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Praise ye the LORD.

Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the heathen, to give thanks unto Thy holy name, and to triumph in Thy praise. Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD.   Psalm 106.47-48

Words of praise and thankfulness unto God have always typified His people. He is our Maker, the Source of our existence, the Benefactor of our blessings, the Savior of our souls. It is deserving that He should be remembered with reverence and thanksgiving.

Paul told the Colossian brethren that one of the characteristics of walking in Christ is to be abundant in thanksgiving (2.6-7). Likewise, to the Ephesians he said, “Giving thanks always for all things to God…” (5.20).

The Bible tells us the crowning achievement of God’s creation was mankind. Everything that was made was made for us. With our unique and divinely-ordained intellect, the earth and all that is in it was given into our care and subjection (Genesis 1.28).

For the Christian there are just no words quite adequate to describe the thrilling experience of life. Yea, even those moments fraught with pain, disappointment, sorrow, and tears are beneficial and necessary for us. They make us complete, enabling us to be happy and joyful through all the uncertainties attendant to this life. So with the psalmist we may say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD.

– grace to you all and peace, Bill

 

People of God Sing!

“I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being” (Psalm 104.33). Eugene Peterson has observed, “The people of God sing. They express exuberance in realizing the majesty of God and the mercy of Christ…Moses sings, Miriam sings, Deborah sings, David sings, Mary sings, angels sing, Jesus and His disciples sing, Paul and Silas sing. When persons of faith become aware of who God is and what He does, they sing” (Living the Message, 75).

Oh sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth!
 Sing to the Lord, bless His name;
tell of His salvation from day to day.
Declare His glory among the nations,
His marvelous works among all the peoples!
 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
He is to be feared above all gods.
 For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
 Splendor and majesty are before Him;
strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.

 Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength!
 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name;
bring an offering, and come into His courts!
 Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness;
tremble before Him, all the earth!

Psalm 96.1-9

 

Save us, O LORD our God…

 

…and gather us from among the heathen, to give thanks unto Thy holy name, and to triumph in Thy praise. Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD.  Psalm 106.47-48

Words of praise and thankfulness unto God have always typified His people.

He is our Maker, the Source of our existence, the Benefactor of our blessings, the Savior of our souls. It is deserving that He should be remembered with reverence and thanksgiving.

Paul told the Colossian brethren that one of the characteristics of walking in Christ was to be abundant in thanksgiving (2.6-7). Likewise, to the Ephesians he said, “Giving thanks always for all things to God…” (5.20).

The Bible tells us the crowning achievement of God’s creation was mankind. Everything that was made was made for us. With our unique and divinely-ordained intellect, the earth and all that is in it was given into our care and subjection (Genesis 1.28).

For the Christian there are just no words quite adequate to describe the thrilling experience of life. Yea, even those moments fraught with pain, disappointment, sorrow, and tears are beneficial and necessary for us. They make us complete, enabling us to be happy and joyful through all the uncertainties attendant to this life. So with the psalmist we may say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD.

–Bill

 

“Bless the Lord, O my soul!”

“Bless the LORD, O my soul!
O LORD my God, Thou art very great;
Thou art clothed with splendor and majesty…”

Those are the opening words of David in Psalm 104. In spite of, or maybe because of, all the treachery and turmoil about him, time and again he turned to revel in the beauty and wonder of God’s creation and to sing of the splendor and majesty of Him who reigneth on high.

There has never been a time during our pilgrimage here when we have not faced burdens and fears, trials and despair – so many bad things constantly seem to happen. The crimes and crises of David’s day may be different from those we face now, but certainly we share the despair he so often felt. Is there no rest, no respite?

David found solace and shelter in God. When iniquity prevailed against him, he replied, “How blessed is the one whom Thou dost choose, and bring near to Thee, to dwell in Thy courts. We will be satisfied with the goodness of Thy house, Thy holy temple” (Psalm 65.1).

We cannot stop the madness of evil men any more than we can eliminate crime in our own country’s cities and towns. But like David, we can have hope and assurance in the God of heaven who “makes the clouds His chariot, and walks upon the wings of the wind…and establishes the earth upon its foundations, so that it will not totter forever and ever” (Psalm 104.3, 5).

We can live daily, secure in the knowledge that God “sends forth springs in the valleys; they flow between the mountains” to quench our thirst, that the earth might be “satisfied with the fruit of His works” (Psalm 104.10, 13).

When times are hard, and our troubled hearts are prone to think evil overwhelms good, let us ne’er forget,

By awesome deeds Thou dost answer us in righteousness,
O God of our salvation…
Thou dost visit the earth and cause it to overflow;
Thou dost greatly enrich it;
The stream of God is full of water;
Thou dost prepare their grain,
For Thou dost prepare the earth.
Thou dost water its furrows abundantly;
Thou dost settle its ridges;
Thou dost soften it with showers;
Thou dost bless its growth.
Thou hast crowned the year with Thy bounty,
And Thy paths drip with fatness.
The pastures of the wilderness drip,
And the hills gird themselves with rejoicing.
The meadows are clothed with flocks,
And the valleys are covered with grain;
They shout for joy, yes, they sing.”

Psalm 65.5, 9-13

Through whatever circumstances we walk while here, God walks with us. He is always near. His ears are attuned to our prayers. He blesses us with His providential care. Because we belong to Him, we, like David, can exalt in praise and thanksgiving:

I will sing to the LORD as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
Let my meditation be pleasing to Him;
As for me, I shall be glad in the LORD…

Bless the LORD, O my soul.
Praise the LORD!”

Psalm 104.33-35