In today’s short Psalm we read of the Lord’s great love for us, which reminds us of His worthiness of our praise. In Psalm 117:2 it says, For great is His love towards us, and faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord. Let this Psalm be a reminder to us all that God’s love and gift of salvation is for all people. Regardless of who they are, if they believe in Him and accept the gift of salvation, then they can be in the presence of the King for all eternity.
When we praise God it is because we are thankful for being saved from certain eternal death. Psalm 116:2 says, Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. Worship is a thankful response to God. It is not a repayment to Him. An attempt to repay God for salvation is futile and can never be enough. It is a gift and worthy of our praise.
Too often we ask God to bless us and in turn give us the glory. In the best case, we may ask God to give us the glory while giving Him the glory at the same time. We may give God the glory for blessing us, but we get our own praise in the process. An example would be when we ask God for help with work so that we can be noticed and rewarded. There is nothing wrong with impressing people around us as long as we are certain God is not lost in the process. Psalm 115:1 says, Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. Before we ask God for anything, let us make sure we are doing it for the right reasons. We should also make sure God is praised and all glory goes to Him.
The scope of God’s love is prevalent in the way we loves and provides for all of us the same; rich, poor, oppressed, and free. God’s love does not discriminate and it never rests. And because of this we should never tire of praising Him for his provision. Psalm 113:3 says, From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised. Just as God never tires of providing for us, we should never tire of remembering where the provision comes from and in turn never tire of praising God for it.
Today’s Psalm was written as a praise to God after the Jews returned from exile in Babylon. Whether we have lived lives of hardship or relatively easy lives, God deserves our praise. In Psalm 107:32 it says, Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people and praise him in the council of the elders. God’s great love for us should give us all the reason we need to praise and worship Him openly and freely for all the world to see. Thankfulness should never be far from our lips if we know we have been saved by Him.
God, the creator of everything, is worthy of our praise. Psalm 96:4-5 says, 4 For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. 5 For all gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. There is a distinct difference between God and other gods; He is the only true God who created everything. All other gods are idols and excuses who allow people to hide behind their sin. Facing the truth and knowing we are imperfect and have sin in our life is tough, but God loves us. There is nothing that can compare to the love He has for us regardless of our sin.
God is loving and He wants a relationship with each of us, but let us not forget how worthy He is of our praise as our Creator and Lord. Psalm 95:6 says, Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. He is our creator and He created everything around us. Let us never forget the reverence and respect He deserves from us as a loving and perfect Father.
We should be thankful to God every day, not just when things are good or during times of remembrance like the Thanksgiving Holiday. In the beginning of Psalm 92 it says, 1 It is good to praise the Lord, and make music to your name, O Most High. We can never say thank you enough to God. It should be on the tip of our lips on a constant basis. Praise be to God.
Israel’s holidays are reminders of God’s miracles in delivering the people from evil. Asaph used Psalm 81 to remind the people of God’s deliverance in the exodus from Egypt. In Psalm 81:1 he calls out the people to praise God, Sing for joy to God our Strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob! Our Christian holidays (Christmas and Easter) should be reminders to us of the hope we have in God and His ultimate deliverance of us through salvation. Let us not forget the true meaning behind why we celebrate and why God is worthy of our praise.
Even when David was afraid and earnestly seeking God’s help, he took time to praise God for who He is and all He has done. In Psalm 70:4 David praises God with, But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation always say, “Let God be exalted!” God is worthy of our praise no matter the circumstances.