Praise Him Always

Psalm 33:1-22 (ESV)

Shout for joy in the LORD, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright. Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings! Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts. For the word of the LORD is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD. By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host. He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap; he puts the deeps in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him! For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm. The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage! The LORD looks down from heaven; he sees all the children of man; from where he sits enthroned he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth, he who fashions the hearts of them all and observes all their deeds. The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue. Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you.

AMEN, let us hope in the Lord. Let us praise Him with our song, and in our joy. The psalmist here is giving credit to God for all He has done. And he recognizes that God is the victor, not the leader of armies. God created the world by His Word, and He is supreme.

This weekend, spend some time in worship. Not just at church, or with an online worship service, but spend some time one on one with God just worshiping Him, praising Him, even if you are like me, and your singing sounds like two cats screeching at each other, sing to the Lord. Give Him the praise He is due. God created and sustains us. He deserves our praise and our gratitude. All we have is His.

As it says elsewhere in the Scriptures, God prefers a broken and contrite heart to burn offerings and sacrifices. So worship God, repent of your sins. Offer Him your all. God will be pleased.

by Virgil Stripes

photo: The Sea of Galilee

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