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Psalms 146:5

 

 

How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, Whose hope is in the LORD his God,

Adam Clarke Commentary

Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help - While he that trusts in man is miserable, he that trusts in God is happy. In the son of man, אדם בן ben Adam, there is no help, תשועה teshuah, no saving principle. Every son of Adam naturally comes into the world without this, and must continue so till the Lord open the eyes of the blind, Psalm 146:8; but a measure of light is given from that true Light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. This son of Adam returns to his earth, לאדמתו leadmatho, to the ground, from which he was taken; this refers directly to Genesis 2:7; Genesis 3:19. But he that has the God for his help who helped Jacob in his distress, and was with him, and sustained him in and through all adversities, can never be destitute; for this God changes not; he lives for ever, and his projects cannot perish. He has purposed that Israel shall be delivered from this captivity. Cyrus may change, but God will not; trust therefore in Him. He has all power; he made heaven and earth; he has them under his government and at his disposal; and should earth itself fail, heaven endures. And he keeps his truth for ever; and therefore his promises must be fulfilled to them that trust in him. Fear not.


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Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help - Who may rely for protection on the God who defended Jacob in his travels and dangers. Or, perhaps the word Jacob is used here collectively to denote Israel - the Jewish people: the God whom they adore and worship, rather than the gods of the pagan. Compare Psalm 144:15, note; Psalm 54:4, note.

Whose hope is in the Lord his God - In Yahweh, worshipped as his God. That is, who truly worships Yahweh, or makes Yahweh his God.


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The Biblical Illustrator

Psalms 146:5

Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help.

The God of Jacob

Few of God’s names are more suggestive than the one in the verse before us--the God of Jacob. It is very instructive, for example, and very comforting too, to find that God is willing to have His name so closely associated with that of a human being. The vastness of the material universe, with all its myriad hosts of suns and stars, sometimes staggers our faith, and makes us wonder if human life can really be the object of the Almighty care and love. To all such questionings we find an answer in this beautiful name. The God of unfathomable Space and immeasurable time is not unmindful of the life of man, The Lord of all those starry hosts--He also is the God of Jacob. And then this name shows, still further, that God cares not only for human beings, but for individual souls. The God of Jacob must be--

I. One who loves great sinners and pardons great transgressions. Sometimes a man feels as if he were too far gone in trespasses and sins to lift up his head in the presence of God, too full of utter selfishness and worldliness to dream of ever becoming a child of God at all. To such a man I would say, Just look at Jacob. If God became that man’s God, surely He may become your God also. And sometimes one who has begun the Christian life, but has been overtaken in a fault, or in some other way has been backsliding in the path on which he started, loses heart and cries, It’s useless for me to try to begin afresh; my nature is so weak, and the world around me is so strong. Again I would say, Look at Jacob! Bethel was Jacob’s trysting-place with God; but long after Bethel was past Jacob sinned, and sinned again. And yet God did not forsake him or cast him away, but kept His hand upon him and carried him through, until, at last, He set his feet upon a rock and established his goings.

II. One who hears a sinner’s prayer. It is these prayers of Jacob which form the great redeeming feature of his character, and which, eventually, work out the man’s salvation. With all his earthliness and selfishness he was a man who believed in God, and who believed also in prayer. The fact that he had a very sinful heart is no proof that his prayers were hypocritical. It teaches us, rather, that we must not wait untill we are saints before we begin to pray, for it is only by praying that we shall ever rise to any kind of sainthood.

III. One who purifies His sons by painful trial. Jacob has been called “a Janus, with two faces, one turned upwards to heaven, the other downwards to hell.” But Jacob was more than a Janus, for Janus only had two faces, while Jacob had two hearts. His two names point to his two natures--Jacob and Israel, the natural man and the spiritual man, the supplanter of his brother and the prince of God. Now, here was the problem of Jacob’s life: How is the natural man to be spiritualized; how is the sinner to become a saint; how is the Jacob nature to be cast out, and the Israel nature to prevail? And this was the answer which God gave on every page of Jacob’s history, It can only be done by sore and bitter trial. As a refiner of silver or gold deals with the impure but precious metal, so did God deal with this wayward child of His love. He sent him sorrow upon sorrow, until all the earthiness and dross was purged out of his heart, and Jacob became, not only in name, but in very nature, Israel, the Prince of God. (J. C,. Lambert, B. D.)

