Wednesday, May 22, 2013
1Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
2Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.
3Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
4Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
5Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
6Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.
(Psalm 150, King James Version)
Today we complete an in-depth series of devotions on the Psalms called, "First Love," which we began on November 10, 2010. For two and a half years we have been immersed in the Psalms, and what an incredible journey it has been. It is fitting that the Psalms end with this glorious Psalm of praise, calling us to praise God in everything we do and say.
We are to praise God when we are in His house of worship, praise Him as we behold His power in all of creation, praise Him for the mighty acts He has done on our behalf, and praise Him for His greatness. We are called to praise Him with musical instruments, with the timbrel and dance, and even on the loud cymbals. Then, not only mankind, but everything that has breath is called to praise the Lord!
It is fitting that we acknowledge our great God and Creator in everything we think, do, and say, for what is there in life that is ours apart from Christ? Apart from Christ we are lost and condemned, but with Him we have an eternal hope that affects every area of our life here on this earth as well as our life in eternity.
What is of more importance? Nothing! Nothing compares to the state of our souls, for everything that we accomplish on this earth is nothing if we are lost. Only in Christ do we reap eternal rewards.
Just think of the many famous people whom we revere. Think of the many people who shaped the birth of our countries--the very lives we live today are a result of what they began. Yet, what is that to them if they never knew the Lord. They may be great heroes in our history books, but if they are not with Christ, they are certainly not "eternal" heroes.
Think, again, of those who have lived and died of whom we know nothing. What of the poor, the ordinary, the common people whose names will never appear in a history book? If they were believers in Christ, they are now rejoicing at the feet of Jesus. Truly, they are the only true heroes!
As we go about doing the things that occupy us from day to day, let us truly praise God, for He, alone, has done great and wondrous things. Apart from Him, we are nothing, but with Him we have and are everything!
Go, then, in the strength and power of the Lord, and praise God in all you think, do and say!
God Bless You,