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Isaiah encourages every living being to sing of God’s praise with these words:
Sing to the Lord a new song,
his praise from the end of the earth!” (Isaiah 42.10).
Why should people make praise a daily part of their lives? How would the daily expression of praise benefit us?
The next verses of Isaiah 42 describe the reason why we should incorporate praise in our daily lives.
Praise God for Victories
We can begin our day by celebrating God’s might and victorious power.
Let them give glory to the Lord,
and declare his praise in the coastlands.
The Lord goes forth like a soldier,
like a warrior he stirs up his fury;
he cries out, he shouts aloud,
he shows himself mighty against his foes. (Isaiah 42.13-14)
Praise reminds us that God is for us and will help us conquer the obstacles we face throughout the day.
God’s promise is, “For it is the Lord your God who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to give you victory” (Deuteronomy 20.4).
God’s word to Joshua is true for his followers throughout all generations: “I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1.9).
When we begin our day in praise, we fix in our minds the fact that God is powerfully active in our lives.
Praise for God’s Guidance
God will direct our actions throughout the day if we are willing to follow him.
I will lead the blind
by a road they do not know,
by paths they have not known
I will guide them.
I will turn the darkness before them into light,
the rough places into level ground.
These are the things I will do,
and I will not forsake them. (Isaiah 42.16)
What God told King David about his willingness to lead is true for us too.
I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle,
else it will not stay near you. (Psalm 32.8-9)
God does not want to jerk us around through the circumstances of life to get our attention.
God wants us to know him so intimately that his guidance can be gentle and subtle. It doesn’t get any better than for God’s children to be able to be led by the gentle counsel of his “eye.”
When we take time each day to remind ourselves of God’s character and nature, our relationship with God will become more intimate. Over time, we will recognize the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit and be able to respond.
The Blind Servant
The next verses are not “life verses” for me, but they could be. I identify myself with the “blind servant” of verses 18-20 and praise God for his gracious direction in my life.
Listen, you that are deaf;
and you that are blind, look up and see!
Who is blind but my servant,
or deaf like my messenger whom I send?
Who is blind like my dedicated one,
or blind like the servant of the Lord?
He sees many things, but does not observe them;
his ears are open, but he does not hear. (Isaiah 42.18-20)
When I look back on more than 50 years of following the Lord, I know that God’s plans were perfect. I often was blind and didn’t know where I was headed, but God did.
Each person has different “stepping stones” in their life. I easily could have made a different decision at one of those pivotal moments, but God graciously led me on the right path.
Please take time today and think of the “stepping stones” of your life. Think of how God led you, even though you may have been “blind” like me.
Daily praise reminds us of God’s greatness. It is easy to trust daily decisions to someone with a character like God’s.
Freedom from Idolatry
An idol is any substitute for God that we trust instead of him. When we take time to give God the honor he is due, we remind ourselves that our reliance is upon God and no other.
They shall be turned back and utterly put to shame—
those who trust in carved images,
who say to cast images,
“You are our gods.” (Isaiah 42.17)
It is easy to follow the world’s system and trust money, power, politicians, thought leaders, and more. When we take the time to think of who God is, it is easier to trust his guidance throughout the day.
May I encourage you to join me today to take the time to give God praise. He is worthy of our praise, and we are greatly benefited from declaring his greatness.
About This Blog
Rudy Ross and I produce a daily video of these blog articles on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel. Rudy is Jewish, a Christian, and an excellent Bible student. The videos present insights from a dialogue with the two of us.
I am indebted to Dr. John Oswalt, who has written an excellent two-volume commentary on Isaiah for insights into the Book of Isaiah.
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