Happiness

I. Happiness in a worldly sense is an impossible attainment. This is proved--

1. By the wants, calamities, passions, and weaknesses of human nature. Each of these would prevent the attainment of happiness.

2. By the changing, transitory nature of the world and its contents. That pleasure which can be dashed away in a moment cannot be happiness.

3. By the fact that all here are under the dominion of sin. Sin blights all things, sin embitters all things, sin brings a curse on all things.

II. Happiness in a spiritual sense is a possible and a blessed reality. The reasons for this, given in our text, are two-fold--assistance in the present and hope in the future.

1. Assistance in the present. The God of Jacob is his help. Notice that a man may have difficulties and yet be happy. God is his help. Oh, what a help! His power, greatness, goodness, all exercised on the Christian’s behalf.

2. Hope for the future--“Whose hope is in the Lord.” Hope, even in the present, can give happiness. But this hope will one day be realized and its fruition will be perfect joy. It is in the Lord our God that perfect happiness is only to be found. May we seek Him for our help and make Him our hope. (Homilist.)


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Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible

POSITIVE INSTRUCTION TO TRUST IN THE LORD

"Happy is he that hath the God of

Jacob for his help,

Whose hope is in Jehovah his God:

Who made heaven and earth,

The sea, and all that in them is;

Who keepeth truth forever.

Who executeth justice for the oppressed;

Who giveth food to the hungry.

Jehovah looseth the prisoners;

Jehovah openeth the eyes of the blind;

Jehovah raiseth up them that are bowed down;

Jehovah loveth the righteous;

Jehovah preserveth the sojourner;

He upholdeth the fatherless and widow;

But the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.

Jehovah will reign forever,

Thy God, O Zion, unto all generations.

Praise ye Jehovah."

It was upon the basis of this paragraph that we entitled this psalm, "Praise the Lord for What he Does." Some of the psalms praise God for what he has done, but the emphasis here is rather upon what he is doing. A mere list of these is impressive.

The Lord keepeth truth forever (Psalms 146:6).

He executeth judgment for the oppressed (Psalms 146:7).

He giveth food to the hungry (Psalms 146:7).

He looseth the prisoners (Psalms 146:7).

He openeth the eyes of the blind (Psalms 146:8).

He raises up them that are bowed down (Psalms 146:8).

He loveth the righteous (Psalms 146:8).

He preserveth the sojourners (Psalms 146:9).

He upholdeth the fatherless and widow (Psalms 146:9).

He turns the way of the wicked upside down (Psalms 146:9)

He reigns forever, unto all generations (Psalms 146:10).

Rhodes gave voice to a popular error, writing that, in the light of this passage, "According to both Testaments, personal gospel and social gospel are one gospel."[15] The truth is that what men today call the "social gospel" is nothing but a thinly-veneered "humanism," utterly void of the eternal salvation available "in Christ" as the Lord's devoted follower.

"The God of Jacob" (Psalms 146:5). In time, this expression came to be the virtual equivalent of "The God of Israel." It is by no means enough to praise "deity." One must praise the true God, even the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God revealed in the Holy Bible.

This final paragraph cannot be read without an acute consciousness of the fact that our Lord Jesus Christ stressed all of these things during his earthly ministry.

"Looseth the prisoners" (Psalms 146:7). "Deliverance from the bondage of sin may be intended here."[16]

"Openeth the eyes of the blind" (Psalms 146:8). "The spiritually blind, rather than the physically blind may be meant, because there was no healing of the physically blind in the Old Testament."[17]

"These verses belong to the `God of Jacob' exclusively and to no other. He is the God known to Israel and to Zion. This is the exclusivism of the Old Testament. The abstract concept of `deity' is not enough for a man to trust; nor is any other claimant to the title, `God.' Only one God is worthy of trust. He is to be found only in Jacob (Israel) and Zion."[18]

"Who keepeth truth forever" (Psalms 146:6). Barnes pointed out that two reasons are here given for trusting God: (1) He is the one and only true God, the Creator, able indeed to help those whom he loves. (2) He is faithful and may always be relied upon.[19]

"Turneth the way of the wicked upside down" (Psalms 146:9). Dummelow explained this as meaning that, "God turns aside the way of the wicked into the trackless desert where it disappears."[20]

