Daily Archives: July 30, 2012

Psalm 113, 114, 115; 1 Thessalonians 3

There are an unfathomable number of reasons why the Lord is worthy of praise. There are so many, that even if each person in the world could list 100 reasons, together, we would still not even name more than what would fill the palm of His hand.

We are called over and over in the Bible to praise the Lord, all the time, every day, in the good times and the bad. Praise is offering words of homage as an act of worship, love and admiration. It is an expression of approval and tribute, an applause and a compliment. It is an act of gratitude, an act of devotion. It is a celebration.

So many of the Psalms are filled with explanations as to why God is worthy of praise. Here are some of the reasons according to Psalms 113, 114, and 115 (based on the Message version):

Psalm 113

  • God is higher than anything and anyone, outshining everything you can see in the skies.
  • God cannot be compared with anyone.
  • God is majestically enthroned, surveying the heavens and the earth.
  • God picks up the poor from out of the dirt.
  • God rescues the wretched who’ve been thrown out with the trash.
  • God gives us a place of honor among the brightest and best.
  • God gives childless couples a family.
  • God gives joy.

Psalm 114

  • God brought Israel out of Egypt.
  • God made Judah a holy land.
  • God made Israel a place of holy rule.
  • God parted the seas and the rivers.
  • God moved mountains.
  • God opened the earth.
  • God turned the rock into a pool of spring water.

Psalm 115

  • God is full of glory.
  • God is merciful and loving.
  • God is faithful.
  • God is in heaven, alive.
  • God is real, not made of metal and wood by a craftsman.
  • God has a mouth and talks to us.
  • God has eyes to see us.
  • God has ears to hear us.
  • God has a nose to smell the incense of our living sacrifice.
  • God has hands to hold us.
  • God has feet to walk with us.
  • God has a throat that utters sounds to us.
  • God can be trusted.
  • God is our Helper.
  • God is our Ruler.
  • God is to be feared.
  • God remembers us and blesses us, both small and great.
  • God enlarges our families and helps us grow.
  • God gives us life.

I love praising God through song. One of my favorite times happens at every family gathering on my mother’s side. When we are preparing to eat, rather than saying a traditional ‘thank you for our food’ prayer, we sing the Doxology. Everyone sings, an ever growing family chorus, full of talented musicians and those who simply make a joyful noise. A humble song, yet one that reflects our family’s gratefulness to the Lord for all He has done for us.

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow.

Praise Him, all creatures here below.

Praise Him, above ye heavenly hosts.

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.*

DOXOLOGY – THE SAUER FAMILY, 2010

My prayer for you today, dear reader…

May you be a walking doxology. May the Lord be praised through your life – your words, your actions, the content of your heart. ‘Just to remember God is a blessing—now and tomorrow and always. From east to west, from dawn to dusk, keep lifting all your praises to God! (Psalm 113:2-3; MSG) ‘…May the Master pour on the love so it fills your lives and splashes over on everyone around you, just as it does from [me] to you. May you be infused with strength and purity, filled with confidence in the presence of God our Father…’ (1 Thessalonians 3:12-13; MSG). ‘May you be blessed by God, [the God] who made heaven and earth.’ (Psalms 115:15) In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Sthoththiram! – Praise the Lord!

 

Blessings – Julie, Vadipatti, India

* Doxology, Thomas Ken, 1674 © Public Domain

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