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.
When people speak against us, whether it is true or false testimony, it still hurts. David experienced this more than anyone in the Bible with Jesus being the only exception. Yet he trusted in God and found God to be his refuge. In Psalm 64:10 David encourages all of us with the following passage: Let the righteous rejoice in the Lord and take refuge in him; let all the upright in heart praise him! No matter the circumstance or who stands against us, know that the Lord stands with us and provides the shelter we all need when the world seems to be against us. Trust in God and know He is with us always and remember to praise Him for it always.
God deserves our praise in all things, both good and bad. Psalm 47:1 says, Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy. This Psalm was written during the Assyrian invasion of Judah, but the author of this Psalm still encouraged the people to praise God. Regardless of the circumstance, God deserves our praise.