God secures our hope in His unchanging character.
Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God. Psalm 146:5
The week before Christmas, two months after my mom died, holiday shopping and decorating sat at the bottom of my priority list. I resisted my husband’s attempts to comfort me as I grieved the loss of our family’s faith-filled matriarch. I sulked as our son, Xavier, stretched and stapled strands of Christmas lights onto the inside walls of our home. Without a word, he plugged in the cord before he and his dad left for work.
As the colorful bulbs blinked, God gently drew me out of my darkness. No matter how painful the circumstances, my hope remained secure in the light of God’s truth, which always reveals His unchanging character.
Psalm 146 affirms what God reminded me on that difficult morning: My endless “hope is in the Lord,” my helper, my mighty and merciful God (v. 5). As Creator of all, He “remains faithful forever” (v. 6). He “upholds the cause of the oppressed,” protecting us and providing for us (v. 7). “The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down” (v. 8). He “watches over” us, “sustains” us, and will always be King (vv. 9–10).
Sometimes, when Christmas rolls around, our days will overflow with joyful moments. Sometimes, we’ll face loss, experience hurt, or feel alone. But at all times, God promises to be our light in the darkness, offering us tangible help and everlasting hope.
Father God, thanks for inviting us to know and rely on Your unchanging character as the source of our eternal hope.

Psalm 146

Praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord, my soul.
I will praise the Lord all my life;I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.Do not put your trust in princes,in human beings, who cannot save.When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;on that very day their plans come to nothing.Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,whose hope is in the Lord their God.
He is the Maker of heaven and earth,the sea, and everything in them—he remains faithful forever.He upholds the cause of the oppressedand gives food to the hungry.The Lord sets prisoners free,the Lord gives sight to the blind,the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,the Lord loves the righteous.The Lord watches over the foreignerand 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.

诗篇 146

146 你们要赞美耶和华!我的心哪,你要赞美耶和华!我一生要赞美耶和华,我还活的时候要歌颂我的神。你们不要倚靠君王,不要倚靠世人,他一点不能帮助。他的气一断,就归回尘土,他所打算的当日就消灭了。雅各的神为帮助,仰望耶和华他神的,这人便为有福!耶和华造天、地、海和其中的万物,他守诚实直到永远。他为受屈的申冤,赐食物于饥饿的。耶和华释放被囚的,耶和华开了瞎子的眼睛,耶和华扶起被压下的人,耶和华喜爱义人。耶和华保护寄居的,扶持孤儿和寡妇,却使恶人的道路弯曲。10 耶和华要做王直到永远,锡安哪,你的神要做王直到万代。你们要赞美耶和华!


Psalm 146 is a psalm of contrasts. But the opening and closing phrases of the chapter are identical: “Praise the Lord.” This literary technique is called an inclusio. An inclusio sets the framework for understanding the content in between. In the case of Psalm 146, that framework is praising the Lord.
In verses 1–4 the author describes the frailty and ineffectiveness of the strength of humans—they are a breath; they cannot save. Then comes the contrast. In verses 5–9 God is described as the Maker and Ruler of everything. And specifically in verses 7–9 the author says that the Lord watches over and protects those who are in trouble. What greater reason to praise the Lord than that He does for us what we cannot do for ourselves!
In the midst of difficult circumstances the Lord is faithful. How can you remind yourself and others of this today?