While I was staring out the window wondering what to write about today these words came to mind “Glory Hallelujah”. They didn’t come as a whisper or as a glance; they came loudly and with a full stare.
Many times I have asked God to put something on my heart to write about, something that will encourage not only me, but my readers as we go about our daily walk. Naturally I turned to the Psalms. As I began reading, joy and excitement surged through my very soul and I am looking at these words with new eyes.
My first stop was here: Ps 111 Praise the Lord! I will thank the Lord with all my heart as I meet with his godly people. How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in him should ponder them. Everything he does reveals his glory and majesty. His righteousness never fails. He causes us to remember his wonderful works. How gracious and merciful is our Lord! He gives food to those who fear him; he always remembers his covenant. He has shown his great power to his people by giving them the lands of other nations. All he does is just and good, and all his commandments are trustworthy. They are forever true, to be obeyed faithfully and with integrity. He has paid a full ransom for his people. He has guaranteed his covenant with them forever. What a holy, awe-inspiring name he has! Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise him forever! NLT
These are the things that caught my attention… the praise in this first Psalm seems to be while assembled with others who love the Lord. “With all my heart”, indicates with undivided attention. I am guilty of being easily distracted. How often I take for granted “everything he does”. “His righteousness never fails,” mine does! Too often I let worldly matters dim my view of his glory and majesty, his wonderful works, the food and everything he provides, his covenant, yes, his promises that he never breaks. I have broken promises, he never does. Every thing he does reveals his glory, got me again, as I am made aware that everything I do does not reveal his glory. His judgment is always right and we can always trust him completely, again I have fallen short here too. As I read on I am reminded that he gave his life for us and that he will be with us forever, and that our fear, reverence, honor and respect is the foundation of true wisdom. “Praise him forever”! He will never change, and he will always be worthy of our praise. He does not leave us, lie to us, forget about us or disappoint us.
I looked at a couple of other Psalms too and will share just a few more verses that touched me so much this morning. From Psalm 113:3 From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.
Next I read Ps 146 and I especially liked verses three through five from the NLT-Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there. When they breathe their last, they return to the earth, and all their plans die with them. But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is in the Lord their God.
We can find ourselves way off track if we get caught up in the daily news and politics. I’m not suggesting we have to ignore it, just remember that God is in charge and always will be and our hope and our trust should remain in him no matter what happens to us in this world we live in.
Finally I read Psalm 148 and I will close with this – Ps 150:6 Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord!