The doxology encourages us, “Praise God from whom all blessings flow.” In greater detail, “I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips” (Psa. 34:1). Whether in favorable situations or during adversity. In more graphic terms, whether on the mountain top or in the deep ravine.
Then, too: “I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands” (Psa. 63:4). From one moment to the next, from one day to the next, from one week to the next, and so. Accordingly, unrelenting in one’s resolve.
“Praise our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard; he has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping” (Psa. 66:8). As a call to corporate praise, our voices blended together in adulation. Why? Since he has preserved our lives when threatened, and kept our feet from slipping when hard pressed. Recalling the rock strewn paths of the Judean hill country.
“Praise the Lord in the great congregation; praise the Lord in the assembly of Israel” (Psa. 68:26). While in context of the chosen people. Then as applicable to those who profess the Christian faith. Finally, with reference to the pledge of allegiance to “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
“Sing to Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day” (Psa. 96:2). As if to compose a new song daily. One that reflects his constant availability, and creative involvement. Such as encourages us to set aside the problems of the past, and face afresh the challenges of each day. Along with anticipation of God’s lavish blessing.
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name” (Psa. 100:4). For what reason? “For the Lord is good and his love endures forever, his faithfulness continues through all generations.” In brief, because he is good and he does good. Without qualification or exception.
“Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name” (Psa. 103:1). With thorough sincerity. Such as does not waver with the changing circumstances of life. As those set apart for his gracious ministry.
“Praise the Lord, all his works everywhere in his dominion” (Psa. 103:22). As if a choir consisting of all creatures. Each in the way appropriate to its distinct being. Recalling trees waving their branches in the wind, in keeping with their station in life.
“It is not the dead who praise the Lord, those who go down to silence; it is we who extol the Lord, both now and forevermore” (Psa. 115:17-18). The voices of those once with us have been silenced, while their precedent remains. Consequently, we extol the Lord for all his blessings, and thus the practice is passed down from one generation to the next.
“Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord” (Psa. 134:2). “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Heb. 10:25). While of benefit to us, explicitly as a means of encouraging others. While seizing this opportunity to render praise.
“Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom” (Psa. 145:3). There is none comparable, nor as deserving. Our praise does not do him justice.
“The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love” (Psa. 145:8). “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” (John 3:17). As if light shining in the darkness, and yet some chose darkness in preference to the light.
“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth” (Psa. 145:18). I have heard it said that he is only a prayer away. But perhaps it is also true that he is only a praise away.
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