PRAISE THE LORD ALL THE TIME.
This simple psalm is worth memorising to help us to ‘praise the Lord’, continuously – all day every day, simply for WHO He is!
He is allpowerful v4
It is interesting that v7- 9 are a direct quote from Hannah’s prayer of rejoicing at the promised birth of her son Samuel. (1Smauel 2:8 & 9)
I find it difficult to ‘praise the Lord’ without anchoring it in what He has done, and is doing for humanity. It is His powerful, unique, humble and caring character that brought about creation, restoration ( Good Friday and Easter) and continuous enabling, so awesomely achieved through His threefold person of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
So, though it is easy to ‘praise the Lord’ when things are going well for us and when we meet together at FAC and sing; we are required to do more than that. We must be like this God – doing as well as saying or singing!
As we thought through this psalm we were reminded of Jesus’ solemn warning in Matthew 25:31-46 when at the final judgement JESUS (the king) separates the people into two groups – those who have acted out of God’s character – kindness to the poor and needy as God Himself has done – and those who haven’t.
We can praise all we like but if it doesn’t result in action for those in need (of love and of the good news etc) we also might hear ‘depart from me’ v41.
Lord please help us to become more like Jesus.
Peter and Elizabeth.