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The Psalm writer had it right, when he said,
Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praises to my God all my life long. (Psalm 146.1-2)
As we conclude this study in the Psalms, we will use the words of the Psalms to list the reasons why God is worthy to receive our praise every day of our lives.
Praise God’s Care
We certainly praise God for the way he uses his power. His power is never self-serving, but it is self-giving for the people he has created.
He executes justice for the oppressed;
who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets the prisoners free;
the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord watches over the strangers;
he upholds the orphan and the widow. (Psalm 146.7-9)
We praise God for this aspect of his character. We also recognize that we are God’s agents in the service of those who need justice, food, freedom and help.
As his representatives on earth, we work for justice, care for prisoners, assist immigrants, and care for the orphans and widows.
God Builds Up
Psalm 147 reminds us that the Jewish people and the nation Israel is important to God. We join the writer of the Psalm and praise God for Jewish people and Israel.
Two verses capture the thought of the entire 147th Psalm.
The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
he gathers the outcasts of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted,
and binds up their wounds. (Psalm 147.2-3)
Imagine yourself as someone who has returned to Israel after severe oppression under Nazi Germany or Soviet domination.
See yourself as one who has escaped oppression and now lives in free Israel. Consider how God has healed your broken heart and wounded soul.
Take a moment to join Jewish people in Israel, who give praise to God. Also, praise God for how he has healed your inside condition and the circumstances of his life.
All Creation Gives Praise
From the angels in heaven to the smallest animal in the forest, all of creation gives God praise.
Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for his name alone is exalted;
his glory is above earth and heaven. (Psalm 148.13)
We join the praise of the NAME of the Lord. God’s name is such an important part of his being that we are commanded in the Ten Commandments to not make the wrong use of his name (Exodus 20.7).
In multiple ways every song of praise glorifies God’s name. Song often take one aspect of God’s character or nature and elevates that part in the worship and praise of our magnificent God.
Joyfully Praise God
The people of God praise God with joyful song and dance. Both the body and the voice react to God’s goodness.
For the Lord takes pleasure in his people;
he adorns the humble with victory. (Psalm 149.4)
We praise God because he enjoys people. Let’s fix this truth in our minds that God actually likes people and wants to be with them.
He enjoys it when we talk to him and include him in our lives. He enjoys our songs and dance, just as a parent loves to see happiness in their children’s eyes.
The Book of Psalms ends with this declaration:
Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord! (Psalm 150.6)
Each Psalm from 146-150 contains the phrase, “Praise the Lord!” This phrase is captured in one Hebrew word, “Hallelujah.”
When we look at all that God is and has done for us, “Hallelujah” is the perfect response. Praise the Lord!
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