“Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation” (Psalm 111:1).TEXT — Psalm 111:1-10
An evangelist once said, “When a true child of God prays without answers, he or she should switch over to singing praises to the King of glory. Genuine praises often move God to action”. Rather than lament behind the bars, Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises to God. Suddenly, there was a great earthquake that shook the foundation of the prison, threw its doors open and loosed their bands (Acts 16:25,26).
The author of the psalm under consideration specifically praises God Almighty for His glory, grace, mercy, provision and works. He begins with “Praise ye the LORD”. Subsequently, he reiterates his commitment to giving thanks to the Lord. He cites the great works of the Lord as the rationale for praising Him with his whole heart. He mentions God’s grace and compassion towards him in times of trials and troubles.
He remembers how God provides meat “unto them that fear Him” and how He redeems His people from the hands of their enemies. He proclaims God’s goodness and uprightness, especially His unshaken commitment to fulfilling all His covenants.
The psalmist’s heart of praises reveals how believers can meaningfully lift up our Creator.
He praises the Lord with the totality of his heart without distraction and interruption on account of how He was gracious to him during troublous times as a fugitive. He also appreciates the Lord for keeping His covenant with Israel.
Like him, we must develop the healthy habit of praising God both in private and in public. Rendering songs of hallelujah from holy hearts elicits His intervention when we experience grave challenges.
Thought for the day
Genuine praises speed up answers to prayers.
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- 2 CORINTHIANS 1 – 4