When you hear the word praise, what does that mean to you? Do words such as glorify, worship, honor, rejoice or give thanks come to mind? These are considered action words. It is our feelings and desires towards God and not man that lead to such worship. We don’t only say we believe in God, but we go to Him often and praise Him. As Christians, we ought to praise the Lord God in all things. 3As we have breath, praise the Lord. As David spoke of many times in Psalms, It is more than taught but a devotion, in His life towards God. After God came back into His heart, He could not help but praise the Lord, for 1“His mercy endures forever”. The Lord was so gracious enough to forgive Him, though He was a sinner. This resonated in His heart, in so much, as to declare the mercy of our God to everyone. It no longer became an inward experience but an outward expression of His love for God, and to all men. David declared, 2“Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.” He goes on to say why He praises the Lord and gives thanks. Speaking of the Lord, he declares, 2“He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” He saw the compassion of God, and for this, praised the Lord. His heart was healed and no more scars were left open, for the Lord God had cleansed Him from all iniquity.
If you just understood the glory of God, you’d be reaching for His hand, every day of your life. You would no longer distance yourself from Him, but seek Him often in prayer and in His Word. And how can you come to a realization of the Lord’s mighty power? All it takes is to look at the world around you. The God we serve is our great creator. 2“He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.” Even as there are billions of stars, there has been more or else that many people that have ever lived on this earth and He knows us all by name. How majestic is our God. Great is His glory. 2“Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.” Because the Lord knows us and loves us so much, He also has prepared a way for us to find true happiness. Those that discover the Lord, are healed from all their sins. They are washed clean. His peace is able to come into their lives and bring them great joy. These are those that are open to God’s teachings and His promptings in their lives. It is taught that 2“the Lord lifteth up the meek.” Everyone that has discovered the Lord, and come into His light, are forever changed. Their hearts and minds are given over to the Lord, because of their love for Him. If you desire to follow Jesus, then also 2“sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God.” May your hope be in mercy, forevermore.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, it is so good to come to You and praise Your holy Name. You are so kind to me. Even when I don’t deserve it, You continue to call after me and have mercy upon my soul. There is nothing life Your love. Your compassion is like no other. Thank You for allowing me into Your presence. Thank You for making a way that I may be saved. Thank You for Your mercy. Thank You for the cross. Your sacrifice gives me hope. It is an honor to come to You, my King. You are the rock of my salvation. All my praise and worship be to Your great Name. I lift You high. I rejoice in the name of the Lord. My lips sing praise to my God, who saves. It is an honor to serve You. You are the source of truth and the strength that I need. You bless me in more ways than I know. Thank You Lord. I love You. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below
1Psalm 136:1-9 (KJV)
1 O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
2 O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.
3 O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.
4 To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.
5 To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.
6 To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever.
7 To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever:
8 The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever:
9 The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.
2Psalm 147 (KJV)
1 Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.
2 The Lord doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.
3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
4 He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.
5 Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.
6 The Lord lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.
7 Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:
8 Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.
9 He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry.
10 He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.
11 The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.
12 Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Zion.
13 For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee.
14 He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.
15 He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly.
16 He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.
17 He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold?
18 He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow.
19 He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel.
20 He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the Lord.
3Psalm 150 (KJV)
1 Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.
3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.