Praise the LORD! (Psalm 145 Devotion)


PSALM 145

1 A Praise of David. I will extol You, my God, O King; And I will bless Your name forever and ever. 2 Every day I will bless You, And I will praise Your name forever and ever. 3 Great [is] the LORD, and greatly to be praised; And His greatness [is] unsearchable. 4 One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts. 5 I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, And on Your wondrous works. 6 [Men] shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, And I will declare Your greatness. 7 They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness, And shall sing of Your righteousness. 8 The LORD [is] gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy. 9 The LORD [is] good to all, And His tender mercies [are] over all His works. 10 All Your works shall praise You, O LORD, And Your saints shall bless You. 11 They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom, And talk of Your power, 12 To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, And the glorious majesty of His kingdom. 13 Your kingdom [is] an everlasting kingdom, And Your dominion [endures] throughout all generations. 14 The LORD upholds all who fall, And raises up all [who are] bowed down. 15 The eyes of all look expectantly to You, And You give them their food in due season. 16 You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing. 17 The LORD [is] righteous in all His ways, Gracious in all His works. 18 The LORD [is] near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. 19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them. 20 The LORD preserves all who love Him, But all the wicked He will destroy. 21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD, And all flesh shall bless His holy name Forever and ever.

PSALM 145:1-21

PRAISE THE LORD!

When is the last time you took time to just be in awe of the Lord! When Is the last time you just poured out praise? If there was anyone that you couldn’t praise enough, wouldn’t it be the LORD? Don’t we say that He is worthy of all praise and honor? Then why are we so slow to give him praise?

When it comes to prayer requests/ praises, do we have way more requests than praises? Often what comes out of our mouths are our needs, but if we count our blessings I am convinced that we would have more praises to offer than problems to present.

The most awkward moment in a prayer service is when we ask for praises. We all look at one another and think surely we have a lot to praise God for, but then our pride creeps in. We don’t want to be cliche and say our salvation, of course we should praise God for that! But we scratch our heads and try and think of something more recent as if the newer the praise, the more legitimate it is.

but think about it… The LORD saved ME from my sins! He thought of me! He cared for me! I was headed to Hell! He stepped in! I don’t care how long ago I initially placed my faith in Christ, I hope like David that I never get over it! He is still worthy of praise today!

As far as something more recent, I’m afraid that like a fish in water, I’m swimming in the blessings of God! God is worthy of praise for everything and yet how slow we are to give him praise in anything. I think part of it is a fear that we will miss something or perhaps that there is so much to praise Him for that we just don’t know where to start.

So let’s just praise Him like David did! Let’s cultivate hearts of gratitude and worship. Let’s offer the Lord for things big and small. Let’s take time to recognize His hand in everything from the my next breath to eternal life!

I was delighted the other day to come across one of my old journals. Once a week I simply wrote a “praise page,” a page dedicated to praising God. I started by writing the simple things to praise God for and moved to the more specific things I saw that week. It never failed, the “praise page” might start out as mundane or Tommy through the motions but would always end up in sincere praise for who God is and how He had moved in my life.

PRAYER

Father, I praise you for all your works! You are righteous to every generation! You have loved me beyond what I deserve! You hold this universe together! You spoke it into existence! You are my salvation!! I am grateful for the opportunity to tell others about you! You guide my steps and show me the way! I want to walk with integrity and worship in all my life! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

I’m reading and blogging the Psalms Through The Summer. I’d love for you to join me. You can find out a little more here.

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