Good morning. I hope your Saturday is off to a fantastic start. For this week’s edition of Psalm Saturday, we will focus on the beautiful Psalm 146. Last night, during our monthly chapel service at Union Gospel Mission Dallas, Ann Bailey, recited this psalm from memory. What a blessing! Ann and her husband Bill have been faithfully ministering to the homeless men at the Mission for about 15 years. They are an incredible couple who model godliness and a humble servant’s heart. Terri and I have had the privilege of serving with them since 2011.
We have a fantastic 4th Friday outreach team, of which the Bailey’s are a huge part. There’s Ed Czarnecki and Matt and Laurie Newby, and Michael Garrett (CEO of Trusted World), and our newest member Kurt Doty. Terri and I are richer for having them in our lives. And then there are the chaplains and the clients at UGM. They are incredible blessings as well. They remind us of how much we have to be grateful for each time we visit.
In our time there, I’ve had the privilege of preaching numerous messages, presenting the Gospel and God’s truth, in an unabated, unapologetic way. We’re not shy about sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with the men. But perhaps the greatest privilege has been the opportunity to pray with hundreds of men, many of whom have placed their faith and trust in Jesus for their salvation.
It is these moments that remind me of the words the psalmist wrote in Psalm 146. I will praise the Lords as long as I live.
Psalm 146 reminds us that God is good–all the time–and all the time–God is good!!!
Psalm 146 (NLT)
1 Praise the Lord!
Let all that I am praise the Lord.
2 I will praise the Lord as long as I live.
I will sing praises to my God with my dying breath.
3 Don’t put your confidence in powerful people;
there is no help for you there.
4 When they breathe their last, they return to the earth,
and all their plans die with them.
5 But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper,
whose hope is in the Lord their God.
6 He made heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them.
He keeps every promise forever.
7 He gives justice to the oppressed
and food to the hungry.
The Lord frees the prisoners.
8 The Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down.
The Lord loves the godly.
9 The Lord protects the foreigners among us.
He cares for the orphans and widows,
but he frustrates the plans of the wicked.
10 The Lord will reign forever.
He will be your God, O Jerusalem, throughout the generations.
Praise the Lord!