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Saturday, July 25, 2015

PRAISE THE LORD

“O praise the Lord, all you nations! Praise Him, all you people!  For His mercy and loving-kindness are great toward us, and the truth and faithfulness of the Lord endure forever.  Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)”* Psalm 117:1-2
       This is the shortest Psalm in the Psalter**. It’s a special Psalm because it calls all nations and all peoples to praise the name of the Lord.  He has done great and mighty things in our midst and for that we are to praise His name.  Frankly, if He did nothing for us but exist, He would still be worthy of all glory, praise and honor simply due to who He is.  He has done marvelous things.  His mercy has been shown in that we, who are worthy of nothing less than death, have been spared and given a chance to receive forgiveness for every ungodly thing we have ever thought, said or done.  His mercy was acted out in the person of Jesus, the Christ.  God’s loving-kindness is shown in His tender affection toward us. 
        The truth of the Lord is found in His word.  The word of God is alive and is food for the soul.  It encourages us, building up our spirit man.  Without a steady diet of God’s word we will begin to shrivel up and weaken spiritually speaking.
       God’s faithfulness is shown in that He has never, ever failed to do that which He has promised to do.  Just because a promise hasn’t been fulfilled in our midst doesn’t mean it isn’t coming.  Time is irrelevant to our Lord as evidenced by the following: But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” (2 Peter 3:8) and again: “A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.” (Psalm 90:4) 
       So you see God is more than worthy of all praise!  There is nothing He cannot and will not do for you if you are serving Him faithfully.  Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
* The Amplified Bible.
** A book containing the book of Psalms or a particular version of, musical setting for, or selection from it.

Resources:  The Reformation Study Bible.