"Jehovah will reign forever, Thy God, O Zion, unto all generations" (Psalms 146:10). Briggs pointed out that 10a here is a quotation from Exodus 15:18, and that 10b is a quotation from Psalms 147:12.[21]

One of the most interesting comments we have seen on this psalm is that of Rawlinson, who identified the "Zion of this passage as that of Hebrews 12:22, adding that, "God is the God of Zion and will remain so unto all generations, since the Church of Christ is now the true Zion of Hebrews 12:22."[22] It is also a fact that the Church of Christ is the true "Israel of God" (Galatians 6:16).


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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Psalms 146:5". "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/psalms-146.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help,.... The God of the patriarch Jacob, the Messiah, who is that God that fed him all his life, the Angel that redeemed him from all evil, with whom in the form of a man he wrestled, when he had power over God, and saw him face to face; the God of the posterity of Jacob, the Angel of Jehovah's presence, who went before them by day and night in the wilderness, and saved and carried them all the days of old; the God of spiritual Jacob, or Israel, the church of the chosen, redeemed, and called ones; the God of every Israelite indeed, of every true believer, as he was Thomas's Lord and God: now happy is that man that has him for his help, who helps his servant Israel, all his people out of the sad estate of sin and misery into which they are brought; helps them to all the blessings of grace, and to all the supplies of it in their time of need; helps them under all their infirmities, temptations, and afflictions; helps them in all their way to heaven, and against every enemy of their souls; and at last helps them to everlasting glory and happiness;

whose hope is in the Lord his God; in Immanuel, God with us, God manifest in the flesh; Christ the hope of Israel, and the Saviour thereof; who is our hope, and in all his people the hope of glory; not only the author and giver of the grace of hope, but the object, ground, and foundation of it: now happy is that man whose hope alone is in him; who hopes for salvation, pardon, righteousness, and eternal life, through him, and him only; such are safe and secure, who, as prisoners of hope, turn to him their strong hold; those shall want no good thing that hope and trust in him; they have peace now through his blood and righteousness, and shall be saved with an everlasting salvation; see Jeremiah 17:7.


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Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

5.Blessed is he, etc. As it would not have been enough to reprove the sin, he submits the remedy upon which the proper correction of it depends; and this is, that the hopes of men are only stable and well-founded when they rest entirely upon God. For even the wicked sometimes come the length of acknowledging the folly of trust in man. Accordingly they are often angry with themselves for being so inconsiderate as to expect deliverance from men; but by neglecting the remedy, they are not extricated from their error. The Psalmist having condemned the infatuation, which we have seen to be natural to us all, wisely subjoins that they are blessed who trust in God. Jeremiah observes the same order. (Jeremiah 17:5.)

“Cursed is he that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm,” etc.;

and then — “Blessed is the man whose hope the Lord is.” When David pronounces those blessed whose help is the Lord, he does not restrict the happiness of believers to present sense, as if they were only happy when God openly and in outward acts appeared as their helper, but he places their happiness in this — that they are truly persuaded of its being entirely by the grace of God they stand. He calls him the God of Jacob, to distinguish him from the multitude of false gods in which unbelievers gloried at that time; and there was good reason for this; for while all propose to themselves to seek God, few take the right way. In designating the true God by his proper mark, he intimates that it is only by an assured faith of adoption that any of us can rest upon him; for he must show himself favorable to us before we can look for help from him.


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John Trapp Complete Commentary

Psalms 146:5 Happy [is he] that [hath] the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope [is] in the LORD his God:

Ver. 5. Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help] Since he is the King immortal, all powerful, as Psalms 146:6, and no less willing, since he is a God in covenant.

Whose hope is in the Lord his God] This is a well grounded hope indeed, and such as will not drag after a man. The leper believed Christ’s power, "Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean." Martha believed his will to raise her dead brother, but doubted of his power; since he had now been four days in the grave. He that is confident of both is upon sure ground, and happy indeed.


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Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae

DISCOURSE: 744

THE BLESSEDNESS OF TRUSTING IN GOD

Psalms 146:5. Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God.

