Take a moment and consider why you practice praising God as a regular habit and discipline. Think about why you do what you do when it comes to recognizing and honoring God.
Read Psalm 145, preferably out loud.
Psalm 145 is a hymn of praise to the Lord, the great King, for His mighty acts and benevolent virtues, which are reflections and examples of his kingly rule. Between the two-line introduction (v 1-2) and the one-line conclusion (v 21), four poetic paragraphs develop themes of praise, each introduced with a thematic line (v 3, 8, 13b, 17). Consider this outline of the Psalm.
1-2: An initial commitment to praise
3-7: Praise of God’s mighty acts, which display his greatness (v 3) and his goodness (v 7)
8-13a: Praise of God’s benevolent virtues, which moves all creatures to celebrate the glory of His Kingdom
13b-16: Praise God’s faithfulness
17-20: Praise of God’s righteousness
21: Every creature must take up the praise of God – forever
Let’s examine the first two verses of Psalm 145 today: Verses 1-2 read…”I will exalt you my God the King, I will praise your name forever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.” The Psalmist says, “I will” three times in two lines.
How should you handle God’s name? V 21 says, “Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.” The name of the Lord is a manifestation of his character. Scripture argues that the name of the Lord protects His people. The Lord saves by His name. His acts of care and provision testify that He is near. Based on real-time evidence, the godly “trust” in His name, hope in His name, sing praise to His name, and rejoice in His name. Both the love and fear that belong to God alone are similarly directed toward His name.
The Scriptures speak of glorifying God by the praise of humans (and by rocks if people are negligent), by our response of good works, by bearing fruit, by our spiritual unity, and being entirely consecrated to the LORD. Praise to God is commanded in song, with musical instruments, is to be universal (may the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you. Psalm 67:3), and perpetual (through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise – the fruit of lips that confess his name. Hebrews 13:15).
Peter, a writer of several New Testament letters, presents a four-fold reason for praising God. In 1 Peter 2:9, Peter says, “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, so that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
Will you practice unceasing praise? Why would you? Because God is the King. He deserves it because of who He is and what He does. Say with me, “I will praise and exalt you, My King.”
Grow devotionally. Followers of the one true God need to remember who the King of heaven and earth really is. Renew today your commitment to practice praising God as a holy habit.
Love is a verb,
©2015 by Mike Olejarz