Archive for April 9th, 2016

Psalm 113

Psalm 113 continues a very familiar theme – we need to praise the Lord. Three times in the first verse the psalmist exhorts us to praise the Lord. “Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord”!  The repetition here is not a mistake.  The writer is reminding us that praising God is not something we should grow cold or callous toward.  It is our call and we must not disregard God’s glory.  God is great and worthy of our praise.  We need to be focused and fervent in our praise.

As Christ Followers, we need to be sure we spend time truly focused on praise and adoration of our Creator.  We can often get caught up in the daily grind of life and take God for granted.  We don’t stop and realize just how awesome God is because we are consumed by the activity and challenges of the day.  Chaos controls our perspective, not God’s amazing love.  Praise is a response to thinking about who God is and what He has done, as revealed in His Word and in our life.

So we need to make sure we don’t lose sight of God and who He is and where He sits in our life.  “From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised”!  Our praise should not be a few minutes here or there.  It is the awareness of God all around us from sun up to sun down.  It is recognizing His beauty in the world we live in.  It is seeing His hand at work in the lives of people around us, and in our own life as He moves and directs the details of life.

We should always praise God because He is great and He is gracious to anyone that calls on Him.  The psalmist makes it clear that God is not only sitting on the throne high above the nations, but He is taking action to help those in need.  He raises people up and protects them from evil.  He lifts people from the depths and sits them with princes.  God is a gracious and giving God that changes lives.  Nothing too great for Him, no one too small.  God is able, and willing, to love and care for any and all who will simply call on His name.

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