HOW exalted was the frame of the Psalmist’s mind at the time he penned these words! “Praise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul. While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being [Note: ver. 1, 2.].” Who that reads these words does not envy him, and desire to be like him? But how shall we attain this frame? How did he acquire it? He had been contemplating the character of the Most High, and the interest which he himself enjoyed in the divine favour: and he records this as his decided testimony for the benefit of all future generations: “Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God.”

May the same benefit result to you, my Brethren, whilst I,

I. Confirm his testimony—

Doubtless a carnal mind can see no blessedness in such contemplations as these: but one who is taught of God will fully accord with this inspired penman, from a conviction that the person here characterized may assure himself of two most important facts:—

1. However numerous or powerful his enemies be, he can never be overcome—

[Were his confidence in himself, he might soon be vanquished. Peter has shewn us how weak the most intrepid man is, when left to himself; for, after all his boasting that he was ready to die with his Lord and Master, he denied him with oaths and curses. Nor is a person at all more secure who trusts in any created power; for, however powerful a man may be, he may not be able to afford the assistance that is needed; or, if able, he may not be willing; or, if willing, he may change his mind; or, if fixed in purpose, he may be removed by death, when, of course, all his thoughts and purposes must perish [Note: ver. 3, 4.]. But the man who trusts in God has an ever-present, an ever-willing, an immutable, an all-sufficient help — — — No confederacy, whether of men or devils, can prevail against him who sanctifies the Lord God in his heart [Note: Isaiah 8:12-13.]: “There is a wall of fire round about him,” that will both afford him protection, and destroy his every assailant [Note: Zechariah 2:5. with 2 Kings 6:16-17.]. He may confidently challenge the whole universe: “If God be for me, who can be against me [Note: Romans 8:31.]?” Whether it be his body or his soul that is assaulted, he is equally secure: “No weapon that is formed against him,” whether wielded by men or devils, can ever prosper [Note: Isaiah 54:17.]: “his God will be his shield and buckler [Note: Psalms 18:2.];” and “he shall be more than conqueror, through Him that loveth him [Note: Romans 8:37.].”]

2. However enlarged his expectations be, he can never be disappointed—

[We cannot expect too little from man, or too much from God. God, in giving himself to us as our God, authorises us to expect from him all that he himself can do, so far at our necessities require it. He himself says to us, “Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it [Note: Psalms 81:10.]. We cannot open it too wide. Take all the promises in God’s blessed word: take all that he has engaged for in his everlasting covenant; take all that the Lord Jesus Christ has merited in our behalf; take all that by any possibility we may ever need, for body or for soul, for time or for eternity; take all the glory and blessedness of heaven: take the very throne and kingdom of God himself; and put all this into one petition, and it shall all be given: not an atom of it shall ever be wanting to the believing suppliant, so far as his soul shall be capable of enjoying it. The Believer should not be straitened in himself; for he is not straitened in his God. His hopes can never be too large; for God is both “able and willing to do for him all, and above all, and abundantly above all, yea, exceeding abundantly above all, that he can either ask or think [Note: Ephesians 3:20.].”]

Such being the testimony here given us; namely, that the man whose “help” is in God can never be overcome, and whose “hope” is in God can never be disappointed; let me,

II. Commend it to your special attention—

We suppose you all to wish for a participation of the Psalmist’s happiness. To all of you, then, I would say,

1. Seek to know the character of Jehovah, as here drawn—

[We have not, in general, worthy conceptions of the Deity, either as a God of Providence or as a God of Grace. We do not at all realize in our minds his universal agency, or the tender care which he takes of his believing people, insomuch that not a hair falls from the head of any of them without his special permission. But see in what light the Psalmist viewed him, when he gave concerning him the testimony which we are now considering: “Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God; who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that therein is; who keepeth truth for ever; who executeth judgment for the oppressed; who giveth food to the hungry; who looseth the prisoners, and openeth the eyes of the blind, and raiseth them that are bowed down, and loveth the righteous, and preserveth the strangers, and relieveth the fatherless and the widow [Note: ver. 5–9.]:” see all these diversified conditions; see the relief administered agreeably to the necessities of all; and then say, whether he be not happy who has this God for his help? If you had all the men upon earth engaged for your support, yea, and all the angels in heaven too, it were nothing in comparison of the blessings you enjoy. Only realize the thought, that every perfection of the Deity is occupied day and night in your behalf, for the express purpose of securing and consummating your eternal happiness; and you will need nothing more to render you completely happy, amidst all the diversified scenes of this vain and troublesome world.]

