Archive for January 10th, 2013

Psalm 146

Psalm 146 continues the education about praise.  “Praise the Lord!  Praise the Lord, O my soul”.  Praise is not some non-emotional reaction – it is a holistic pouring out of self to lift up our voice and spirit to the Lord.  It isn’t a suggestion – it is a command.  It is an action.  It requires us to be totally involved emotionally, spiritually and physically.  Praising the Lord is a way of life. It is a way of living.  It is a lifestyle.  And it involves all of me.  Praise the Lord, O my soul.  It isn’t some external only action. It involves our entire being.  It takes all of us, down to our very soul, to praise the Lord.

How long do we praise Him?  “I will praise the Lord as long as I live”.  That pretty much means with every breath we take.  We need to recognize God and His sovereignty continually.  How do we praise Him?  With all our soul, but also we are told “I will sing praises to my God while I have my being”. That reinforces the lifelong aspect of praise, but also that singing is one way we should be lifting up His name.  We should praise Him with our voice.  It isn’t something we should always do in a closet but verbally and often in front of others.

Whom should we trust?  “Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation”.  We will be sorely disappointed if we put our trust in mere man – even a powerful person.  We cannot hope to find any kind of consistency and salvation in mankind.  God alone is our rock and source of eternal  life.  God alone is worthy of our praise.  God alone has the power to keep us.  It is He “who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry.The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin”.  Man does none of those things.  It is all God’s domain!

Bottom line is this: “The Lord will reign forever”.  No man can claim anything close.  God alone reigns, even though we often deceive ourselves as humans to think we have some control over the world around us.  We don’t.  It is His, all His, and we are merely allowed to be part of His plan.  He does remind us that He wants to be “your God”.  It is a personal relationship with us He desires.  Not because He needs us, but because He loves us.  He desires that we enter into His presence and have a relationship.  Do you have that with God?  Are you praising Him with all your soul?  If not, today is the day to begin.  He is worthy.  He deserves and desires our praise!

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