God deserves to be honored and praised because of His ability to do more than we can ever comprehend. In Ephesians 3:20-21 Paul finishes the third chapter with, 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. God has taken care of His people for all generation and He will continue to do it into eternity. We are never alone and He will never leave us. Praise God for that!
Today we read the final Psalm in the Book of Psalm. It is a fitting reminder of all creation’s praise for the Creator of the universe. Psalm 150:6 closes with, Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. Reading through the Psalms reminds us of our path as believers and parallels our journey through this life. We will have ups and downs throughout our lives, but God is always with us.
We should all be compelled to praise God for His never ending love and all He has, and continues, to do for us. Psalm 149:1 says, Praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the saints. The author of this Psalm conveys his desire to praise God through song. What are you compelled to do in praise to God?
All creation, whether consciously or not, exalts the Creator of the Universe. Psalm 148:13 says, Let them praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted, his splendor is above the earth and the heavens. If nothing more than the product of creation existed, its splendor alone would praise God. All of creation is a reminder of the Creator.
God deserves our praise above all else. In Psalm 138:1 David says, I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; before the “gods” I will sing your praise. When David mentions “gods”, this could be anything we put before the only true God. It could be an actual idol or simply something we deem more important than God. We must put God higher than anyone and anything, because he deserves our praise and reverence.
There is nothing sweeter than the feeling you get from true worship. When we feel God’s presence, it is truly something wonderful. Psalm 134:2 says, Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord. Make your worship a true act of praise no matter where you are. It should feel like an individual act even in a group of people.
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.