2. Seek to obtain an interest in him, as your God—

[Doubtless, unless he be your God, you can derive no comfort from the consideration of his perfections; for, whatever he may be to others, to you he will be only “a consuming fire [Note: Hebrews 12:29.].” But how shall he be made your God? There is but one way, and that is by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ: for “to all that believe in Christ, is given the privilege of becoming sons of God [Note: John 1:12.];” “and if sons, then heirs, heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ [Note: Romans 8:17.].” Look then, and see what an interest Christ himself possesses in the Father’s love: see all that the Father did for him: see him now sitting at the right hand of the Father, in inconceivable blessedness and glory. All this shall you also inherit together with him: for, “all things are yours, if ye be Christ’s [Note: 1 Corinthians 3:22-23.].” Will ye not, then, come to Christ, and cleave unto him, and live by faith upon him? Me-thinks I need not urge this upon you: your own minds are already bent upon this; and you are determined, through grace, to renounce every thing in comparison of Christ, and to make him “all your salvation and all your desire.”]

3. Make use of him for all the ends for which he has given himself to you—

[When once you can say, with David, “O God, thou art my God!” then carry to this almighty Friend your every want, your every wish. Lean not at any time to your own wisdom; and undertake nothing in your own strength. Look to your God for guidance, even in the most common affairs of life; and, in all the difficulties which you may be called to encounter, “be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” Remember all that he did for “Jacob, whose God he was” — — — And remember the promise he has made to you; “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness [Note: Isaiah 41:10.].” What though in yourself you be only as a worm? he says to you, “Fear not, thou worm Jacob; for thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and make the hills as chaff [Note: Isaiah 41:14-15.].” Only make him “your help, and him your hope,” and you have nothing to fear. Let nothing, on the one hand, be deemed too great to carry to him; nor, on the other hand, account any thing so small that you may engage in it without his aid. Let “Him work all your works in you [Note: Isaiah 26:12.],” and you are safe, even as if you were already before his throne: for “you are in his hands, nor shall any be ever able to pluck you thence [Note: John 10:28-29.].” To every one, then, who really and altogether relies on God, I will address that inspired congratulation: “Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the Lord, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thine excellency! Thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places [Note: Deuteronomy 33:29.].”]


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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

5. Happy—The first word of the Psalms occurs here for the twenty-fifth and last time. It is a word of great force, always exclamatory. “O the blessednesses!”


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George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Power. God the Son. Earthly monarchs are forced to depend on others for the execution of their orders. But God is infinite. (Calmet) --- Number. He knows innumerable things: (Worthington) or rather, (Haydock) the divine wisdom hath no parts, Jeremias x. 6. (Berthier)


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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Happy. The last of the twenty-seven Beatitudes in the Book of Psalms. See App-63.

GOD. Hebrew El. App-4.

of Jacob: i.e. the God who met Jacob (Genesis 28:13) when he had nothing (Genesis 32:10 and deserved nothing (but wrath, Genesis 27) and promised him everything. This title answers to the N.T. title "the Godof all grace" (1 Peter 5:10). Happy indeed are all they who have this God for their God.

Whose. Supply the Ellipsis by repeating [Happy he] whose, &c.

hope = expectation.


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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God:

Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help - instead of 'trusting in princes, in whom there is no help' (Psalms 146:3 : cf. Psalms 118:7; Psalms 144:15). Literally, 'in his help.' Compare Deuteronomy 33:26, "the God of Jeshurun rideth upon the heaven in thy help." The very name of God here [ 'Eel (Hebrew #410), El] expresses strength, in contradistinction to human impotence.


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Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(5) For the different aspects of the Divine nature and character inspiring trust see Introduction. With this verse comp. Psalms 33:12; Psalms 144:15.

Hope.—The Hebrew word is rare in the psalter, expressing earnest” looking for,” or “waiting for.” (See Psalms 104:27; Psalms 119:166.)


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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God:
Happy
33:12; 84:12; 144:15; Deuteronomy 33:29
the God
46:7,11; 84:8; Genesis 32:24-29; 50:17; Exodus 3:6
whose
39:7; 71:5; Jeremiah 17:7,8; 1 Peter 1:21

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