November 8 – Praise

Psalm 146   (NLT)

Praise the Lord!

Let all that I am praise the Lord.
    I will praise the Lord as long as I live.
    I will sing praises to my God with my dying breath.

Don’t put your confidence in powerful people;
    there is no help for you there.
When they breathe their last, they return to the earth,
    and all their plans die with them.
But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper,
    whose hope is in the Lord their God.
He made heaven and earth,
    the sea, and everything in them.
    He keeps every promise forever.
He gives justice to the oppressed
    and food to the hungry.
The Lord frees the prisoners.
    The Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down.
    The Lord loves the godly.
The Lord protects the foreigners among us.
    He cares for the orphans and widows,
    but he frustrates the plans of the wicked.

10 The Lord will reign forever.
    He will be your God, O Zion, throughout the generations.

Praise the Lord!

How much do you actually praise God? Is it mostly on Sunday’s when you sing praise songs at your church service? Is it when you sing along with worship songs on your car radio? Do you ever stop at some moment on most days and actually praise God for something he has done for you?

If I’m honest, I actually don’t praise God on a regular basis. I’m more inclined to ask him for something. I tend to pray requests for the many people I know, for the leadership at my church, and for my family. In my mind, I know that God is supreme and amazing. When I read those verses in Colossians 1 that we looked at last week, I totally agreed with them:

“Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
    He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,[e]
16 for through him God created everything
    in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
    and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
    Everything was created through him and for him.
17 He existed before anything else,
    and he holds all creation together.
18 Christ is also the head of the church,
    which is his body.
He is the beginning,
    supreme over all who rise from the dead.[f]
    So he is first in everything.
19 For God in all his fullness
    was pleased to live in Christ,
20 and through him God reconciled
    everything to himself.
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth.”  (Colossians 1: 15 – 20)

But how often do I actually praise God myself? The person who wrote the psalm today knew how to praise God. He talks about praising God right to his dying breath. He celebrates God’s creative power in heaven and earth. He praises God for supporting people who are oppressed, hungry and unjustly imprisoned. God protects those who are ‘weighed down’ and people who don’t have families to care for them. 

The Lord will reign forever.
    He will be your God, O Zion, throughout the generations.

Praise the Lord!

My challenge for you and me today is to take some time to praise God. Think of the specific things God has done for you over your lifetime. Think of the things God has done for people you know. Praise God for that. Praise him for his amazing being. Use some of the words from Colossians 1 to express your thoughts if you are struggling to think of things to say. 

Even better, let’s challenge ourselves to find a moment each day to praise and thank God for even some small thing.

Our song for today is a beautiful praise classic – Praise My Soul the King of Heaven written by Francis Lyte in 1834

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