Sunday - July 23, 2017

Summer in the Psalms

 

Love You Forever children’s book

 

I will exalt you, my God and King,

    and praise your name forever and ever.

I will praise you every day;

    yes, I will praise you forever.

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What if you don’t? What if forever means “till things get tough”? What if you don’t praise God every day, every week?

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Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!

    No one can measure his greatness.

Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts;

    let them proclaim your power.

 (v5 - I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor

    and your wonderful miracles.)

Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue;

    I will proclaim your greatness.

Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness;

    they will sing with joy about your righteousness.

The Lord is merciful and compassionate,

    slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.

The Lord is good to everyone.

    He showers compassion on all his creation.

All of your works will thank you, Lord,

    and your faithful followers will praise you.

They will speak of the glory of your kingdom;

    they will give examples of your power.

 (v 11 - They will tell about your mighty deeds

    and about the majesty and glory of your reign. )

For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom.

    You rule throughout all generations.

The Lord always keeps his promises;

    he is gracious in all he does.

The Lord helps the fallen

    and lifts those bent beneath their loads.                        

( v 15 - The eyes of all look to you in hope;

    you give them their food as they need it. )

(V 16 - When you open your hand,

    you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing.)

The Lord is righteous in everything he does;

    he is filled with kindness.

The Lord is close to all who call on him,

    yes, to all who call on him in truth.

He grants the desires of those who fear him;

    he hears their cries for help and rescues them.

The Lord protects all those who love him,

    but he destroys the wicked.

I will praise the Lord, and may everyone on earth bless his holy name forever and ever.      (Psalm 145, NLT)

 

Reasons not to praise God….

 

 Psalm 145 is balanced…

  • between who God is and how God has called us to respond in praise
  • between a heart that is sensitive to God’s presence and a mind that is reflective of God’s truth
  • in points of testimony and with a promise to trust God
  • in the teachings & the transforming power of His Spirit

 

We might think that we are taught to praise God and we are blessed when we do. Not true. We are transformed to give God glory and our lives are enriched and empowered when we give God glory for all things. We then learn to live in praise.

 

Psalm 145 is one of the key Psalms in the worship of Israel as well as in the Christian church. It is stated in Hebrew wisdom that the person who recites this Psalm 3 times a day is a child of the world to come because they are engaging with their life of now with the life eternal.

 

How are we transformed by and for God?