Alleluia (Ps 146:1-146:2)

“Praise Yahweh!                    

Praise Yahweh!

O my soul!

I will praise Yahweh

As long as I live.

I will sing praises to my God

All my life long.”

Psalm 146 is the first of these last few psalms that are the alleluia hymns since they have no title. They all begin and end with the phrase alleluia or praise Yahweh, another way of saying the Hebrew “Hallelujah.” These psalms or hymns were usually recited in the morning. The opening verses are clearly about praising Yahweh. This psalmist will praise Yahweh as long as he would live. He was going to praise his God all his whole life.

Sing to God (Ps 59:16-59:17)

“But I will sing

Of your might.

I will sing aloud

Of your steadfast love

In the morning.

You have been

A fortress for me.

You have been

A refuge

In the day of my distress.

O my strength!

I will sing praises to you!

O God!

You are my fortress!

You are the God

Who shows me steadfast love!”

This psalm ends on a high note as David will sing to God. He will sing about the strength of God. He will sing aloud in the morning about the great steadfast love of God. God has been his fortress and strength, a refuge for him in the days of his distress. He will sing praises to God because of his love for him.