Praise the Lord. This is an encouragement for all people who know the grace of God anywhere. If you have experienced the power or strength or faithfulness or holiness or reconciliation or hope of God, praise him. Reflect on his goodness – praise the Lord today!
1 Praise the Lord.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
2 Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
4 praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
5 praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.
What a fitting end to the Psalms. With all its reflection and lament and even anguish and pain, it is fitting to achieve the reflection that we can always praise God for who he is and what he has done.
The psalmist encourages us to praise God for his acts of power and surpassing greatness. When I hear these words I think of Philippians 3, in which Paul writes of the contrast of knowing God and his stature in the world.
7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord
10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
Philippians 3:7, 10-11
All is loss when compared with the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus. The ultimate demonstration of God’s power occurred in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. We know the God who gave his only son to be our saviour on the cross, and who raised him from the dead on the third day to defeat sin and death.
We know that God. Nothing could be greater. In fact, nothing could be greater than realizing that this God of the universe desires to have a relationship with you and me. This is worth praising God for. And how might we do it?
Praise God with the full band. Trumpets, harps, lyres, timbrels, dancing, strings, pipe, and resounding cymbals. This isn’t a trio – it’s a big band. Bring everything you have into the worship of our God who is master of heaven and Father to his people.
Where have you seen and experienced God’s power and relationship? Think about this today and praise God for being there in your life.
Praise the Lord today.