Psalm 146: Help from God

Why might people have reservations about praising God with their “whole being”?

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Psalm 146:1 Praise the Lord. Let my whole being praise the Lord.
King James
Psalm 146:1 Praise ye the Lord. Praise the LORD, O my soul.

What could happen that would change people’s beliefs that they will praise the Lord for as long as they live?

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Psalm 146:2 I will praise the Lord for as long as I live. I will sing praises to God for as long as I have the ability.
King James
Psalm 146:2 While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.

How much should we trust people to help when we are in need?

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Psalm 146:3–4 Neither princes nor peasants can always be trusted to help, for they and their promises will die.
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Psalm 146:3–4 Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.

How good is the advice we receive from counselors, friends, and family?

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Psalm 146:3–4 Neither princes nor peasants can always be trusted to help, for they and their promises will die.
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Psalm 146:3–4 Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.

How can we know that people have a real relationship with the Lord God and not something else?

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Psalm 146:5 Blessed are those who have the God of Jacob to help them, whose hope is in the Lord God.
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Psalm 146:5 Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God:

Why might people think God isn’t always faithful and true to his Word?

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Psalm 146:6 You are our Sovereign Lord, creator of the universe and every living thing, who is always faithful and true to his word.
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Psalm 146:6 Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever:

If God feeds the hungry, defends the oppressed, and sets prisoners free, why did Jesus say he came to free those who were bound?

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Psalm 146:7–8 You feed the hungry, defend the oppressed, and set the prisoners free.
The Lord gives sight to the blind and hope to those who suffer from depression. He loves the righteous.
Matthew 11:5 The blind see, the lame walk, and the lepers are cleansed. The deaf can hear, the dead are raised, and the needy receive words of hope.
Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives, freedom for the oppressed, and recovery of sight for the blind—
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Psalm 146:7–8 Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The Lord looseth the prisoners: The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind: the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down: the Lord loveth the righteous:
Matthew 11:5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

In what ways does God protect strangers and help orphans and widows?

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Psalm 146:9 He protects strangers and helps orphans and widows, but he frustrates the plans of the wicked.
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Psalm 146:9 The Lord preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.

How does God frustrate the plans of the wicked?

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Psalm 146:9 He protects strangers and helps orphans and widows, but he frustrates the plans of the wicked.
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Psalm 146:9 The Lord preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.

If Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 A.D., how is the Lord the God of Jerusalem for all generations?

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Psalm 146:10 The Lord will reign forever, the God of Jerusalem for all generations.
Praise the Lord.
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Psalm 146:10 The Lord shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the Lord.