Psalm 146 belongs to a series of five psalms known as “the Alleluia Psalms.” Throughout the book of Psalms we can read about victories, defeats, sins, doubts, affliction, war, enemies, downs and ups, etc. However, in this series of “hallelujah” psalms we only find praise to our God.The psalmist opens his song with the following words:
1 Praise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul.
2 While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.
An order to our soul to praise God
This song begins directly with the word “praise,” which gives an exhortation to his own soul to praise God. He says: “Praise, O my soul, to the Lord.” This also invites us to understand that praise is something that must come out of our soul, which must flow from our spirit. Let us remember God corrected the people of Israel because their praise did not come from the heart, and here the psalmist is very clear that the praise that God accepts is that which comes from the heart.