forefathers fought hard for in the Revolutionary War as we declared our independence from England. But no matter what happens with our rulers and our country, we can always be free in Christ.
1 Praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD, O my soul.
2 I will praise the LORD all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
3 Do not put your trust in princes,
in mortal men, who cannot save.
4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
on that very day their plans come to nothing.
5 Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the LORD his God,
6 the Maker of heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them—
the LORD, who remains faithful forever.
7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed
and gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets prisoners free,
8 the LORD gives sight to the blind,
the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down,
the LORD loves the righteous.
9 The LORD watches over the alien
and sustains the fatherless and the widow,
but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.
10 The LORD reigns forever,
your God, O Zion, for all generations.
Praise the LORD.